To work as a drywall finisher, you typically need to:
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Drywall finisher jobs tend to be entry-level jobs that require little or no previous work experience. However, many employers prefer that you have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Most drywall finishers receive informal on-the-job training from an experienced worker. During training you begin by moving materials and cleaning up debris. You also learn how to patch nail holes and tape joints. When you are fully trained you can make estimates and bid jobs. Training generally takes up to one year.
Some branches of the military train people to be construction specialists. Training lasts five to eight weeks, depending on your specialty. Further training occurs on the job.