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.


Key Units

The apprentice will develop a range of plastering skills including preparing surfaces for plaster, and working with fibrous plaster to create solid internal and external finishes. They will also specialise their 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 mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory units: 

• 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):

• 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


What are the entry requirements?

Students must be employed within the industry. Students are required to take an initial assessment of literacy and numeracy and will need to achieve at least Level 1 (GCSE D-E standard) in both assessments for level 2.


Level 3 qualifications and/or Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Plastering Level 3.

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 the apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional Skills are available at Level 1 for this Framework.


Development of the job role competencies and skills and behaviours can be delivered exclusively by Bury College, co-delivered with a workplace mentor who will work alongside the Learning and Skills Coach to support and log the apprentice's progress. The dedicated, qualified Learning and Skills Coach will support the teaching and learning of the apprentice in their development of knowledge and competence in their work-based activities for the Level 2 Assessment of the apprentice's progress in their workplace competencies involves:


The Learning Skills Coach will use a range of methods to assess it:-


·         Direct observations in the workplace

·         Written assignments or tasks

·         Professional discussions

·         Question and answer sessions

·         Reviews

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