Course Title Plastering Level 2 Apprenticeship
Level: 2
Code M07-D

Overview of the Course

This apprenticeship is ideal for anyone who is thinking of working within the construction industry as a plasterer. It covers a broad range of skills which are put to use on a range of sites, from large building sites to private houses. An apprenticeship combines hands-on learning at work with studying at college to gain a nationally-recognised qualification. This programme provides a rounded training and covers a broad range of training, including working on a range of sites from private houses to large building sites. During the apprenticeship you will develop a range of plastering skills including preparing surfaces for plaster, and working with fibrous plaster to create solid internal and external finishes. You also specialize your training with two optional units – e.g. laying screeds, fixing plasterboards or installing dry linings. The plastering apprenticeship is made up of the following elements: Level 2 Construction Diploma, NVQ Level 2 in Plastering, Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT, Employment Rights and Responsibilities. The NVQ in Plastering is made up of a range of mandatory and optional units. Mandatory units include: Conform to general workspace safety, Conform to efficient work practices, Move and handle resources, Prepare background surfaces for plaster, Produce internal solid plastering finishes, Produce external solid finishes. Optional units (two required) include: Apply finishing plaster to background surfaces, Install direct bond, Dry linings, Lay sand and cement screeds, Apply projection plaster, Maintain equipment, Install mechanically fixed plasterboard. This course will involve 20% of your time to be dedicated to off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to commencement of apprenticeship and will need to achieve at least a high entry level or Level 1 (GCSE D-E standard) in both assessments for level 2. Students must be employed within the industry.


You may wish to progress onto a higher qualification.

Course Duration

18-24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  • Earn while you learn
  • Learning skills that employers want
  • Excellent progression routes
  • Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  • Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


As well as the college attendance, your assessor will visit you on a regular basis and support you with developing your electronic portfolio which is used as evidence in order to complete your Apprenticeship as it brings everything together. You are assessed in the workplace by a qualified and trade-competent assessor who will help support you and your employer in achieving your qualification. Some elements are assessed by exam. At these meetings observations, question and answer sessions and reviews will take place.

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