How to become a Plasterer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: May 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Plasterers apply different types of finish to interior walls and ceilings to prepare them for decorating. They also apply render and coatings to exterior walls. Plastering work is carried out on new-build properties and extensions to existing buildings, and to repair and maintain damaged wall surfaces or patch holes in walls caused by chasing electrical wires during the rewiring of a property.

Plasterers work directly for homeowners, carrying out home improvements and renovations, and for commercial property owners, property developers, organisations responsible for the restoration of historic buildings and landlords of shops, pubs, hotels and small industrial buildings. Plasterers are often subcontracted by general builders or other tradesmen to carry out plastering work. Some plasterers also provide related building services, such as wall and ceiling repair, painting, decorating and tiling.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a plasterer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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