Since the grant of its royal charter in 1501, The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers has had a commitment to supporting excellence in plastering and to encouraging the retention and development of skills and training in the plastering industry.
The Master Plasterer Certificate recognises those who have achieved the highest level of skills in the industry over a number of years and can demonstrate excellence in the art, craft, science and practice of plastering.
Following submission of all the required documentation a panel of liverymen with a strong plastering background will assess all applications. Successful applicants will receive a signed and sealed certificate from the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers and will also be invited to become Freeman of the company (subject to complying with the requirements).
There are two ways to become a Master Plasterer:
- Provide evidence of 20 years of experience in the plastering industry and at a minimum be qualified to level 3 plastering, advanced craft award, NVQ level 3, SVQ level 3 or diploma level 3 AND be accepted for City & Guilds’ licentiateship;
- Master Plasterer status may also be granted to experienced plasterers who are able to demonstrate that they have sufficient technical skill and expertise in the plastering trade. They may be currently active as a plasterer or may have started their careers “on-the-tools” and moved into other roles in the industry.
Plasterers wishing to be considered will need to be able to provide the following:
- Evidence of 20 years experience in commercial and heritage plastering;
- Evidence of their involvement in a portfolio of at least three notable complex commercial or heritage plastering projects. The evidence will include; descriptions of the projects, their role in them, photographs of the works or third-party testimonials of their contribution to the projects.
Two nominated referees must sign the application. These should be people who know the applicant professionally.
Holders of the Master Plasterer Certificate are obliged to conform to recognised codes of professional standards and the certificate remains valid as long as the person remains on the Master Plasterers’ Register as maintained by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers. Submissions must be accompanied by payment to the company of £25 and an annual payment of £25 is required to remain on the register.