City and Guilds Plastering

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In 1876 it was realized that training for craftsmen needed to be improved and centralized. Thus, the City and Guilds of London Institute for the Advancement of Technical Education was founded and then incorporated in 1880.

In 1900, the Institute received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. Today, City and Guilds, as it's commonly known, offers over 500 accreditations in over 28 different industries. They deal with training in managerial, engineering and vocational jobs beginning with entry level positions all the way through the equivalent of post graduate degrees. Not only does the organization conduct training and examinations on their own, they also have an accreditation program that insures that classes given by other organizations meet their strict guidelines.

City and Guilds has four basic levels of qualifications. These qualifications are available in a lot of your standard industries, such as caterings, automotive maintenance, hair dressing and engineering, to list a few. They also have some not so common topics available as well, such as DJing, sheep shearing and flower arranging. The four levels of basic qualification are entry level through level three. Entry level is for those with absolutely no experiences at all and those at level three are considered competent in their chosen field. They also have five higher levels that can be obtained. The Licentiateship award is for those who have reached level three and worked in some form of management in the field. The rest, namely Graduateship, Associateship, Membership, and Fellowship, continue with exacting standards of experience and professionalism.

There are a large number of courses for those wishing to get their certification in plastering and they all cover a wide variety of plastering topics. For instance, the plastering introduction course (specifically, course number 6217-04), also called Basic Construction Skills - Plastering, covers such topics as making repairs to plastered walls, how to set and finish a plastered ceiling, how to set and finish a wall, and how to work on square and round columns. The technical knowledge gained from each course progresses until you reach specialized levels. There are courses available from poured plastering for making fibrous plastered pieces from molds to adding color washes to various pieces.

Plastering is as much art as it is science and it has been around for centuries. The pyramids have plastered piece in them that have lasted, with their beauty intact, down through the years. In order for you to produce lasting pieces, even just a flat plastered wall in the laundry room, you need to have knowledge, skills and experience. Courses and training accredited by City and Guilds should provide you with the ability to go far as a plasterer. When choosing the course that is right for you, make sure they are qualified to provide City and Guild plastering courses.

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