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As part of this standard you will need to work towards Level 2 and achieve Level 1 functional skills in maths and English.


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39 months duration with 36 months learning and 3 months end point assessment. 


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Maximum of £10,000 if you are a Levy payer. Maximum of £500 if you are a non-Levy company


This apprenticeship standard is an ideal programme for those wishing to work in an environment where they are applying a range of plastering systems on to different background surfaces using traditional and modern materials.

Background surfaces will include solid plain walls, walls with openings and returns, ceiling joists and partitions and beams and piers that are attached or independent of walls. Developing skills around solid plastering work, to include, preparing solid backgrounds by hand and mechanical means and installing sheet materials such as expanded metal lath/rib lath, standard angle beads, skim beads, stop beads, expansion beads and reinforcements for the application of one, two or three coat plastering or rendering systems.

As a solid plasterer you would mainly be installing products on site


This apprenticeship is delivered through a blended learning approach of planned face to face learning sessions, remote learning activities, workplace visits, on and off the job training and 1 to 1 support.

It covers areas such as:

  • Understanding materials and the types of traditional and modern materials; moving, handling and storage of them; their uses and characteristics, e g types, condition, strength and compatibility. Cost awareness and environmental considerations/waste awareness, e g surface water management and recycling. Chemical damp proofing installation, moisture effects and damage.

  • Developing skills to fix and joint plasterboard. Construct metal framed partitions, wall linings and openings in preparation for boarding. Mechanically install plasterboard to timber and lightweight metal framing. Direct bond plasterboard to masonry. Use hand applied and machine applied tape and jointing systems.

  • Developing behaviours to ensure quality focus. Being reliable, productive, efficient and quality focus in work and in personal standards to current industrial standards. Developing an awareness and consideration of other trades, e g plaster walls in a way that allows for pipes and electrical wiring.

  • Learn how to interpret the appropriate work plan for the job, taking into account factors such as background substrates, building age, listed status, accessibility, quality of surrounding wall, other trades in the work area, customers and related legislation and regulations.

Throughout the apprenticeship learners will complete a portfolio of evidence with work they have completed. Without this evidence learners will not be able to progress to their End Point Assessment.


This apprenticeship includes an end point assessment consisting of:

  • Knowledge assessment
  • Practical skills test
  • Oral questioning (based on evidence from portfolio)

Progression Opportunities

Completing this apprenticeship programme with its transferable skills will enable progression into roles such as supervisory and management roles or other technically specific areas.




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