Drywall, Acoustic and Lathing Applicators (451A) erect exterior structural steel studs and sheeting, shaft wall systems, and install and finish lath and drywall, partition walls and furring, ceiling systems and access flooring types as well as applying thermal and sound insulation. 

Drywall Acoustic and Lathing Applicator Job Related Skills:
  • installing drywall, pre-fabricated panels and partition walls
  • exterior structural steel studs and sheeting
  • installing and framing exterior walls, doors, windows, affixing anchors and bracing
  • reading, interpreting and applying blueprints
  • using a transit, laser, tape, water level, dry line, ladder or scaffold
  • thermal and sound insulation, attenuation blankets
  • installing and sealing vapour barriers
  • understanding job site safety procedures and effectively using them to work and stay safe
  • use of power tools and equipment that are related to the job at hand

Drywall Apprenticeship Requirements
To obtain your Certificate of Apprenticeship as a Drywall Acoustic and Lathing Applicator, a grade 10 education is currently the legal minimum to be apprenticed in this trade under the Ontario College of Trades Apprenticeship Act (2009). Please note that minimum entry requirements to this and other trades are currently under review by the Ontario College of Trades.  Completion of a 5,400 hour Apprenticeship includes a combination of on-the-job work experience and complete two mandatory eight week blocks of in-school training, before successfully writing an examination to obtain your Certificate of Qualification.

How to obtain a Certificate of Qualification in Drywall
Once apprentices have completed the required schooling and work experience for their apprenticeship, they may write the Drywall Certificate of Qualification examination through the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. A provincial C of Q and inter-provincial or “Red-Seal” certificate will be granted to those scoring 70% or above on the examination.

How to Apply for a Drywall Apprenticeship at Local 18
If you think you are interested in starting an exciting career as a Drywall Acoustic and Lathing Applicator through our Apprenticeship program, please complete the Membership Application and drop off your completed application package, with all supporting documents, in person at either our Hamilton or Niagara office, which ever location is most convenient. Should you be unable to visit us, please submit your completed application package online, with all supporting documents, as well as proof of current mailing address that you reside within the Hamilton/Niagara area, to [email protected]. *Please note that incomplete application packages unfortunately will not be accepted – ensure you have included all required documents.

Local 18 Drywall Trade School
Local 18 is proud to offer Drywall Trade Schooling at our Hamilton office location, in our state of the art training facility with on-site instructors, and is open to all Registered Drywall Acoustic and Lathing Applicator Apprentices in Ontario. We offer both Level 1-Basic Drywall and Level 2-Advanced Drywall classes at affordable rates for apprentices. This Employment Ontario project, program, or service is funded by the Ontario government.

Upcoming Drywall Courses offered for the 2023-24 school year at our facility include:

August 28, 2023 – October 20, 2023 – BASIC (Level 1)
October 23, 2023 – December 15, 2023 – ADVANCED (Level 2)

January 8, 2024 – March 1, 2024 – BASIC (Level 1)
March 4, 2024 – April 26, 2024 – ADVANCED (Level 2)

As an apprentice, should you have any questions with regards to the Local 18 Drywall Trade School program, please contact our Trade School Administrator:

Cheryl Townsend
1342 Stonechurch Road East
Hamilton, Ontario   L8W 2C8
Phne: 905-522-4880 ext 221  Fax: 905-522-0122
[email protected]