DC 17 Drywall Finisher


Drywall finishers and plasterers surface, tape and finish wallboard (drywall). They 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. They also texture concrete, apply coats of plaster to foundation materials, and install, repair and restore mouldings and ornaments.

Skills & Abilities

People who enjoy working in this trade tend to prefer work that involves variety, creativity, and recognition for their skills. To be successful in the trade drywall finishers need:

  • The skills to read, write and communicate verbally
  • Good background in trade math
  • Manual dexterity
  • The ability to lift up to 25 kilograms
  • The ability to work at heights
  • The strength required to move heavy ladders or set up scaffolding
  • A desire to do a precise and thorough job
  • Computer skills are an asset