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Melbourne Polytechnic hosts Victoria’s first Wall and Ceiling Lining Apprentice Challenge

20 Jul 2015

Anyone who has renovated or built a home will appreciate the technical skill involved in lining walls and ceilings. The best paint job in the world can’t disguise a shoddy plastering job, so high standards in the education of wall and ceiling lining apprentices is a priority for the teachers in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining.

According to Doug Vaux, teacher in the Certificate III course, there are still many plasterers working in the field without appropriate skills and training, which presents a minefield for both employers and consumers.

“There are implications to shoddy work that go beyond just the way it looks,” says Doug. “Strict regulations need to be followed to ensure fire safety, for example, and it’s important that plastering professionals understand which products they should be using and how to install them correctly.”

If the work is not done correctly the first time, repairing it to bring it to regulation standard can cost thousands of dollars.

“Basically, what you need to look for is that your tradesman has the appropriate qualification, which for a plasterer is the Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining,” says Doug. “You can then be confident they have the skills and experience they need to do the job properly and with regulation materials.”

According to industry analysis by, revenue in the wall and ceiling lining is tipped to grow over the next few years, as construction of new housing grows and investment in non-residential buildings increases. This means that plastering skills will be more in demand than ever.

Held at the extensive training facilities at Melbourne Polytechnic’s Epping campus on Friday 7 August, the Apprentice Challenge requires apprentices to complete three complex plastering jobs to a high standard: a keyhole archway, an ornate cornice, and a full height internal angle.

Two of Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining students will be competing at the Victorian Apprentice Challenge.

The work is ‘blind judged’ by independent judges to ensure they don’t know which student produced each work sample. While the work is going on, there are also occupational health and safety inspectors present to ensure correct work practices are being followed.

The day-long challenge will result in a winner and runner-up who will represent Victoria at the AWCIANZ National Apprentice competition at SeaWorld in Queensland in October 2015. The Victorian competitors will be trained by Melbourne Polytechnic’s Doug Vaux.

For more information about Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Wall and Ceiling Lining please visit our website or call 03 9269 1111. 


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1558913244e.cin1558913244hcety1558913244lopen1558913244ruobl1558913244em@sn1558913244oitac1558913244inumm1558913244oC1558913244

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.