Training

Cement (Concrete) Finisher Apprenticeship

Concrete Finishing is a voluntary trade previously governed by the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (old Reg 1046). Our trade work is now governed by the new Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act.

The CFLRA participates on the Ontario College of Trades [OCOT] “Concrete Finisher Trade Board” [CFTB] through appointed representatives. Minutes from these meetings are available at the Ontario College of Trades website HERE.

The OCOT Concrete Finisher Trade Board has made application to join the national Red-Seal program for Concrete Finishers in Ontario (just
like BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, PEI, Nova Scotia & Newfoundland). A national occupational analysis for our trade is scheduled for 2016 (details TBA). Please contact the CFLRA if you are interested in getting involved.

In addition to the finishing of concrete for floors and exterior pavements, the art of cement finishing also includes the application of numerous architectural finishes including imprinted concrete, exposed aggregate, polished concrete, stains & dyes and epoxy floor systems. Cement finisher journeyman earn some of the highest wages in the construction industry making this career choice both creative and rewarding.

If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please contact the Labourer’s International Union or the Cement Masons Union regarding apprenticeship training at their facilities at the following telephone numbers:


If you have any questions, please feel free to call or e-mail.