Apprenticeship Program

Current and future demand for skilled craftsmen necessitates an apprenticeship program that takes into consideration practices of one of the world’s oldest trades, along with instruction in new techniques, applications, technologies, and materials. The Southern California Cement Masons Joint Apprenticeship Program supports a world-class curriculum of instruction and on-the-job training for more than 300 apprentices annually. Union cement mason skills are honed with the most comprehensive apprenticeship training program in the industry.

Cement Mason journeymen are skilled in their craft as well as in working to bring in the job on time and within budget. Once an apprentice earns his journeyman status, his skill becomes an asset. This asset is most-needed and is recognized by all union contractors.

Cement Mason journeymen are considered to be on the “upper-end” of the construction industry wage and benefits scale. Apprentices receive medical benefits and retirement funding as they progress.

The Apprentice
A Cement Mason apprentice can expect an array of classes and on-the-job training to help develop marketable job skills while receiving hourly wages and benefits. Complete guidance can be expected during the development of skill, integrity, and subsequently pride of work

A cement mason apprentice can expect to work on a variety of construction projects. Some of the more notable construction projects worked on by union cement masons include Disneyland, Universal Studios, Southern California freeways, the Kodak Theatre, Library Tower, dams, bridges, school and government facilities, and hundreds more.

Given the diversity of projects, boredom as a cement mason is not likely.

Program and Application Process

The Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program has eight different periods of wages and instruction. Each pay period consists of a minimum of eight classes at the present pay period and 600 hours of on-the-job training. This process must be completed for each of the eight pay periods before the apprentice can be considered for advancement to the next pay period.

Training classes are held year-round and are mandatory for all apprentices. Under the guidance of an instructor, apprentices will receive training in the following subjects:

  • History of Cement Industry
  • Labor & Management Relations
  • Setting of All Concrete Forms
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Equipment and Small Engines
  • Basic Math, Measuring & Estimating
  • Builders Level, Laser Beam & Transit
  • Concrete Ingredients, Mixes and Admixture
  • Placing, Leveling and all Concrete Finishing Processes
  • Reading and Interpreting Blue Prints
  • Patching and Sacking
  • Epoxy, Epoxy Injection and Materials
  • Certifications, Endorsements and Safety Identification Cards
  • Concrete Polishing
  • Pervious Concrete
  • Shotcrete

Program Requirements
  1. Minimum age is 16 years.
    Under 18 years necessitates parent/guardian consent
  2. No maximum age
  3. No education requirements
  4. Must be able to read and write in English
  5. Physically required to be able to perform usual and customary work
  6. Must have transportation

On-The-Job Training

  Work Processes Approx. Hours
Site Preparation and Concrete Forming 1,000 hours
Place and Finish Concrete 1,000 hours
Steps and Base 500 hours
Curb and Gutter (all types) 500 hours
Concrete Repair 350 hours
Machine Operation, Epoxy and Epoxy Injection 150 hours
Decorative Concrete and Concrete Polishing 1,300 hours


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Southern California Cement Masons
Joint Apprenticeship Program

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