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Solid plasterers apply plaster & protective coatings to cement, block & brick walls during the construction phase. This course would suit someone who doesn’t mind working on their feet who also has an eye for decorative details.

Solid Plasterer is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

Solid plasterers can also apply decorative finishes to internal and external walls using render or plaster depending on the application. Solid plasterers also perform a range of “finishing work” in the final phase of the construction process: preparing and cleaning walls for paint, smoothing of ceilings & walls, creating straight and smooth angles on walls & custom build outs and cavities.

The Course

Certificate III in Solid Plastering

Course Duration: 24 months

Intake Dates: Jan and July

Locations: Perth and Melbourne

Costs: $11,000 – $13,000 per year

Common Course Requirements: 

  • Must have graduated year 12 in home country.
  • Must have a minimum English score of IELTS 5.5
  • This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.

Graduate Outcome: 

Graduates will be qualified trades person in the plastering industry. Throughout the course graduates will learn skills such as:

  • Install pre-cast decorative moldings.
  • Apply float and render to straight and curved surfaces.
  • Carry out concreting to simple forms.
  • Apply set coats.
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding.
  • Read and interpret building plans and specifications.
  • Apply OHS requirements and policies in the construction industry.

Job Forecast & Career Information:

  • Full time solid plasterers earn an average of $1152.00 per week.
  • The average hours worked by a solid plasterer in Australia are 41.2 hours per week.
  • Plasterers can work independently or be part of a larger construction company.
  • Employment for this occupation fell slightly in the past five years and rose slightly in the long-term.
  • Plasterers have a very high proportion of full time jobs (93.6%).

Education Pathways:

Solid Plasterer (333212) – is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List.

  • Certificate III in Solid Plastering
  • 2 years on the job experience

Options for a Temporary Graduate Visa

If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.

Have a read through this article which details how by studying the right course it could greatly increase your prospects of obtaining a permanent visa.

*Note* It is never recommended to undertake study for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.

If you are interested in studying Solid Plastering in Australia contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options. 

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