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Plastering - Qualification - City & Guilds - 4 Week Course

This 4 week Plastering Course is for those wishing to start a career in plastering, but who have a limited time available. The course will give you the opportunity to make the move with minimal financial outlay, whilst still learning the essential plastering skills required to work in the real world. It also has the benefit of still getting you a recognised City and Guilds Plastering Certificate.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Duration: 20 days
£1,800.00 INC VAT
May 2024
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Course Description.

To achieve this City & Guilds certificate it will require you to undertake Plastering training and assessment using credits which are achieved by completing various units from the City & Guilds 6219 suite. This qualification includes most of the plastering traits needed to work in domestic plastering, you will be assessed during training, so you will leave having achieved the qualification.

What you can expect to learn from this course.

  • Application of Finish plasters to various background surfaces.
  • Understanding and usage of finish plasters
  • Reactions and effects of finish plaster.
  • Float brick or block walls ready for finish plaster
  • Understand uses and types of corner beads
  • Cut and fix standard decorative coving
  • Dot and Dab Plasterboard
  • Cut and fix skim beads, stop, float and render beads
  • Mix and apply sand and cement render
  • Prepare various backgrounds to accept plaster finishes
  • Understand backing coats and their uses
  • Lay floor screeds
  • Plaster repairs to wall and ceiling
  • Apply Artex and Plaster over Artex
  • Pricing and Estimations

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.

20 Day City & Guilds Plastering training 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`, rubbing up and devil floating backing coats.

Further discussion and demonstration on Angle beads, setting techniques and fixing of angle (Render) beads to full length external and/or window, scrape back and cut-back of your floated wall/s, ready for skim plaster finishing, applying finish plaster to flat walls and window walls, apply 2 coat finish plaster to your previously floated wall/s, repairs to ceilings and walls and carry out plaster repairs to ceiling and wall.

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.

In depth discussion concerning quantities and coverage of materials used in plastering and the use of `skim` beads, cutting and fixing these angle beads to the wall/s externals.

Explanation and chance to practice laying traditional sand and cement floor screed, using datums, floor insulation and dpm (damp proof membranes), 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. 

You will then be moving into different rooms, with each room having its own unique problems, these differences highlight the skills required to successfully complete plastering tasks in different houses / environments, in addition to the skills learnt in week 1, you will learn new skills (traits) such as dot and dab, this is a very popular method of plastering and used extensively in the modern construction industry, this shows you how to stick plasterboard to the wall before applying your finish plaster.

Another new skill learnt in week 2 is the application of Artex, and how to plaster over it, Artex is a decorative finish used predominately through the 70`s - 90`s, and although this is rarely used nowadays, there is still a lot of homes that still have it on both the walls and ceilings, it is a very common job for plasterers to overcome, you will be shown methods of how to plaster this successfully. 

Lastly you will be learning how to quantify, select and price the job your doing, whether this is for your own personal plastering job or someone else.

The third week follows suit with the previous 2 weeks, but each room, wall or ceiling you plaster during this week will become more problematic and bigger, you will start using some specialist tools, commonly associated with professional plastering, such as speed skims, flexi-trowels, plastic trowels, midget trowels, margin trowels and spatulas.

The final week will be used for your City & Guilds Assessments, you will be given instructions and drawings for you to work from, your job will be assessed in the training centre by your assessor.

Established in 1999
20+ year history of Training
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Asheton Farm Business Centre
Stapleford Abbotts