The plasterer is indispensable to most domestic and commercial worksites. They make walls and ceilings smooth and ready for decorating, plus many other requirements such as soundproofing and weatherproofing. They mix and apply different kinds of plaster to inside walls and ceilings and cover outside walls with coatings such as sand and cement render, pebble-dash, stone-effect materials and even machine-applied finishings.
There are two types of plasterer firstly, a solid plasterer and secondly a fibrous plasterer but many do both. Solid plastering is the application of wet finishes to surfaces and putting protective coverings such as pebble-dashing on external walls. Fibrous plastering involves creating ornamental plasterwork (such as ceiling roses and cornices) using a mixture of plaster and short fibres shaped with moulds and casts.
This competition has been designed to reflect the role of a plasterer and the standards that are expected within the construction industry. Competitors will be required to work with both solid and fibrous plaster.
This is an individual competition and competitors must be proficient with the core competencies above
Participants must be:
at least 16 years of age on 1st September 2021 and must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
• employed in the UK, having completed a relevant UK qualification in the last 12 months
• studying towards a relevant qualification in the UK, including T Levels
• working towards an apprenticeship in a relevant trade in the UK.
For more information about the National Qualifiers for this competition please refer to the Rules and Guidance document in the ‘Useful resources’ section below
Northern Ireland: 4 May
England, Scotland and Wales:
26 and 28 April
4, 10, 12, 19, 25 and 26 May
1, 17, 19, 14, 16, and 23 June