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  NOC 7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

To apply under NOC-7284 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers trades perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Clean and prepare surfaces
  • Mix plaster ingredients in trough to desired consistency
  • Apply, level and smooth coats of plaster using trowels, floats, brushes and spraying equipment
  • Trowel or spray coats of stucco over exteriors of buildings to form weatherproof surfaces
  • Finish corners and angles and create decorative designs in finish coat, if required
  • Cure freshly plastered surfaces
  • Mould and install ornamental plaster panels, cornices and trim
  • Spray acoustic materials or texture finish over walls and ceilings.

Drywall installers and finishers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Measure, cut and fit drywall sheets for installation on walls and ceilings
  • Position and secure sheets to metal or wooden studs or joists
  • Cut and install metal corner beads to protect exterior corners
  • Fill joints, nail indentations, holes and cracks with joint compound using trowel and broad knife
  • Tape over joints using taping machine and embed tape in compound
  • Smooth out excess compound and allow coat to dry
  • Apply successive coats of compound and sand seams and joints
  • Fabricate and install suspended metal ceiling grids and place in panels to form acoustical and coffered ceilings.

Lathers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare wall and ceiling layouts
  • Install metal stud framing and furring for interior drywall or plaster walls and ceilings, using hand and power tools
  • Attach metal or gypsum lath to studs or furring using nails, screws, clips or wire ties
  • Cut openings in lath for heating and ventilation piping, ducts and electrical outlets
  • Install corner beads and wire mesh around beams to which plaster is to be applied
  • May install acoustic tile, hangers for suspended ceilings and metal studs for composition wallboard or lath.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

NOC 7284 – Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers: example titles.

  • acoustic tile and drywall installer
  • acoustic tile installer
  • acoustical ceiling installer
  • apprentice drywall applicator
  • apprentice installer and finisher, drywall
  • apprentice plasterer
  • ceiling installer
  • ceiling system installer
  • drywall and acoustic mechanic
  • drywall and ceiling system installer
  • drywall and lather applicator
  • drywall applicator
  • drywall finisher
  • drywall finisher apprentice
  • drywall hanger
  • drywall installer
  • drywall installer and finisher
  • drywall installer and finisher apprentice
  • drywall installer lead hand
  • drywall installer team leader
  • drywall interior systems installer
  • drywall mechanic
  • drywall nailer
  • drywall nailing person
  • drywall taper
  • exterior plasterer
  • finish plasterer
  • finisher, drywall
  • fireproofing applicator
  • fireproofing plasterer
  • gyproc applicator
  • gypsum lather
  • gypsum plasterboard applicator
  • installer and finisher, drywall
  • installer, drywall interior systems
  • interior drywall installer
  • interior systems installer, drywall
  • journeyman/woman drywall installer
  • journeyman/woman lather
  • journeyman/woman plasterer
  • lather
  • lather (interior systems mechanic)
  • lather applicator
  • lather apprentice
  • lather-mechanic, interior systems
  • metal lather
  • moulding plasterer
  • ornamental plasterer
  • plasterer
  • plasterer apprentice
  • plasterer, finish
  • plasterer, fireproofing
  • plasterer, moulding
  • plasterer, stucco
  • plasterer-decorator
  • sheetrock applicator
  • stucco lather
  • stucco plasterer
  • taper, drywall
  • wall and ceiling installer
  • wallboard installer
  • wallboard taper
  • wire lather
  • wood lather

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • 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.
  • Plasterer trade certification is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.
  • Drywall installer and finisher trade certification is available, but voluntary, in British Columbia.
  • Trade certification for lathers (interior systems mechanics) is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Yukon.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified lathers (interior systems mechanic) upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Additional Information

  • The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.


  • Supervisors of trade workers in this unit group (in 7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers)

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