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Plastering Apprenticeship Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

This course is for school leavers and adults who are working within the construction industry as a plasterer.

Successful students tend to:

  • have practical skills and good hand skills
  • be able to follow technical drawings, building plans, and other instructions
  • be fit and strong enough to carry tools and materials
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work quickly and neatly
  • enjoy working with others.

All students will study the following:

You will study a Level 3 Diploma in Plastering , NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Plastering (solid), Employers Rights and Responsibilities and Functional skills English and Maths at level 1 or 2

All equipment is provided by the college but students are encouraged to build their own tool kit as the course progresses

Hi – vis vest will be supplied by the college
Hi – vis vest and ID badges must be worn at all times

Course content

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Plastering - Solid

Mandatory Units

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace
  • Confirming the Occupational Method of Work in the Workplace
  • Confirming Work Activities and Resources for an Occupational Work Area in the Workplace
  • Developing and Maintaining Good Occupational Working Relationships in the Workplace
  • Producing External Rendering Finishes in the Workplace
  • Producing Internal Solid Plastering Finishes in the Workplace

Optional Units

  • Installing Direct Bond Dry Linings in the Workplace
  • Installing Mechanically Fixed Plasterboard in the Workplace
  • Running In-situ Mouldings in the Workplace


Level 3 Diploma in Plastering

All Mandatory Units

  • Analysing technical information, quantities and communication with others
  • Analysing the construction industry and built environment
  • Health, safety and welfare in construction and associated industries
  • Install complex fibrous plaster components
  • Prepare and run in-situ moulds
  • Produce complex components from moulds
  • Produce complex moulds for fibrous plaster and cememnt casting


Functional Skills

  • Level 1 or 2 Mathematics
  • Level 1 or 2 Communication

Entry requirements

Candidates must be working for a minimum of 16 hours per week in the industry, have the support of the employer and be capable of achieving Functional Skills at the required level.

West Lancashire College will also accept credits previously gained through the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

All successful candidates will be interviewed/assessed and selected for the course


  • Assessment is via multiple choice examination and practical tests
  • Awarding body phase test
  • Portfolio of knowledge
  • On site assessment
  • Work based recorder

Future opportunities

To continue gaining skills and industry specific qualifications.

This course may allow students to progress onto Higher education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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