Plasterer Apprentice - Qualifications 

  1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  2. Must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  3. Must possess a valid drivers' license at the time of selection.
  4. Must posses the natural aptitudes essential to acquiring the skills of the trade, as determined by prescribed aptitude tests.
  5. Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations.
  6. Must be willing to comply with the terms and conditions of the (State of Nevada approved) standards.

The ability to get along with others also is important because plasterers frequently work in teams. High school courses in general mathematics, mechanical drawing, and shop provide a helpful background.

On-the-job training consists of informal instruction, in which experienced workers teach apprentices to use the tools, equipment, machines, and materials of the trade. Apprentices begin with tasks such as start by carrying materials, setting up scaffolds, and mixing various plastering materials, tending fireproofing hoses, or applying insolated foam to surface structures. Apprentices will eventually gain experience in lath bases, methods of plastering, blueprint reading, theme work including rock carving, and fireproofing. As training progresses, assignments become more complex.

Operative Plasterer's and Cement Masons' Union Local 797 and its signatory contractors sponsor this state approved apprenticeship program. The signatory contractors provide the means for apprentices to acquire their required 5000 hours of on-the-job training and the union provides training facilities for apprentices to satisfy the minimum 144 hours of classroom instruction each year. In the classroom, apprentices are provided instruction on topics such as (not inclusive): blueprint reading; scissor/boom lift operation; basic first aid/CPR; Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety classes; plastering materials; layout; history of the trade; specialty finishes; and theme work. They also learn how to use various tools, such as hand and powered trowels, floats, brushes, straightedges, power tools, plaster-mixing machines, and piston-type pumps.

Advancement is dependent upon satisfactorily completing required classroom instruction, accruing necessary on-the-job training hours, and prompt submission of required monthly forms. Upon satisfying State of Nevada requirements (3-years/5000 hours), you are advanced to Journeyperson status. With additional training, plasterers may become Foreman, General Foreman, or even Superintendents for plastering contractors.

Plasterers should enjoy doing demanding work and working with their hands. They should take pride in craftsmanship and be able to work without close supervision.