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Our intensive plastering courses are aimed at beginners with little or no previous experience. 

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Intensive Plastering Courses Learner Review

Great environment, excellent tuition, flexible enough to accommodate different standards and learning styles. Excellent post course support offered. Lots of practical work which is was the only way to improve. The course required a lot of material and it was good to see it freely available. Great course and many thanks.  Plastering course feedback.

Roger Pearson, Plastering course

You are welcome to arrange to visit our centre to see one of our plastering courses in action and see the high standard of work that all learners achieve.  Our  courses are limited to 10 people and they fill up quickly so visit now and book a place. Join thousands of satisfied customers who have learned a trade with us.

Plastering Courses Outline.

This 10 day plastering courses are designed to teach you the skills complete plastering work to a high standard.  The course concentrates on skimming, skimming, skimming, as this will be the main work you will complete away from the centre.

To ensure you have skills and confidence apply finishing plaster, you will skim straight onto plasterboards, you will plaster previously plastered walls, you will skim a ceiling and a raked wall/ceiling, you will skim internal and external angles and a window opening / reveal.  During the course you will also fix plasterboards to a ceiling, stud walls and solid walls plus you will complete patch and repair work.

The best way to learn how to plaster is by having a trowel in your hand and plastering.  This plastering course, as with all our plastering courses, is intensive and aimed at providing you with as much quality training as possible in the time you are at the centre, therefore you will spend every hour of every day learning and practicing.  During the course you will learn plastering with a marshalltown pre-worn stainless steel trowel, a 16″ Refina Plaziflex trowel and a Nela Superflex trowel.

Our plastering courses are practical based and classroom time is kept to a minimum. A plasterer is paid for the quality of his finish and this course gives you the extra time to practice and practice and practice.

Spaces are limited to 10 people on a course at any one time and each person will have their own individual, purpose built bay as you can see in the photos below.

We have plastering courses listed on the National Career Service Website National Career Service Website

This course is available as part of an ELC course.  Please refer to the following page for details of the ELC course ELC Course Info

Plastering Courses Full Details

During this plastering course you will have your own training bay and throughout the course you will complete your own work including mixing your own materials, fixing boards and apply plaster in your own bays.  The course is taught by a plasterer with over 30 years experience in plastering and who enjoys passing his expertise onto others.

The best way of learning how to plaster is to be in your training bays with a trowel in your hand and plastering as much as possible. You will be plastering a wall approx 8ft high x 9ft wide on your first day.  You will learn how to plaster using 3 different types of trowels which will help you achieve an excellent finish.  You will fix plasterboards to stud and solid walls, apply multi finish to plasterboards and pre-plastered walls.  Also, you will complete patch and repair work, apply a finishing plaster, board and plaster a ceiling including a raked ceiling.  During the course we will also go through how to cover artex, how to apply a backing plaster, how to board an RSJ.  With our plastering course you will use the materials you would in real life.

During this 10 day plastering course you will

  • Apply plaster to plasterboard walls, including internal and external angles and a window opening and niche.
  • Apply plaster to previously plastered walls, including internal and external angles and a window opening and niche.
  • Measure, cut and fix plasterboards to a stud wall.
  • Fix plasterboards to solid/brick walls using the dot and dab technique.
  • Fix plasterboards to a ceiling area and apply plaster to a ceiling area.
  • Fix plasterboards and apply finishing plaster to a raked ceiling/wall.
  • Measure, cut and fix beading and scrim tape.
  • Complete patch and repair work to a damaged wall.
  • Understand how to cover artex.
  • Understand how to board and skim an RSJ.
  • Understand the range of materials used in plastering including bonding, multi finish, hardwall, different beads, PVA, Thistle Bond-It, etc., when to use these products, coverage, setting time and considerations when applying.
  • Understand the different boards available, including soundbloc, moisture, fireline, foilback, duraline, thermaline, etc., and their suitability for different applications.
  • Understand and carryout preparations required prior to plastering and gain knowledge of different backgrounds that receive plaster and how to prepare different backgrounds.
  • Understand the different tools and equipment used in plastering.
  • Understand how to correctly plan and prepare plastering projects, including the tools and materials needed, time frames and material costs.
  • Understand the different methods used to price jobs, deal with customers and overcome problems that may arise
  • Students will also be provided with support after completing their plastering course and are able to contact their tutor by phone, email or WhatsApp, or arrange to visit the training centre to discuss their queries.
  • Fully answer all questions related to the trade. The course is taught by an experienced plasterer with a passion for the trade and we encourage learners to ask as many questions as they wish during the course.

