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Plasterer Intermediate Apprenticeship – C7418

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Course Overview

This level 2 NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) Diploma in Plastering has been designed to allow you to complete this qualification in a real workplace environment which means you need to be employed to undertake this qualification. This programme enables you to demonstrate your skills knowledge, understanding, and competency in your place of work and pursue a career as a Plasterer within the construction industry.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

In the first year of your apprenticeship, you will learn a range of essential skills in a workplace environment, including:

1) How to produce internal solid plastering finishes
2) Moving, handling, and storing resources
3) Conforming to productive working practices
4) Conforming to general health, safety, and welfare in the workplace
5) Applying solid render to background surfaces and producing finishes
6) Applying finishing plaster to prepared surfaces

Year 2

In year 2 you will build upon the workplace skills you learnt in your first year then take these to the next level in the following years of your apprenticeship, including:

1) Laying sand and cement screeds
2) Installing mechanically fixed plasterboard
3) Installing direct bond dry lining systems
4) Applying projection plaster and render and maintaining equipment
5) Producing cement castings

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to take this qualification. This qualification can be undertaken without any previous training or qualifications in this subject area.
You may need to complete English and maths, or a Functional Skills qualification to fit within the apprenticeship programme and cover the core English and maths requirement for the workplace and further study. We have an extensive support package available, including an online teaching and learning platform, which guides you from an initial and a diagnostic assessment, through to being exam ready.

How you will be assessed

NVQs are ‘National Vocational Certificates’ and cannot be achieved in a training centre. The assessment for your Plastering NVQ will need to take place in a work environment where a fully qualified assessors will visit you on-site. Your assessor will provide you with training ensuring that you have a full understanding of the process required to build your NVQ portfolio and gather the necessary evidence.

For you to complete your diploma you must demonstrate your learning to an assessor and by the completion of various practical assessments that cover the criteria, these are marked and all grade either, distinction, merit, pass or fail.
Assessments include:

1. Several multiple choice online tests covering health and safety as well as the principles of construction.
2. Synoptic practical exam where you complete a selection of practical assessment tasks in a controlled environment. These assessments cover the range of criteria set for this qualification.

Course Fees

Tuition fees


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

On completion of this qualification, you will have obtained the skills, knowledge, and understanding and demonstrated competence to progress on to a higher level qualification in the same or similar occupational area or enable entry into supervisory and management positions within the workplace.

The industry will accept the qualification on its own as entry to a job role. You may also choose to progress on to the level 3 Apprenticeship programme.

What Happens Next

You can express your interest in this apprenticeship by completing a Leicester College application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. As with any other job application, if you are shortlisted then you will be invited for an interview at the employer’s premises. You can apply for as many apprenticeship vacancies as you want.

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