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Plastering Courses

Plastering Course - Intensive 5 Day (1 week)

Our Intensive 5 Day Plastering Training Course is a great introduction into the plastering trade. It covers a wide range of subjects within the plastering trade. including boarding, skimming ceilings & walls, floating, beading and coving.

Goldtrowel man teaching plastering

Mon - Fri 08:15 - 16:00

All Levels

Booking Dates
  • This Course includes the following:
  • 2 hours of purpose made training films 
  • Goldtrowel Training Certificate
  • 83 page illustrated training manual
  • Lifetime telephone support

Plastering Course Description

Goldtrowel can teach you to plaster (commonly known as Skimming or Skim) in just 1 day, however to master the art of plastering it will take much longer, so the truth is that the more it is practiced the better and more consistent you will get, during your 5 days plastering course with us you will skim finish plaster a number of times, this will result in you being able to skim plaster to a paintable finish, to compliment this skill you will also learn and complete the other core plastering traits listed below.

What you can expect to learn from this Plastering Course

  • Application of Finish plasters to various background surfaces
  • Understanding and usage of Finish Plasters
  • Reactions and affects of Finish Plasters
  • Float brick or block walls flat ready for finish plaster
  • Understand uses and types of corner beads
  • Cut and fix standard decorative Coving
  • Cut and fix skim beads, stop and render beads
  • Mix and apply sand and cement render 
  • Prepare various backgrounds to accept plaster
  • Understand backing coats and their uses
  • Lay floor screeds
  • Plaster repairs to wall and ceiling

During training please feel free to ask any questions you have, we actually welcome your questions, and remember there is no such thing as a `stupid` question! your training will not be rushed, but be aware plaster waits for no-one, it sets when it sets, this is one of the key skills you will learn during your training, this is why you will be allocated your own room where the set times can be learnt and understood, the walls and ceilings you will plaster are of the same standard found in domestic homes, which truth be told are not flat, not square and generally out of shape, the difference between skimming plasterboard and skimming existing plaster of any type is huge.

Pre-course Study Guide and After Care Support

Before starting your course you will have access to our unique Goldtrowel Plastering film tutorials, which are purpose made films showing you step by step instruction,you get a lifetime access to these films, if ever you need to refer to them in the future. You will also have access to our purpose made 83 page full colour illustrated training manual which you can download or print.

Upon completion of your course you can call our helpful and freindly staff if ever you need advice or guidance on any matter. Goldtrowel also offer and can supply plastering tools and equipment, ensuring you don`t waste time and money on inferior tools, this package is unique to Goldtrowel students.

5 Day Plastering Course - Content Breakdown


In depth discussion and demonstrations of plasterboard and board types, and how to correctly plasterboard ceilings, including plasterboarding around RSJ`s, and fire prevention requirements.

Fixing plasterboard to timber joists, types of plasterboard fixings, cutting and shaping plasterboard, uses and purposes of scrim tape, scrim joint your plasterboard.

Discussion and demonstration on applying finish plaster to plasterboard and existing plastered ceilings, then apply a 2 coat skim finish to your newly plasterboarded ceiling, using the correct method and procedures.


In depth discussion and demonstrations of mixing and applying backing coats, traditional sand and cement / Gypsum coats (float) coats, applying scratch coats and backing coat to solid wall/s, use of screeds when floating, ruling techniques `free ruling` and `bead ruling`.

discussion and demonstration in rubbing up and devil floating backing coats.

Discussion and demonstration on Angle beads, setting techniques and fixing of angle (Render) beads to full length external and/or window.


Discussion and demonstration of scrapeback and cut-back of your floated wall/s, ready for skim plaster finishing.

Discussion and demonstration of applying finish plaster to flat walls and window walls, apply 2 coat finish plaster to your previously floated wall/s.

Discussion and demonstration regarding repairs to ceilings and walls, carry out plaster repairs to ceiling and wall.

In depth discussion concerning quantities and coverage of materials used in plastering. 


Moving to a different room, you will be re-skimming over previously plastered wall/s and ceiling, this will combine your skills learnt on days 1 and 3.

Discussion and demonstration on the use of `skim` beads, cutting and fixing these angle beads to the wall/s externals.


Discussion and demonstration of laying traditional sand and cement floor screed, using datums, floor insulation and dpm (damp proof membranes). 

Discussion and demonstration about plaster coving, you will cut and fix coving to two walls incorparating acute and 90 degree internals and external end caps, clean fill and finish ready for decoration. 

If you feel like you want further training or time look at our 10 day course.

Frequently asked questions

Below are the most common questions that we get asked.

The ability to plaster to a DIY or home standard. Also you will gain the vital information and knowledge that is paramount for your plastering work to survive, and not have or develop faults such as cracking, crazing, delamination.

Not a formal qualification. But you will get a Goldtrowel Certificate of training, this will list what aspects of plastering you have received in your training, and if you passed! there is no formal test, but your instructor will let you know if there any problems during training, the reality is that if you attend all your plastering days, and show your ability to apply these during training you will pass your certificate.

In short NO you should not. however this is not to say that you are unable to complete work to a standard that a customer might be happy to pay for, but we do not recommend or endorse anyone claiming to be a competent working plasterer after just 1 weeks training.

No this course is a `hands on` practical plastering course. You will be in our plastering workshop throughout your course, we do have pre course paperwork available.

No, our course content is strategically designed to maximize your learning. But we do have other courses that specialise in just 1 or 2 traits of plastering, such as skimming and plaster boarding.

We have a maximum of 10 people on this course. Although often there are 4 in each group of new starters, we have learnt from over 20 years of training, what group size works the best for the learner outcome.

The only thing you need to bring is suitable clothing. All tools and equipment are supplied for you during your plastering course, we only use quality tools and equipment.

Yes you can extend your course. If you decide during or after your 5 day plastering course that you would like to take it up as a career or get formal qualifications, then you can upgrade your course without wasting time or being penalized, you will have completed the first week of the extended course and your payment will be deducted from the new course total cost.

Plastering Glossary

Skim - Finish - Set = All these words mean the same, they all refer to the final coat of plaster to a surface, ready for painting, this coat should be completed in 2 thin coats.

Float - Backing Coat - Scratch = This is the first coat of plaster that is put onto the raw internal wall (bricks, Blocks).

Scratch = This word refers to a backing coat that has been keyed. 

Plastering = This word incorporates every aspect of plastering, the word is not a trait, and wrongly gets used to describe a job, for example, a wall that needs plastering actually may need skimming, or floating, or boarding, or all 3 traits.

Rendering = Rendering is the trait of plastering that gets done to the exterior of a building, conventionally this is done in sand and cement.

Plasterboard - Dryline - Dryline - Sheet rock (US) - Board = This is the gypsum core paper faced sheet board used over timber joists and studs to line the surfaces, most modern builds use this product favourably for speed and cost.

Artex = This is a brand name product used in the UK from the 1970s untill the turn of the century, although still available, it was used as a decorative finish on walls and floors, this was an economic way of finishing surfaces without the need for a skilled plasterer, most artex contained a small amount of asbestos, and so should only be worked with post application by competent plasterers.

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