Plastering Course Cost.

The cost of this plastering course is £995 INC VAT.  You only need to bring yourself, work clothes and footwear and your lunch, we will provide everything else.

The course is 10 days in duration, Monday to Thursday from 8.30am until 4.30pm and Fridays from 8.30am until 3pm.

Our centre based in Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2DJ.  Please arrive at the training centre at least 15 minutes before the course start time.

We ask for a  deposit of £150 to secure your place on our plastering training course and full payment at least four weeks before your course start date.

This 10-day plastering course can be completed as part of your ELC course.  More information can be found on the following page ELC Course Information.

Booking terms and conditions.

If you wish to book onto a plastering course please contact us either via email at or call 01782 837007.

Our plastering training courses are very popular and book up quickly and as we only have 10 spaces on each course the course dates below maybe full before we have time to update this website. 

Also it is worth noting that as we are flexible with customers, we do allow them to change course dates and so spaces may become available before we have had time to update the website.  It is worth adding your details to our reserve list as we will contact people on the list first to offer new spaces.  To be added to our reserve list, email your contact details to

Start Date
July 1st 2024 – 2 places available
August 12th 2024 – Full, reserve list available
August 26th 2024 – Full, reserve list available
September 9th 2024 – 7 places available
September 23rd 2024 – 1 place available
October 7th 2024 – 9 places available
November 4th 2024- 4 places available
November 18th 2024- 9 places available
December 2nd 2024- 10 spaces available
January 6th 2025 – 10 places available
January 20th 2025 – 10 places available
February 3rd 2025 – 10 places available
February 17th 2025 – 10 places available
March 3rd 2025 – 10 places available
March 31st 2025 – 10 places available

Course Location

Our training centre is based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 2DJ.  We have no other training centres anywhere else in the UK and we are not associated with any other training providers.

There are several hotels and B&Bs within 5/10 miles of our training centre.  Accommodation is also available at a cost of £100 per week, email for more information.

Customer Feedback.

Below is feedback from people who have attended our plastering courses.

All feedback forms from everyone who completes our courses are available at the centre.

I feel I have learnt a lifelong skill which can be used to renovate my home and most importantly gain employment (self or otherwise).  The college has a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere to work in.  This helps to give the pupils a better environment to train for new skills – Mark Whitham, Plastering course

Nice relaxed atmosphere and the tutors are brilliant at what they do – Jason Griffiths, Plastering course

The actual practising skimming on the first day was a positive intro.  Nice friendly environment, good size bays to plaster in and very professional looking website with good course info.  There is a similar course closer to home but this looked better – Barry Lever, Plastering course

Excellent facilities with endless amounts of materials to use. Everyone works as a team across all courses – Nicholas Warrington, Plastering course

Well organised course, excellent tutor.  This is a great place to learn construction skills – Andrew Berry, Plastering course

It’s not too big and group sizes are appropriate because you get more 1:1 tie with tutor.  Brill course learnt a lot – Jake Lee, Plastering course

Very good environment for teaching, layout, practical bays to work in.  Tutors have vast expert knowledge and use this wisely when teaching.  Great course looking forward to the next two over the coming months – Jason Kent Plastering course

For me the whole course was interesting and useful and there wasn’t a day when I wasn’t still learning… The staff are friendly and helpful.  John Brotherston, Plastering course

The best thing about this course was the realistic bays.  Each task was completed on walls and in a setting that you would encounter in a realistic environment…  Very helpful and knowledgable instructors and staff.  Donal Bowen, Plastering course

The most interesting/useful part of the course was being able to skim walls to a good standard.  Jason Whitehead, Plastering course

I liked the friendliness of the teachers and the positive encouragement I received.  Andrew Howarth, Plastering course

The most interesting/useful part of the course was learning different techniques associated with the trade and valuable skills that I will use in the real world.  What i really liked was the small classes, support throughout the course from tutors, excellent standard of materials and tools.  Lovely group of people to work around, great training facilities.  Jake Taylor, Plastering course,

The while course has been beneficial.  Paul (tutor) has been absolutely brilliant.  His patient and amiable nature, together with his 40 years experience makes him an exceptional tutor.  He is perfectionist who is perfectionist who is enthusiastic in his subject.  Chris Doody, Plastering course

Enjoyed every aspect, loads of practical.  Mr Hill, Plastering course

Good communication – both tutors I came across were great to ‘work’ with, encouraging, helpful and critical (in a nice way) when necessary.  i would recommend this course.  Mr Orton, Plastering course

