OFO No: 642301

Other names for Plasterer:

  • Concrete / Cement Plasterer
  • Interior Plasterer
  • Ornamental / Stucco Plasterer
  • Plasterer and tiler
  • Plastering Contractor
  • Solid Plasterer

What is a Plasterer?

Plasterers are in demand!

A Plasterer is skilled at working with plaster (a paste that hardens making a strong structure).

Plasterers are needed in the construction of buildings and homes, specifically when new walls are needed.

They apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, floors, or partitions of buildings, using trowels, brushes, or spray guns.

Plasterers also work to refurnish existing plasterwork in need of repair.

What does a Plasterer do?

  • mixes mortar
  • measures the surfaces needing plaster
  • applies base coats
  • works in a team or individually to apply plaster
  • adds decorative coverings to outside surfaces of buildings

Are you … ?

  • physically fit, particularly with upper body strength?
  • someone with an eye for detail?
  • team player?
  • able to make deadlines?
  • good with hands and tools?

How do I become a Plasterer?

You can choose one of these career pathways:


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college with practical training under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Construction Carpenter (Plastering) Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate (Engineering Studies) N1, N2 and N3
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Plasterer  without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 
  • MerSETA

Approved and accredited MerSETA training companies: Type your trade choice in and click on FIND.

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Tiler … or …  Stonemason

Is becoming a Plasterer the right career choice for me?