Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for plasterers varies depending on their employer, location and experience.

  • Apprentice plasterers may start on the training or adult minimum wage. The rate goes up as they gain experience and unit standards.
  • Inexperienced plasterers without a qualification may start on minimum wage or a little more.
  • After a year or two, plasterers usually earn between $18 and $22 an hour.
  • Experienced plasterers may earn between $22 and $27 an hour.
  • Income for plasterers who run their own business varies depending on the success and size of their business.

    Sources : Trade Me Jobs, 2016; Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of New Zealand, 2016.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Plasterers may do some or all of the following :

  • advise clients on suitable products for their projects and prepare quotes for work
  • erect scaffolding (if it is less than five metres high)
  • clean and prepare surfaces for plastering
  • mix and apply plaster to surfaces
  • sand surfaces ready for painting
  • run their own business.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Plasterers need to have knowledge of :

  • plastering materials, compounds and equipment
  • plastering methods, such as how to prepare a surface and apply plaster
  • how to apply different flashing and cladding systems
  • health and safety regulations.
  • Plasterers running their own business need small business skills.

    Plasterers :

  • usually work regular hours, but may work weekends and evenings
  • work on building sites and in buildings being renovated, where conditions can be noisy and dusty
  • may have to travel locally to job sites.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements for becoming a plasterer.

    However, many employers prefer to employ plasterers who are working towards, or have, a qualification. The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) oversees plasterer apprenticeships.

    Plasterers usually specialise in exterior (solid) or interior (fibrous) plastering.

    Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a plasterer. However, NCEA Level 2 maths, English and workshop technology are useful.

    Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry, and gain relevant skills, by doing National Certificates in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.

    For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

    Plasterers need to :

  • be careful, methodical and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • be able to follow instructions
  • have good problem-solving skills.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for plasterers includes any work in building or construction, especially as a plasterer's assistant.

    Plasterers need to :

  • be fit and healthy as their work can be physically demanding
  • have a strong back and arms, good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses) and steady hands
  • be comfortable working at heights.
  • Registration

    To carry out certain exterior plastering work you need to be a licensed plasterer as part of the Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme.

    To get a licence, you need to prove your experience and / or have appropriate qualifications.

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