Careers In Construction

Plasterer (Updated May 2009)

Plasterers finish interior walls and ceilings by using a one, two or three coat system. They install insulated finish systems, apply stucco to exterior walls and ceilings, and soundproof and fireproof buildings.

Length of Apprenticeship:

Four (4) years.

  • Apprentices attend classroom instruction one day per week while receiving on-the-job training.

  • Wage Information:

    1st six months: 50% of journeyman’s wage
    Six months–1 year: 55% of journeyman’s wage
    1 year–1 1/2 years: 60% of journeyman’s wage
    1 1/2 years–2 years: 65% of journeyman’s wage
    2 years–2 1/2 years: 70% of journeyman’s wage
    2 1/2 years–3 years: 75% of journeyman’s wage
    3 years–3 1/2 years: 80% of journeyman’s wage
    3 1/2 years–4 years: 85% of journeyman’s wage
    Journeyman Level: 100% of journeyman’s wage


    Health & Welfare, Pension, Retirement Savings

    Basic Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legally authorized to work in the United States.

  • Must be at least 17 years old.

  • Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. Certificate.

  • Must be physically fit to perform the work of the trade.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and transportation.

  • Must have the abilty to read, write and converse in conventional English.

  • Applicants may be subject to employer drug testing.

  • Working Conditions:

    Plasterers work inside and out. Work may be somewhat seasonal.

    Recommended Preparatory Classes:

    Mathematics, mechanical drawing, science, and shop classes.

    Work Experience:

    (Helpful, but not necessary for acceptance.) Familiarity with construction work of any kind.

    Entry Process:

    Applicants must secure employment on their own with a signatory plastering contractor (list of signatory contractors available at the union office) and submit a letter of intent on the employer's company letterhead. Applicants must pay the Apprenticeship Initiation Fee within six months of employment.

    Platerers' Local 5 will be accepting applications for apprenticeship every 2nd and 4th Thursday each month between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. only.

    Applicants must appear at the Union office, 5611 W. 120th Street, Alsip, Illinois, to file the application. Each applicant must appear in person and fill out the application at the time of appearance. No application will be sent through the mail, nor will any application returned in any other manner be accepted.

    The applicant shall bring at the time of application:

  • Birth certificate or proof of age.

  • Drivers license.

  • DD-214 form if applicant is a veteran.

  • The program pledges no discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.


    Journeyman Plasterers P. & B. Society Local Number 5
    5613 West 120th Street
    Alsip, Illinois 60803
    Phone: 708-489-9900
    Fax: 708-489-9810


    John Manley

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