Cement (Concrete) Finisher

Certificate of Qualification 244G
❝ My work as a concrete finisher is often fast-paced and strenuous. I like working as a team member and using different tools and techniques to create various finishes.❞
A Cement (Concrete) Finisher masters the art of applying various finishes to concrete surfaces. Cement Finishers work on a wide variety of vertical and horizontal surfaces and structures such as concrete floors, walls, sidewalks, stairs, driveways, curbs, gutters, dams, bridges and tunnels.

Key Skills & Attributes

  • Excellent communication and listening skills

  • Eagerness to develop new skills

  • Physically fit with a willingness to work outdoors

  • Ability to work as part of a team, and/or independently

  • A strong work ethic and positive attitude

  • Well organized, punctual and reliable

Entrance Requirements

  • 18 years or older

  • Grade 10 minimum

  • Valid Ontario driver's licence

  • Construction experience is an asset

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Apprenticeship Program

A Cement (Concrete) Finisher apprenticeship allows you to learn new skills and earn a living at the same time. Most apprentices will complete the required 5,000 hours of technical training and on-the-job training over a 2-3 year period. This apprenticeship has two in-class levels which are each eight weeks in length and is a Red Seal Trade.


  • Direct placement of concrete, check formwork and steel reinforcement materials

  • Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills & other fixtures

  • Level top surface concrete according to grade and depth specifications

  • Apply components to cure, waterproof and restore surfaces

  • Use equipment and hand & power tools to create finishes on concrete surfaces

  • Repair, resurface and replace worn or damaged sections of concrete structures

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Employment Sectors

  • Institutional and commercial construction

  • Heavy and civil engineering construction

  • Self-employed

  • New home building and construction

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Did you know?

Cement (Concrete) Finisher should be physically fit and able to stand for long periods of time, crouch, kneel, lift heavy materials, and work outdoors in high heat and cold weather.