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Plastering - DIY - 5 Day Course

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.

Level: Beginner
Duration: 5 days
£595.00 INC VAT
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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
  • Prepare various backgrounds to accept plaster
  • Understand backing coats and their uses
  • 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 friendly 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 plaster boarding 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 plaster boarded 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 incorporating 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.

Established in 1999
20+ year history of Training
Taught by experts
with years in the industry
Approved training
for fully accredited qualifications

Our Location

Asheton Farm Business Centre
Stapleford Abbotts