Plastering (Construction) Apprenticeship

Programme Description



This pathway provides a nationally agreed Plastering apprenticeship framework for a work based learning route into employment within the construction industry, using qualifications that combine both practical skills and knowledge.

Learners completing a Plastering apprenticeship will undertake work in areas such as:

Running in-situ moulds, applying plastering materials to detailing interiors/exteriors and produce reverse moulds for detailed fibrous plaster and cement castings.


Programme Features



As an apprentice you will be allocated a training advisor who will oversee and support you through your journey on this framework, working closely both with your employer and tutors at college. You will be expected to attend college one day/week for underpinning knowledge, and assessment will also take place in college or workplace on a regular basis. This course is both theory and practical based.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering includes:

  • Health and Safety in the construction industry
  • Confirming work activities and resources for an occupational work area in the workplace
  • Applying solid plaster to complex internal surfaces in the workplace
  • Producing complex external render finishes in the workplace
  • Running in-situ moulds in the workplace
  • Producing specialised plaster finishes in the workplace

Progression & Employment



Progression from this framework would be onto a level 4 higher apprenticeship in a construction related discipline or HNC in Construction Management and Technology. 


Programme Content



This pathway will develop your skills for employment as a qualified L3 Plasterer. Upon successful completion of this programme, Apprentices will achieve the following -

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering (Construction)

Level 3 Diploma in Plastering

Essential Skills Qualification in Communication and Application of Number at level 2

Employer Rights and Responsibilities


Programme Assessment



A variety of assessment methods are used which include written knowledge questions, online and practical skills tests.

Units are assessed by an NVQ portfolio and/or practically in the work place through the observation of working practices. Written and on line tests for the theory knowledge of NVQ and diploma qualifications will also be undertaken within the college.


Programme Entry Requirements



Although there are no formal entry requirements, students will need to have a good level of numeracy and literacy skills. Applicants should have an interest in the chosen craft and evidence of practical ability would be an advantage. In addition apprentices;

  • Must be employed status
  • Must be over 16 years of age
  • Attend a formal interview. You may be required to undertake a practical skills test as part of the interview process.
  • Undertake a diagnostic test on literacy and numeracy skills.