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Admission Requirements & Procedures
Updated On: Jan 21, 2015

 What We Do

Plasterers provide the interior and exterior finishes of buildings and houses using primarily hand tools and a wide variety of materials.  Machines are also used to apply materials, but handcraft skills are the majority of the work.  Conventional plaster, veneer plaster, stucco, and thermal systems are but a few of the products that are used in the plastering industry.  

 Minimum Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age 
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Physically able to perform work of the trade
  • Applicants must provide copies of 1) current driver's license, 2) social security card or I-9 documentation, 3) high school diploma, official transcript or GED.

Admission Procedure
Applications are accepted year-round.  New apprentices are accepted through our "Survival Day"testing procedure.  Survival days are scheduled based on workforce demand.  All applicants who meet the above requirements are invited to attend. 

Testing consists of hands-on work stations designed to test ability to follow direction and physically do the work.  Applicants are judged and scored by our Journeymen and Contractors.  Those with the highest scores are invited to join the program.  All new apprentices must have:

  • Meet the minimum requirements listed above
  • Pass a drug test
  • Become a member of Local 528. 

The number of new apprentices selected is determined by workforce demand.

Applications can be returned to:
Washington Plasterers Apprenticeship
 P.O. Box 81044
 Seattle, WA  98108
Or faxed to: (206)762-0896 or emailed to

Term of Apprenticeship

Total program length is 7000 hours of on-the-job training and 504 hours of supplemental instruction, with credit given for skills attained through previous experience.  With no previous experience in the trade, and successful completion of program requirements, it takes about three and a half years to attain journeyman status. 

The Washington Plasterers Apprenticeship admits students of any race, color, sex, national and ethnic origin.  Women are encouraged to apply.

We are in compliance with Department of Labor EEO Regulations governing apprenticeship.  To view, please visit the following link:



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