I have enjoyed my time here and would recommend to friends.  Mr Finney, Plastering course

I liked the friendly and helpful environment and tutor taking time out to have 1:1 conversation.  Mr McCarthy, Plastering course

Friendly staff, good environment to work in.   With regards to the military side more awareness of the college as you were very hard to and the college is losing out on good quality customers.   Mr Richardson Plastering Course Feedback

The high amount of practical work was very useful to me as it has allowed me to practice my technique.  The teaching is to a very high standard.  Mr Robinson, Plastering course

I extremely liked the professionalism from start (enquiring about courses) to the end (actually attending and completing the plastering course).  All the staff are extremely friendly and very helpful.  Excellent environment to learn, train and work in.   The practical hands on experience is what I enjoyed the most as it allowed me to learn, understand and develop my plastering skill levels.  I would like to thank the college for delivering an excellent course and in particular Howard for being an extremely dedicated, approachable instructor who is outstanding at teaching all the elements of the course.  Thank you very much.  Paul Allison, Plastering course feedback

Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful instructor. Top man! I enjoyed learning in a larger environment with proper obstacles and real room.  Being taught by a time served plasterer. You can’t pay enough for experience! Thanks for an enjoyable 10 days feel like I’ve learned a lot. Mr Ford, Plastering course feedback

I found knowing the techniques to use and the experience of the trainer who was able to give explanations of what to do in different circumstances the most useful.  Miss Lancastle, Plastering course feedback

Easy going.  All staff very helpful and forthcoming with constructive advice.  Practical plastering element.  You can instantly see progress throughout the course  Martin Davey, Plastering course feedback

Good learning environment with a whole range of skills. Learning the skill of plastering as a whole. Gained a massive amount of knowledge in a very short period of time. All my questions were answered in a positive way. Very happy with the skills I have been taught and in the way its been put across. Was impressed with the vast amount of skills and understanding we were taught in the time we had.  Mr Bradley, Plastering course feedback

Very good course content delivered to very high standard thank you.  Owain Cooper, Plastering course feedback

I think the instructor is fantastic and it has been great getting so much hands on with the equipment and practically learning the trade.  Michael Fanning, Plastering course feedback

Friendly informative staff. Good resources. Good value for money.  Mr Horton, Plastering Course feedback

Good working and learning environment.  Excellent professional instructors.  Well organised.  Friendly environment.  Julian Ponsford, Plastering course feedback

Tutors with excellent knowledge of the subject which isnt always the case at other centres.  Paul Tyrer, Plastering course feedback

My entire experience has been excellent from the first few minutes. The tutor (Howard) was excellent and as well as his excellent communication skills, superb knowledge and his very upbeat attitude to teaching. I would recommend this training facility to anyone. Gaining the required skills needed to plaster to a good standard and with the confidence to use the proper tools and materials, whist working to the correct set procedures. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere made the whole experience a pleasure and improved the entire process.  Mr Yates, Plastering Course feedback

Best course yet and very helpful.  All of it  was useful it must be the one of the best courses I have attended in 22 years.  Thanks for a very enjoyable and worthwhile course.  Colin Richardson, Plastering course feedback

A very enjoyable experience from start to finish.  Brian Rogers, Plastering course feedback

Great environment, excellent tuition, flexible enough to accommodate different standards and learning styles. Excellent post course support offered.  Lots of practical work which is was the only way to improve. The course required a lot of material and it was good to see it freely available.  Great course and many thanks to Howard and Donna for her help.   Roger Pearson, Plastering course feedback

Friendly atmosphere and loads of practical.  Mark Parr, Plastering course feedback

I enjoyed learning a new trade and understanding the work involved. Gaining advice from experienced tutors.  Miss Dargan, Plastering Course feedback

David,  I finished the five day plastering course at the Willenhall centre on the 10th of February.  Although I did complete the post course paperwork I feel that the instructor involved with the tuition deserves a pat on the back.  I am currently employed as an instructor at RAF Cosford teaching mainly theory type subjects, I realise that when a student is given a course critique it is very easy to concentrate on the negatives and forget any good things.  However, I must complement Rob Jones on a very well delivered week of instruction.   The pace of the days were such that there was plenty of time to put into practice the skills and techniques demonstrated by Rob, everyone involved in the week were at varying levels of competency, yet he was able to constantly jump around the group and advise or correct each individuals mistakes.   The demonstrations were well delivered without being too complicated and he always had an approachable manner, I have been instructing for six years now and was very impressed with the enthusiasm Rob showed towards the subject and the delivery of it.  I would appreciate it if you could relay my comments to all concerned and especially to Rob. Thanks G Owen, Sgt instructor

