This website has been archived. For the latest information about WorldSkills please visit

You are here:

Skills are always changing

For the latest information about this skill visit Plastering and Drywall Systems on

Plastering and Drywall Systems

Plastering flat surfaces, installing drywall systems, and creating decorative moldings on projects from private homes to historic houses.

Presented by

Why is this skill important?

Traditional plastering involves the careful preparation of an internal or external background for application or repair of a plaster surface. In addition to working with flat surfaces, the skilled plasterer will create and install decorative mouldings and details. Much modern internal work uses drywall systems involving the plasterer in creating complex metal frames and installing plasterboard before application on the final surface. Preparation for plastering work includes complex mathematical calculations; understanding specifications describing the work required; and being able to convert plans into reality with accuracy, care, attention to detail, and finished aesthetic.

The plasterer may work on projects of varying size and complexity, including single domestic or commercial premises, historic buildings and heritage sites. Much plastering work on larger sites is sub-contracted; so, self-employed plasterers will need knowledge and skills in business management, finance and regulations, and standards governing the profession.

Because of the various types of materials used in Plastering and Drywall Systems; the expert and environmentally aware plasterer will take care to prevent injury or damage in use or disposal of waste.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Making things
  • Craftsmanship
  • Using tools
  • Working as a team
  • Working outdoors

You should also take a look at:

The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors must show they can interpret plans and drawings.

  • In addition to plastering flat surfaces, Competitors must show they can create and install decorative mouldings.

  • Competitors must show a high degree of accuracy, care and skill.

  • Judges are looking for someone who can show a responsible working ethic including knowledge of safety, and proper disposal of waste materials.

Skill sponsors


Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 726 Alexis GUIMONT France
Gold 724 Raffael Beck Principality of Liechtenstein
Bronze 723 SUHYEON KIM Korea
Medallion for Excellence 720 Takamitsu Koyano Japan
Medallion for Excellence 710 Danil Piskunov Russia
Medallion for Excellence 707 Lukas Hofer Austria
Medallion for Excellence 707 Fabienne Niederhauser Switzerland
Medallion for Excellence 707 Weilie Gu China
Medallion for Excellence 705 WEI-HSUAN CHEN Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 700 Wanderson Santos Brazil
697 Stephen Murray Ireland
693 Harrison Moy United Kingdom
692 Smirnov Yevgeniy Kazakhstan
678 Lukas Kirschmer Germany
649 Gabor Loczi Hungary
644 Ngoako Moshokoa South Africa
600 Febian MULENGA Zambia
595 Rashid Al Ali United Arab Emirates

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.