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Plasters construct, maintain, and repair interior & exterior surfaces requiring plaster, including but not limited to Green Materials such as American Clay, EIFS Applications and Fireproofing. Plasters select, mix, and apply gypsum, concrete or acrylic mixtures to exterior and interior walls and ceilings to produce plain or decorative surfaces that are fire, weather or sound resistant. The work of plasterers is physically demanding

Length48 months
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for worker and
dependants immediately; vacation after 12 months;
pension and annuity after 24 months
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesNone
Physical requirementsMust be physically able to perform the work of the trade
Additional requirementsCalifornia Drivers license or
California I.D and
Social Security Card
Written or oral entry examsOral exam
Subjects studied by ApprenticesIntroduction to Plastering
History of Plastering
Workplace Safety and Health
Fundamental Math
Plastering Materials
Common Tools
Plastering Tools
Green Materials such as American Clay


Contact: Northern California Plasterers J.A.T.C. 1555 Overland Court West Sacramento, CA 95691. Daniel Martinez, Coordinator/Director.

Applications: Applications for Apprenticeship can be obtained on application and enrollment process.

How do new apprentices get their first job? The applicant must seek own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter the apprenticeship program

Additional information: Operative Plasterers Cement Masons of Northern California. Other allied trades with apprenticeship programs See Cement Mason.