IDES - Plasterer




Plasterers Local 5 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee
6631 W. Stanley Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
Phone (708) 749-3660

Training Facility:

Washburne Trade School
3233 W. 31st St.

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.

Basic Requirements

  • Must be at least 17 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma, or GED certificate.
  • Must pass an oral interview.
  • Must pass an aptitude test.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.

How to Apply

  • Complete the application form​ and return it to an AIC representative in an IDES office nearest you. The AIC maintains a mailing list and will notify you when applications are available. When you apply you will need to fill out their application.
  • Applications available on an as needed basis.
  • Take and pass aptitude test.
  • Take and pass an oral interview.
  • Combination of the above are used to determine a candidate's eligibility.
  • Applicants are then chosen from eligibility list.


  • Must be able to lift heavy objects.
  • Must be able to work at high levels from scaffolds and ladders.
  • Must be able to handle a large amount of bending and stretching.

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.

Working Conditions

  • Plasterers work indoors and out. Work may be somewhat seasonal.

Length of Apprenticeship

Four (4) years
  • Apprentices begin by attending pre-apprenticeship training. Classes are held eight hours a day, Monday - Friday.
  • Apprentices attend classroom instruction one day per week for the remainder of the program while receiving on-the-job training.

Wage Information

  • 1st 6 months 50% of journeyman's wage
  • 6 months - 1 year 55% of journeyman's wage
  • 1 year - 1 1/2 years 60% of journeyman's wage
  • 11/2 years - 2 years 65% of journeyman's wage
  • 2 years - 2 1/2 years 70% of journeyman's wage
  • 21/2 years - 3 years 75% of journeyman's wage
  • 3 years - 31/2 years 80% of journeyman's wage
  • 31/2 years - 4 years 85% of journeyman's wage
  • Journeyman Level 100% of journeyman's wage
  • Average Journeyman's wage rate = $28.44/Hr (06/01)


  • Health & Welfare, Pension​