Drywall installers and finishers perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Measure, cut and fit drywall sheets for installation on walls and ceilings
B. Position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs or joists
C. Cut and install metal corner beads to protect exterior corners
D. Fill joints, nail indentations, holes and cracks with joint compound using trowel and broad knife
E. Tape over joints using taping machine and embed tape in compound
F. Smooth out excess compound and allow coat to dry
G. Apply successive coats of compound and sand seams and joints
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a three- or four-year apprenticeship program in plastering, drywalling or lathing or A combination of over three years of work experience and some high school, college or industry courses in plastering, drywalling or lathing is usually required.
3. Plasterer trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
4. Drywall installer and finisher trade certification is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.
5. Lather trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Yukon.
6. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified lathers (interior systems mechanic).
2. Physical Education
4. Industrial Arts
The average hourly wages for Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers is $18.45/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.