Drywall finishers tape and finish wallboard (drywall). They also apply, maintain and restore plaster and similar materials on interior and exterior walls, ceilings and building partitions to make them more decorative, soundproof and fire-rated.

You are detail oriented.

You are creative.

You are tidy!


  • Apply assorted beads, reveal and shadow trims that transform ordinary walls into “Drywall Art”.
  • Mix and apply filling compounds, then sand them to create a smooth finish.
  • Use spray systems to apply and repair decorative, textured coatings to walls and ceilings.
  • Install mouldings and ornaments.
  • Use advanced taping and coatings.
  • Machinery such as Ames, Apla-Tec, Can-Am, etc.

Key Skills & Attributes

(technical training and on the job)

  • Strong communication skills, reading and numeracy.
  • Strong problem-solving and planning skills.
  • Creativity and an eye for detail.
  • Physical strength and balance.
  • Ability to work in high places.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment.

What You’ll Need

Entrance Requirements

Highschool or equivalent. Complete a three-to four year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

Apprenticeship Program: 3-4 years, includes technical training, on-the-job training and exam. Journeyperson certificate awarded after successful completion. Approval for a self paced apprenticeship program may be available.

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Hourly Pay

Approx. $29-$44

(Based on journeyperson)

Projected Construction Worker Retirements

~ 8,100 by 2029*

*BuildForce Canada

Did You Know?

Professional drywall finishers make the work look easy, but this career requires skills, agility and patience!