Drywall Finishers are precise and tactile professionals who enjoy bringing an interior close to the finish—providing the solid and well-presented base that allows for the final touches on a job. 

As a Drywall Finisher, you’ll work closely with your peers in a highly physical and hands-on role that will see you through a range of tasks. This includes preparing drywall for finishing, applying tape and fill and sanding all surfaces to ensure they are ready for paint. The work will test your physical and mental stamina, but also immensely rewarding, seeing your progress come to life.  

What You'll Learn

  • How to use safe work practices 
  • How to read drawings and use math 
  • How to install beads and trim 
  • How to apply tape and fill drywall  
  • How to sand, apply texturing and repair surfaces 

Key Job Skills

  • Time management  
  • Coordination  
  • Math and specifications 
  • Drywall repair 
  • Drywall installation 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 12 weeks over 2 years
Work-Based Training
4500 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$18.50 — $35.00

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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


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