Cement Mason / Concrete Finisher

Concrete Finishing is a recognized trade in Alberta and Apprenticeship training is available through the government to all that qualify

Remember: the Local will reimburse 90% of your fees upon course completion with a valid certificate and receipts.

Interested in Apprenticeship?

How to become and/or register as an apprentice:

  1. Click on this link: tradesecrets.alberta.ca
  2. Scroll down to the heading Apprenticeship Training
  3. Check out the various links that apply to you.

Steps to Register for Technical Training

  1. Click on this link: tradesecrets.alberta.ca
  2. Scroll down to the heading Apprenticeship Training

To Challenge the Exam

What Local 222 Training Center can provide:

Before you attempt to challenge any exam, we suggest you:

  1. Take the Concrete Finisher Knowledge Evaluation Quiz
  2. Test results will help determine any strengths/weakness.
  3. Should there be any topic areas that require review, we have course materials that you can purchase for studying.

If you are interested in taking this Evaluation Quiz, please contact the Training Center at 780-490-4327 or send an email to george@local222.com to get setup.

Government / TradeSecrets criteria for challenging exams:

If you hold a valid recognized credential, and want an Alberta document that says you do, you may apply for an Alberta document that indicates you hold a recognized credential and are allowed to work in a particular trade or branch of a trade. Use the Equivalency Application.

  1. Click on this link: tradesecrets.alberta.ca
  2. Scroll down to the heading Equivalency Program
  3. Check out the various links that apply to you.

If you DO NOT hold a valid credential, or you hold a valid credential that is NOT RECOGNIZED,  
you may apply to have your skills and knowledge assessed against Alberta’s standards. Use the Qualification Certificate Program – Work Experience Application

  1. Click on this link: tradesecrets.alberta.ca
  2. Scroll down to the heading Qualification Certificate Program
  3. Check out the various links that apply to you.

 

Any questions around apprenticeship training, contact:
Doug Harbak
Trades Certification Officer
Advanced Education and Technology
Edmonton, Alberta
Tel 780-422-6939
Email: doug.harbak@gov.ab.ca or www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca

 

Cement Masons/Cement Finisher–FAQs

Journeymen must :

  • Have 5500 hours of work experience
  • Be recognized by an employer as a journeyman,
  • Paid journeyman rate
  • The company must attach a letter that states that you worked at a competent journeyman level

For more info see: www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca/forms_publications/forms/pdf/qual_work_exp_guide.pdf

The term of apprenticeship is 3 years.

Year 1 = 4 weeks technical training + minimum 1200 hours on-the-job training

Year 2 = 4 weeks technical training + minimum 1200 hours on-the-job training + you write the Inter-provincial and Red Seal Certification exams.

Year 3 = You must work an additional 1200 hours of on-the-job field experience.

Assuming you have PASSED your exams, you submit your additional hours to the government.

Once approved, then you get your journey certifications.

For more information,

  1. Go to www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca/
  2. Scroll down the page to the section "Apprenticeship Training"

Locations vary from year to year.

  1. To Choose an available class - Go to www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca
  2. Scroll down the page to the section "Apprenticeship Training"

Yes, most apprentices qualify for Employment Insurance while taking their technical training. They also can apply for grants and scholarships

  1. tradesecrets.alberta.ca - financial assistance

Also Check out:

  1. www.tradesecrets.alberta.ca - scholarships

Once the apprentice is registered, she or he is responsible for:

  • actively participating in, and completing the required on-the-job training and work experience
  • attending and successfully completing the required technical training
  • passing all required examinations
  • carrying, and producing on request, an apprentice ID card
  • ensuring that her or his Record Book is completed

Once the apprentice is registered, she or he is responsible for:

  1. You first need to register through the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship board to become a Concrete Finisher in Alberta. 
  2. Different zones and districts have different codes, therefore you need to get the applicable code through Saskatchewan Apprenticeship board. 
  3. They will monitor your Blue book and hours.  Schooling/training will then be done in Alberta.
  4. For further information, contact Doug Harbak  (see above) to get the applicable contacts in Saskatchewan.