Both informal and formal training programs are available for people interested in acquiring drywall skills. Informal training usually happens on the job where an employer provides gradual training. Formal training may take place in apprenticeship programs lasting 3-4 years, or individuals may pursue courses at a college or vocational institute.
Students who study drywall typically learn about the following:
- Taping and finishing drywall
- Blueprint reading
- Hanging gypsum boards
- Tool usage
- Industry materials
List of Drywall Courses
Through hands-on experience, students learn the use of drywall finishing tools. Students go over safety equipment and procedures for using power tools. This class is usually offered as an introductory-level course for drywall finishing programs.
Methods and Materials
This class usually teaches about common drywall materials. Application and rigging of drywall on frames and ceilings is also taught, as are trim application methods. This course is often one of the first taken in a drywall finishing program.
Procedures and Tools for Taping
Through lectures and coursework involving hands-on practice, students learn how to apply tape to freshly hung drywall. Students will practice applying tape, using taping tools, and implementing wiping techniques to cover the seams between pieces of drywall. Instructors will go over the procedures used for producing smoothly finished walls.
Finishing and Textures
Through this course, students have the opportunity to study different wall covering textures. Instructors will go over how to prepare surfaces, application techniques, texturing machines, color usage, applying texture by hand, and covering up damaged areas.