Level 2 Apprenticeship


Preparing walls and ceilings for decoration and finishing. [Please note that a new version of this apprenticeship is due to go live on 18th January 2024.]

OverviewOverview of the role

The broad purpose of this occupation is to apply layers of plaster onto walls, floors and ceilings. Plastering serves a protective function, in that it makes buildings more robust and also an aesthetic function. Plasterers will often complete dry lining projects during their career. Although a person may specialise solely in dry lining, a plasterer must have the knowledge of dry lining in addition to their knowledge and skills to plaster. In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with commercial and domestic customers, other trades, architects and site managers.

The occupation covered by this apprenticeship standard is for a Plasterer that will specialise in either Solid or Fibrous plaster work after undertaking the core learning (which includes introductory elements of both solid and fibrous plastering).

DetailsDetails of the Standard

An apprenticeship standard is the nationally recognised training programme mapped for a specific role. Each standard is developed by industry-leading employers and apprenticeship experts. The Plasterer Standard consists of training and other activities where knowledge, skills and behaviours are acquired, allowing the apprentice to learn, develop and apply practical skills with their new competencies.


Typical duration: 24-36 months, plus up to 3 months to complete the End-Point-Assessment.

Entry RequirementsEntry Requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements in order to start on this apprenticeship, but often include GCSE Grade C/4 in English and maths.

English and MathsEnglish and maths

To complete the apprenticeship the employee must pass level 1 English and maths, (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) and work towards and attempt level 2 before undertaking their End-Point-Assessment.

DeliveryCurriculum, delivery and readiness for End-Point-Assessment

The content delivery will be agreed between the apprentice, employer and training provider and is based upon prior knowledge and qualifications. This agreement forms the individualised Training Plan, detailing how the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the apprenticeship Standard will be met.

As a gateway requirement, apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

AssessmentSummary of End-Point-Assessment

The assessment consists of three parts and will be completed within a three-month period after gateway. The three components consist of a knowledge test, an interview that is underpinned by a portfolio of evidence and finally, and a skills test.


Progression from this apprenticeship is typically onto a supervisory qualification such as NVQ Level 3 in Occupational Work Supervision.