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Plastering involves applying interior and exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials to coat internal walls and ceilings.

Career Details


Students in Plastering are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Using brushes and trowels, and other industry tools, equipment, and machines
  • Measuring and mixing plaster to achieve the right consistency for each job
  • Mixing and applying base and finishing coats
  • Protecting nearby surfaces from splatters
  • Installing lathing, drywall, and plaster bases

Career Options

Most Plastering graduates go to work for construction companies or plastering unions. Plasterers spend most of the day on their feet in all kinds of environments—some projects may be inside, some may be outside, and others may even be elevated on scaffolding. Many plasterers work full time, but some may be hired on a contract basis.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Have strong math and reading skills.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Plastering Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Physical endurance

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