It is clear that feedback plays an important role in monitoring and evaluating services and I reviewed a large number of feedback questionnaires and analyses which confirmed that you collect feedback and all showed high levels of satisfaction.  Extract from Matrix Assessment Report

The course was well planned out and very interesting. I gained the skills and confidence to plaster.  Mr Coomer, Plastering Course

I feel that I have learned a valuable new skill which will help me in my own home. I will recommend this course because it has really increased my confidence and I have enjoyed myself.  Ms Beckett-Davies, Plastering Course

I am fully confident in my skills since starting from scratch – the course was well instructed and 100% hands on. It was a great course and would definitely recommend it to others and would do another course in another area e.g. bricklaying.  Mr Fairs, Plastering Course

Thought the tutor was very approachable and knowledgeable about the subject taught. Very helpful in overcoming problems and building confidence. Found the course very enjoyable and will miss it now I’ve finished.  Sheila Nunn, Plastering Course

Before the course I had no positive thought that I would be able to plaster to a ‘reasonable’ standard. I feel that I can now achieve my goal of plastering my property confidently.  Mr Cartwright, Plastering course

Good coverage of all aspects of basic plastering. I could not believe that after 5 days I can skim a wall, skim a ceiling and make good holes, to a high standard.  Mr Williamson, Plastering Course

My whole house requires plastering after completing this course, I feel very confident to plaster my house to a good standard.  Very experienced tutor who puts things across so they are easy to understand.  Whenever you have a question or need him to check anything he was always available.  Excellent course, didn’t think I would be able to plaster but now I feel very confident.  Mr Toft, Plastering course

Having 2 kitchen studios it was very valuable in fully understanding the plastering jobs we undertake on a weekly basis. I did not think at the start of the week I could get plaster on the walls, never mind plaster a room. Thank you to the tutor for a very enjoyable and informative week.  Mr Jones, Plastering Course

I learned a lot in one week – it’s amazing what you can achieve having the right help. All tools were provided with plenty of them so no need to share. You also had your own tools to take away with you. The info which the tutor told was clear and helpful. I think the course was very good in every way. The layout of the place was excellent, tutors are polite and always on hand to help. I would attend another course knowing what you achieve.  Mr Beardmore, Plastering Course

I found this course to be just what I needed to obtain these skills very helpful for my needs. The tutor never stopped teaching and advising all week – very good. I couldn’t fault this course. It is very good in my estimation. Thank you.  Mr Colclough, Plastering Course

I’m a person with low confidence and after attending grew in confidence and feel much better in myself. I will definitely recommend this course to others.  Mr Bromfield, Plastering Course

First rate course, I have learnt to plaster. Everyday was a full day of excellent content. Would definitely recommend the course, it was excellent. Well worth the money  Mr G Whittaker, Plastering Course

An excellent course that was very valuable. Very good in depth training and good teachers. I would definitely recommend it.  Mr Hallam, Plastering Course

The course has given me the confidence to tackle plastering jobs both at home and for family and friends. Learned so much in a short period of time. Pace of the course was excellent. Excellent course with a brilliant tutor throughout. Would recommend to others.  Mr Lee, Plastering Course

Cannot fault the tutor – outstanding knowledge. The course exceeded my expectations – I thought it was a gimmick on the net and in the paper but turned out to be well worth it.  Mr Jootton,  Plastering Course

Learned an unbelievable amount in 2 weeks. 2 weeks was perfect – got all the basics. Week 2 put it all together.  Mr Woolloff, Plastering Course

An invaluable course to DIY or anyone wanting go into their own business. Great course, excellent instructor.  Mr Hopkin, Plastering Course

The course was well structured and aimed at the right level for the complete novice. The time was just right and I gained a vast amount of hands on knowledge in just 5 days. I will definitely recommend this course – well planned.  Mr Hutchinson, Plastering Course

Having watched someone else doing plastering the wrong way, the course taught me how to actually properly do the job. The tutor had full knowledge and some tricks of the trade.  Mr Parkinson, Plastering Course

The course considerably increased my understanding of the subject – I’ve been doing it wrong for 30 years! I am pleased with my progression. The theory and practice come together very well.  Mr James, Plastering Course

You can pay for this plastering course either via bank transfer, debit or credit card.

