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.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Accuracy

  • Customer service skills

  • Manual dexterity

  • Attention to detail

  • Teamwork

  • Timekeeping

  • Hand-eye co-ordination

  • Working under pressure

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition and competitors must be proficient with the core competencies above.

National Qualifier dates

  • Northern Ireland: 27 May
  • England, Scotland and Wales: 8 June, 9 June,  15 June, 16 June, 22 June, 23 June

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register before 14 May

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions at their local college, training provider centre or work place, or, take part in an online competition

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2022 for the WorldSkills Lyon 2024 cycle

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