Drywall, Acoustic and Lathing Applicator

TQAA, Voluntary Certified Trade


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; 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 ties
  • Install acoustic tile, hangers for suspended ceilings and metal studs for composition wallboard or lath

Personal Qualities

Career Opportunities

  • Journeypersons are employed by construction companies and by plastering, drywalling and lathing contractors and the work is done in residential, commercial or industrial buildings
  • Many work on a piecework basis or may be self-employed
  • Work is performed by union and non-union workers

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 10; however, most employers will require Grade 12
  • Completion of a 5,400 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 5,400 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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