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Getting started on a career in the wall and ceiling industry

Getting started in the wall & ceiling industry

The wall & ceiling industry is worth millions of dollars annually and employers are always looking for qualified workers. This page will give you some information to get started.

What is involved in the trade?

Plasterers make, apply and fix the internal linings and facades of commercial and domestic buildings. This includes decorative and protective covers made of plasterboard, fibre cement or similar materials.
Plasterers may perform the following tasks in both domestic and commercial markets:
  • measure room walls, work out sheet layout and install insulation
  • measure and mark cutting lines on the sheet
  • cut plasterboard, lift and position panels, nail/screw/glue to walls, ceilings or battens
  • prepare corner panel mouldings (cornice), ceiling centre and other plaster fittings
  • cover joins and nail holes with wet plaster or sealing compounds then finish the surface
  • fix precast cornices and panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings
  • apply finishing coats of plaster to give a smooth finish or decorative texture
  • install fire-rated wall/ceiling systems
  • spray fibrous materials over surfaces to be covered
  • install acoustic walls and treatments
  • render exterior walls and moulds
  • make fibrous plaster moulds
  • install facades, suspended ceilings, stud and track systems

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If you are looking for more information to get started on a career or apprenticeship in the wall and ceiling industry in New South Wales, contact Jane Barnes on (02) 9891 6188 or email