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Change Careers – Become a Drywall Finisher!

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Are you looking for a new field?  Do you have what it takes to become a drywall finisher?  This career path is not only exciting, but it can be very lucrative, too.  This makes it the perfect solution for anyone who likes to work with their hands and see their projects come to life before their eyes.

What Does a Drywall Finisher Do?

In general, drywall finishers prepare or restore the wall, ceilings and possibly other surfaces in residential, commercial and industrial spaces.  Those surfaces can then be hung with wallpaper, painted or otherwise treated for decorative or functional purposes.

What Type of Person Makes a Good Drywall Finisher?

In general, the characteristics that make up a professional drywall finisher include:

  • A desire to work in a hands-on capacity.
  • An eye for detail.
  • A desire to continue to learn about new construction techniques.
  • A desire to learn about blueprints and other trade-related techniques, procedures and tools.
  • Enjoyment of working in different environments on a regular basis.

What Are the Educational Requirements to Become a Drywall Finisher?

In Ontario, every new drywall finisher must register to earn a Certificate of Apprenticeship.  This Certificate is achieved through 5,400 hours of apprenticeship, which includes classroom and on-the-job experiences.  After the 5,400 hours have been completed, an examination must be passed before earning a Certificate of Qualification.

How Can A Person Start on the Journey to Becoming a Drywall Finisher?

One of the first steps to becoming a drywall finisher in Ontario is to give the IUPAT a phone call at (416) 630-9604 right away.  The union representatives at the IUPAT can answer your questions about drywall finishing, and get you started.

Don’t wait – your new career is waiting for you!