Concrete Finisher

Concrete Finisher
Fast Fact:

Concrete was used by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.

How Do I Start?

Contact the local building trade office for assistance. We'll be happy to talk with you and answer any questions you may have. We can also help you contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to register you as an apprentice.

Cement Mason Local 222
(780) 423-4296
Edmonton, AB
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At the beach, are you doing more sand-smoothing than sandcastle building? Concrete finishers create pristine surfaces on new concrete and restore old.

The projects in this trade fluctuate seasonally (you may do overtime in the summer), but finishers are required year-round for indoor industrial projects.

Oh - you also need to know chemistry to apply sealants and coatings.

Frequently asked questions:

How long is the training for this trade?
Training for this trade requires technical training and on-the-job experience under the supervision of a certified journeyperson. This is a three-year program.

After you have met all of the requirements for journeyperson certification, you will receive a Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate and a Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification.

Where can I study for this trade?
Theoretical training for concrete finishing is offered through the NAIT campus in Edmonton or SAIT in Calgary.

Is this trade Red Seal certifiable?
Yes, inter-provincial Red Seal Certification is available for this trade.

What if I don’t have my grade 12? Can I still look into this trade?
Yes. The academic requirements for entry into this trade are not related to high school grade level. If you do NOT have grade 12, contact Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trades Commission to have your academic qualifications assessed.
Click here for the Sask Apprenticeship website. Or email Sask Apprenticeship.

I am a new high school graduate. Does this help me?
Yes. Employers do usually prefer workers who have grade 12, and a grade 12 diploma guarantees you have met the academic requirements for entry into this trade.

Why should I apprentice with an organized/unionized tradesperson?
Entry to this trade program requires the partnership of an employer and the supervision of a certified journeyperson. Working with a unionized tradesperson means you will do your required on-the-job training with a skilled, professional employer who will mentor you through your apprenticeship, ensuring you have the highest quality work experience in the safest of working environments.

An added bonus is that being involved with an organized/unionized tradesperson from the start helps you to network as you build your new career.  

You can do it on your own, but why would you? Nothing worthwhile is ever constructed alone.