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Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling LiningCPC31211

This certificate will provide you with training in all practical and theoretical areas of the wall and ceiling lining trade. View video:



  • Aligning of Walls & Ceilings
  • Mix and apply plaster and cement to walls and ceilings
  • Ensure plaster is level and smooth using various techniques
  • Estimate the quantity of materials needed
  • Plan plasterboard layout from onsite evaluation
  • Install plasterwork


The number of years expected to complete this apprenticeship is between three and four years.


Fibrous plasterers are employed by plastering subcontracting firms, building and construction companies and businesses that manufacture plaster products. Many plasterers are self employed and work on a subcontract basis. The demand for fibrous plasterers depends on activity in the building industry, in particular the housing sector. It is a large occupation with good prospects.

Demand is subject to changes in building activity. Qualified tradespeople are less likely to be affected by downturns in demand.

Specialisation: fixer (plaster), modellers hand (plaster), sheet hand (plaster).


The current Certificate III qualification for Wall and Ceiling Lining requires students to successfully complete 26 units of competency to achieve the credential. Of these 26 units, 19 are compulsory and a further seven elective units.

Full list of units:

CPCCCM1012A Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

CPCCCM1013A Plan and organise work

CPCCCM1014A Conduct workplace communication

CPCCCM1015A Carry out measurements and calculations

CPCCCM2001A Read and interpret plans and specifications

CPCC0HS2001A Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

CPCCPB3001A Fix standard plasterboard wall sheets

CPCCPB3002A Fix standard plasterboard ceiling sheets

CPCCPB3003A Fix battens

CPCCPB3004A Fix wet area sheets

CPCCPB3005A Fix ceiling sheets to external protected areas

CPCCPB3006A Fix fibre cement board

CPCCPB3007A Apply levels of finish standards to planning and inspection of own work

CPCCPB3008A Mix plastering compounds

CPCCPB3009A Finish plasterboard joins manually

CPCCPB3010A Manually sand plaster work

CPCCPB3011A Finish category 1 and 2 wet areas

CPCCPB3012A Cut and fix paper-faced cornices

Full list of elective units:

CPCCCA3014A Construct Bulkheads

CPCCCA3015A Assemble Partitions

CPCCCM2006B Apply Basic Levelling Procedures

CPCCCM2007B Use Explosive Power Tools

CPCCWC3001A Install Plaster & Fibre to Curved Walls & Ceilings

CPCCWC3003A Install Dry Wall Passive Fire-Rated Systems

CPCCWC3004A Install Suspended Ceilings


Fees for these units vary. Students are also expected to cover the cost of clothing, equipment, safety glasses, tools and other materials.


This trade is linked to the Queensland skills shortage, and additional funding benefits may apply for employers.

Apprentices must be employed and have a signed Registered Training Contract to undertake apprenticeship training. BIGA will help you with the paperwork.

Do you have six or more years experience in this trade? Click here for information on RPL.

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