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Oregon Apprenticeship Guide
Job Description
Plasterers finish interior walls and ceilings of residential and commercial buildings, apply plaster on masonry, metal and wire lath or gypsum. They also apply cement on masonry, metal and wire lath (stucco). Most of these finishes are applied by hand.
Working Conditions
Plasterers perform about 75 percent of their work outside on scaffolds. The work is often seasonal, depending on weather conditions, with intermittent periods of unemployment, and involves heavy lifting, bending, climbing and standing.
The beginning apprentice starts at approximately 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.
Length of Apprenticeship
The apprenticeship lasts 3½ years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 100 related classroom training hours per year and 7,000 on-the-job training hours.
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent.
Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
Apprenticeship Committees 
MA# 1019  OR SW WA Plasterers JATC
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Go to the Apprenticeship Opportunities Statewide.