Cement (Concrete) Finisher

Cement (Concrete) Finisher
Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act
Voluntary Trade

Trade Code 244G


  • Finishes freshly poured concrete
  • Installs anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills in fresh concrete
  • Waterproofs, restores and repairs concrete surfaces and structures
  • Applies hardening and sealing compounds to cure new concrete
  • Operates power vibrator to compact concrete
  • Directs placement of concrete into forms or onto surfaces, inspects formwork, granular base and steel reinforcement materials

Personal Qualities

  • Able to work without close supervision
  • Able to bend and stoop to work
  • Able to work around high noise
  • Able to work in a variety of weather conditions
  • Some artistic ability and ability to pay attention to detail

Career Opportunities

  • Cement finishers are employed by construction companies, bricklaying contractors and manufacturers of precast concrete products
  • Supervisory positions are possible with experience

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeshipis Grade 10; however, mostemployers or unions may require Grade 12
  • English, Math and Technology high school courses would be helpful.
  • Completion of a 4,500 hour apprenticeship program is required

Training Availability

Apprenticeship Training

LIUNA Local 183 TrainingCentre
Cobourg Campus
560 Dodge Street
Cobourg ON K9A 4K5

Potential Earnings

  • Apprentices will progress towards a joureyperson’s wage over time
  • Wages1 range from $14 – $17 an hour for junior apprentices and $28 – $32 for journeypeople, excluding overtime.

Prospects For Employment

  • Employment is expected to be balanced until 2014 and good to 20192
  • Cement finishers who work on construction projects may experience periods of idleness as they wait for new work following completion of a project and lay-offs also tend to occur during the winter months

Financial Incentives

  • Employers who employ first, second and third yearapprentices can apply for theApprenticeshipTraining Tax Credit
  • Apprentices may be able to apply for the Tradesperson’s Tools Tax Deduction