Interior Systems

Interior systems specialists put the finishing touches on the interior surfaces of residential or commercial buildings.

No Fees

All Interior Systems qualifications are free until 2023. Find out more.

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Job Prospects

Very good

Total Fees

FREE until 2023 (previously $2,000–3,000)

Time to qualify

1–3 years

Career opportunities

Plasterboard fixer, interior plasterer, fibrous plasterer, suspended ceiling installer, leading hand, supervisor, sales representative, technical advisor, business owner


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What interior systems specialists do

Interior systems specialists work mostly inside, alongside other tradespeople. It's important that their work is of a high standard – it can make the difference between a good finish and a great finish.

There are great opportunities for interior systems professionals across a range of specialisations. Each has its own unique challenges and career opportunities.

Plasterboard fixing and interior plastering

Work on new builds, alterations or repairs to existing buildings by applying plaster and fixing plasterboard to walls and ceilings.

Fibrous plastering

Work in a factory environment manufacturing products. Oversee the manufacture of fixed fibrous plaster sheets and tiles. Create and install cornices, arches, fire surrounds and dados.

Suspended ceiling and interior partition installation

Fit panels or sheets of plasterboard to a suspended grid to create a suspended ceiling. Specialise in the installation of pre-made removable partitions – usually in commercial buildings or offices.

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Interior systems qualifications

The BCITO manages apprenticeships for interior systems specialists. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards one of the following Level 4 qualifications:

You will work under an experienced employer who'll provide on-job coaching and tautoko throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor.

There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions and work out measurements, quantities and angles.

Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career

Working with interior systems isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.