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Plastering Level 3 Apprenticeship at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

Our Apprenticeship and NVQ programmes will develop new or existing employees so you will be able to:

  • Observe all Health & Safety requirements and work efficiently in the workplace
  • Install direct bond dry lining and mechanically fix boards, produce internal solid plaster finishes (complex), produce external render finishes (complex) in the workplace
  • Produce and install fibrous plaster components in the workplace

The following qualifications for this Advanced Apprenticeship are offered:

  • NVQ level 3 Plastering Occupations (Onsite Competence Based Element )
  • Level 3 Technical certificate/Diploma (In College Knowledge based element)
  • Diploma in Plastering Level 3

Employment rights and responsibilities:

  • This part of the apprenticeship is covered in the Technical certificate/Diploma

Functional Skills:

  • This element ensures that apprentices have the Numeracy level 2 and Literacy level 2 skills they need to function effectively in the workplace. Usually completed in Level 3 apprenticeships.

Key areas:

  • NVQ level 2, there are 3 mandatory units plus 1 additional pathway
  • Technical certificate/Diploma level 2 there are 19 mandatory units
  • NVQ level 3, there are 4 mandatory units plus 1 additional pathway
  • Technical certificate/Diploma level 3 there are 21 mandatory units

Entry requirements

Students must be employed within the industry. Students are required to take an initial assessment of literacy and numeracy and will need to achieve at least a high entry level or Level 1 (GCSE D-E standard) in both assessments for level 2 and level 2 (GCSE A-C standard) in both assessments for the level 3 programme. You will also have to have your level 2 in Plastering before moving on to level 3.


An assessor is assigned to each student to provide guidance and support throughout the programme. NVQ assessment is carried out in the workplace

Financial information

Important Note: All students are required to wear appropriate protective equipment in the workshops, including safety boots and overalls

Future opportunities

Plasterers often move into other related trades such as Heritage, Fibrous, refurbishment work, maintenance work and systems installation. They may also want to move into the technical or supervisory side of the industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • Technical and Enterprise courses are located in this modern, purpose built facility that includes fully equipped workshops and laboratories for a number of trades such as dental technology, furniture making, bricklaying, painting and decorating, joinery, plastering, plumbing, electrical/gas installation and heating and ventilation workshops.

      The campus also houses motor vehicle repair workshops and an industry standard paint spraying booth.

      The college has invested £250,000 in environmental technologies facilities which include workshops housing the latest low carbon equipment and a full size ‘green’ home on which to demonstrate and deliver the latest green technologies skills training.