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

Living in Saskatchewan? title

Saskatchewan does not offer an apprenticeship for Concrete Finisher.

So how do I become an apprentice in Saskatchewan, if the "Concrete Finisher" is no longer a recognized trade in Sask?

Can you point me in the right direction?

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, 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

Contact George at the Local222 Training Center in Edmonton Alberta for complete information.

Living in Manitoba ?

Important Changes to the Concrete Finisher Regulation

On June 20th, 2012, the Manitoba government registered a revised regulation for the trade of concrete finisher outlining changes in scope of the trade, term of apprenticeship and wages rates.

More information about these new regulations can be found here.

 

Concrete finisher is a recognized trade in Manitoba and Training is provided through Manitoba Trades to all that qualify

However Manitoba has no localized Training so those requiring Concrete finisher training must attend training in Alberta through SAIT, Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade for Manitoba, will provide provisions for accommodations, transportation, and living allowance for those who qualify to attend training in Alberta

Reminder the Local will reimburse 90% of your fees upon completion with a valid Certification and receipts.

Interested in a Concrete Finisher Cement Mason Apprenticeship?

Start here!

  1. For more information about Manitoba trades click here.
  2. Information on How to start your apprenticeship - click here.
  3. Application forms for the Cemenet Mason apprenticeship - click here.

Finances & Awards & Grants

  • For more details on Apprenticeship grants and incentives, visit the Finance and Awards page of the Apprenticeship Manitoba website by clicking here.

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.