If you have ELC funding available due to leaving the armed forces please contact us as we have specific ELC approved courses available.

Our plastering courses are taught by experienced plasterers.  Phil who teaches our 10 day plastering course is a qualified plasterer who has over 30 years experience in the trade.

All tutors will give you their contact details so if you have any questions after completing our courses you can just give us a call.

So if you are wanting to change jobs and learn a trade at a centre where they know what they are doing and will help you succeed give us a call.

Good, friendly learning environment.  Outstanding and knowledgeable tutors – Richard Bennett

It’s mad to think how much I have learnt and improved over the last 2 weeks  – Lee Davies

Well organised course, excellent tutor.  This is a great place to learn construction skills – Andrew Berry

Tutors knowledge & experience was second to none.  He made the course both enjoyable and interesting and gave me confidence throughout my time on the course.  – Scott Devenish

Friendly staff, fantastic (if not the best) tutor I’ve ever had.  Welcoming environment.  Great facilities.  Worth every penny – Ben Godfrey

This plastering course are designed for people with little or no previous experience in plastering.

Our plastering courses are attended by people of all ages, and both male and female. The usual age range of people attending our plastering training courses is mid twenties to mid fifties although the youngest person to attend a course at our centre was 18 and the oldest was 72 years old.

Our plastering courses are suitable for people who wish to learn a new trade so they can change their career, for existing tradespeople to learn additional skills, for people who wish to learn the skills to complete plastering work on their own properties and for people who wish to learn a trade to supplement their income.

If you are unsure if the course is suitable please arrange to visit our centre when a plastering course is running to speak with staff and see the high standard of work produced by all learners on the course.  If you are unable to visit our centre we can arrange for our tutor to give you a call, to answer any questions you have.

You are Taught by Experienced Tradespeople.

This 10-day plastering courses is intensive but taught in a relaxed, friendly and professional manner by an experienced plasterer.  We will fully support you when you finish your training course so you will be confident using your new found skills, after completing any plastering training with us you are able to call into the centre or contact your tutor directly to discuss anything that you covered on your course.

More Training for your Money.

Less classroom time, more tools in hands time.  Although our plastering courses are short they are very intensive and you will be in your bays plastering on day 1.  The only way you are going to learn to plaster is by having a trowel in your hand and practicing, practicing, practicing.

It is also important when completing a plastering course that you are plastering a good sized area as this give you the confidence to complete plastering work when you leave the centre.  When deciding on which training centre to attend take the time to compare sizes of training bays and visit a centre when a course is on to speak with learners and see the standard of work they all produce. 

Regular Start Dates.

We have plastering courses starting every two weeks, throughout the year.  We do not close for bank holidays, half terms, college summer holidays, etc.  We only close for two weeks at Christmas.  Please feel free to contact Dave on 01782 837007 or via or and he will work with you to plan dates.

Great environment, excellent tuition, flexible enough to accommodate different standards and learning styles. Excellent post course support offered. Lots of practical work which is was the only way to improve. The course required a lot of material and it was good to see it freely available. Great course and many thanks. Roger Pearson, 10 day plastering course

Plastering Course Feedback:  The best thing about this course was the realistic bays. Each task was completed on walls and in a setting that you would encounter in a realistic environment… Very helpful and knowledgable instructors and staff. Donal Bowen, 10 day plastering course

I completed the course along with my Dad and our intention was to use the skills gained to undertake our own projects as opposed to taking up plastering as a career.

So far we have completed a ground floor renovation of his house and the entire renovation of a two storey flat in Leek; this alongside an on-going renovation of a three bedroomed house in Cheddleton and a second flat in Leek. In addition to this, I have recently acquired a stone barn which, subject to planning, I am hoping to convert into a residential property – without the skills gained from the course and then honed afterwards, it would be a daunting task but the fantastic help, advice and tuition given by both H and Paul, we know what to expect and how best to go about the job.

The work undertaken so far has more than covered the costs associated with the course for both of us but has more importantly allowed us to complete jobs to a timescale that suits us and suits the jobs, working efficiently around other trades and has also given us more control over the job management. In addition, it has given me the ability to repair damage caused in rental properties without any delays.

Whilst I originally had no intention of taking on work for third parties, I do now look after most of the work at a local hotel including plastering from bare-brick and damage rectification work which fits in well around my other commitments and full time job.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the plastering courses at Construction Skills College especially given the facilities, quality of tuition and real world, long term knowledge and experience of the tutors.
Best Regards, Rich. Rich Johnson, 10 day plastering course

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