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Certificate of Qualification 453A

Drywall Finisher & Plasterer

A Drywall Finisher & Plasterer is a skilled tradesperson who is responsible for installing and finishing drywall and plaster surfaces in buildings. They use a variety of tools and techniques to apply and smooth plaster or drywall compound to create a smooth, level surface. Drywall Finishers & Plasterers may also be responsible for sanding, painting, and texturing surfaces to achieve the desired finish. They work closely with other tradespeople, such as Carpenters and Painters, to ensure that the project is completed on time and to the required specifications. Drywall Finishers & Plasterers must have good attention to detail and be able to work effectively as part of a team.

Required Skills & Features

  • Physical endurance, flexibility and strength

  • Estimate, and calculate the size and dimensions of objects

  • Attention to detail, problem-solving and job planning

Minimum Standards

  • Grade 10 Math and English credits 

  • High school transcript or high school diploma (equivalent GED)


3000 hours of on-the-job training, supplemented by one 12-week block of in-class technical training.

Employment Areas

  • Institutional and Commercial Construction

  • New Home Building and Renovation

  • Self employed

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Finish, maintain and restore plaster or similar materials on interior and exterior walls, ceilings and building partitions to produce plain or decorative surfaces. 

  • Applying, levelling and smoothing coats of plaster

  • Spraying coats of stucco over the exteriors of buildings to form weatherproof surfaces

  • Finishing corners and angles and creating decorative designs

  • Positioning and securing drywall sheets to metal or wooden studs

  • Cutting and installing metal corner beads to protect exterior corners


Certified Tradesperson Wage:
Approx: $47/Hr


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