Fibrous Plasterer

Fibrous plasterers make, apply and fix the internal linings of commercial and domestic buildings. They may perform tasks including:

  • measuring room walls, working out plasterboard layout, and installing insulation and moisture barriers;
  • cutting plasterboard, lifting and positioning panels and nailing, screwing or securing them with glue to walls and ceilings, or to wooden strips called battens;
  • preparing corner beading panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings;
  • spraying fibrous materials over surfaces to be covered and;
  • making fibrous plaster sheets and moulds in factories.

Fibrous plasterers may specialise as fixers, installing fibrous plaster sheets and cornices in buildings; sheet hands, making fibrous plaster sheets; or mould hands, making plaster moulds.  Fibrous plasterers work in dusty conditions.  They may have contact with the public.

Personal Requirements

  • able to work with your hands
  • able to work at heights
  • able to do neat, accurate work

Education and Training

Entry to this occupation is by way of an apprenticeship.  There are pre-apprenticeship courses available.

  • Pre-Apprenticeship in Fibrous Plastering
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction – Fitout and Finish (Fibrous Plastering)
  • Apprenticeship in Fibrous Plastering

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