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The Plastering Apprenticeship Training Program

Sometimes referred to as the construction industry’s “finishing force”, it is essential that the modern union plasterer is taught an array of skills, along with safety training that is second to none. As one of the nation’s most comprehensive plastering apprenticeship training programs, Plasterers’ Local 200 instructors are dedicated to teaching workers state-of-the-art techniques in craftsmanship and safety.

The Plastering Apprenticeship Training Program is a 4-year program consisting of 600 hours of classroom training and 6,816 hours of on-the-job training. Training classes are held year-round and are mandatory for all apprentices. Under the guidance of a credentialed instructor, apprentices will receive classroom and hands-on training.


The Plastering Trade

Plastering is the art and skill of applying various materials over various surfaces. Plastering produces both exterior and interior walls, ceilings, and other surfaces in the construction or remodeling of a diversity of structures. The plasterer of today uses materials that require modern equipment, new techniques and proper training .

The Plastering Apprentice

The Plasterering Apprenticeship Training Program is committed to bringing quality and integrity to the workplace. The Plastering Apprenticeship Training Program prides itself on its ability to provide the highest qualified craftsmen in the industry. Through a stringent and certified apprenticeship program, each apprentice enters the job site with the knowledge and skills required to do the job right.


Classroom Training

  • History of Plastering

  • Labor and Management Relations

  • Proper Use of Trade Tools and Equipment

  • OSHA Safety Training

  • Scaffold Safety Training

  • CPR and First Aid Training

  • Blueprint Reading and Layout

  • Trade Math and Leveling

  • Theme Plastering (Rock Carving)

  • Basic Lath

  • Gypsum Plaster

  • Cement Mortars

  • Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS)

  • Venetian Plaster

  • Fireproofing

On-The-Job Training

  • Site Preparation

  • Lathing Basics

  • Interior and Exterior Plaster

  • Operations

  • Fireproofing

Journeyperson Upgrade Courses

Continuous education does not stop with a completion certificate. Plasterers' Local 200 offers journeyman upgrade courses.