Cement Mason/Concrete Finisher Apprenticeship

Work Description

The primary work of cement mason is finishing the exposed concrete surfacespouring_cement on many types of construction projects. These projects range from small jobs, such as finishing patios, floors and sidewalks, to work on huge dams, miles of concrete highways, foundations, walls of large buildings and airport runways. The cement mason levels, smoothes, and shapes surfaces of freshly poured concrete. Although they are involved in home building and basement and driveway work, the bulk of their work is commercial and industrial building. They also set forms for sidewalks and waterproof concrete walls.

Working Conditions

Since most of the work is done outdoors, working conditions may be determined by the weather. The work is active and strenuous with most of the work done on the ground or the floor level.


  • 3 year training program
  • 4,000 hours on-the-job training
  • 400 hours paid related instruction
  • The apprentice must complete Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and the OSHA Certificate courses
  • The apprentice in his/her final year must participate in the Transition-To-Trainer Course

Class work consists of studying the working characteristics of various cement and concrete mixes

You can find more information on the Department of Workforce Development of Wisconsin web page.