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Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship

Enjoy working with their hands and take pride in what they can build
Don't mind putting in an honest day's work for an honest days' pay
Can make a commitment and know what it takes to follow through
Understand team work

Concrete is the most widely used building material.  Cement Masons place and finish concrete according to specifications on roads, buildings, homes, sports arenas, and bridges - in fact, in almost all man-made structures.  In addition to hard trowel, broom and exposed aggregate, we can make concrete look like any natural material, such as slate, brick, wood or stone.  We color it, stain it, polish it, and stencil it.  Imagination is the only limitation with concrete.

We also set forms, repair concrete with cement-based products, epoxy injection and fiber wrap, and apply decorative and utilitarian toppings of epoxy and plymer-based cement products.  In addition, we need to know how to operate many types of power equipment and the tools used in cement finishing.

Cement Masons do hard, physical labor.
  It is important to be in excellent health, have a good sense of balance, good eyesight and hearing, and the desire and ability to work hard.
Cement Masons work in all kinds of weather, and the majority of the work is done outdoors.  They are sometimes required to work from great heights such as off-swinging scaffolding, man lifts, etc.
You will be required to purchase your own tools.  You will also need work boots, rubber boots, rain gear and gloves.

Total program length is 6400 hours of on-the-job training and 672 hours of supplemental instruction, with credit given for skills attained through previous experience.  With no previous experience in the trade, and successful completion of program requirements, it takes about four years to attain journeyman status.

Apprenticeship Means Teamwork
Apprenticeship Means On-the-Job Training
Apprenticeship Means Professional Instruction
Are You Apprenticeship Ready?

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy:  The Western Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students.  The Cement Masons Apprenticeship program does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethinc origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.  Women are encouraged to apply.



Admission Requirements and Procedure
Updated On: Jan 21, 2015 (15:41:00) PRINT/SAVE Article Email Article to FriendEMAIL Article

Minimum Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age 
  • High school graduate or GED equivalent
  • Physically able to perform work of the trade
  • Applicants must provide copies of 1) current driver's license, 2) social security card or I-9 documentation, 3) high school diploma, official transcript or GED.

Admission Procedure
Applications are accepted year-round.  New apprentices are accepted through our "Survival Day" testing procedure.  Survival days are scheduled based on workforce demand.  All applicants who meet the above requirements are invited to attend. 

Testing consists of hands-on work stations designed to test ability to follow direction and physically do the work.  Applicants are judged and scored by our Journeymen and Contractors.  Those with the highest scores are invited to join the program.  All new apprentices must have:

  • Meet the minimum requirements listed above
  • Complete a two-week Pre-Job class
  • Pass a drug test
  • Become a member of Local 528. 

The number of new apprentices selected is determined by workforce demand.

Applications can be returned to:
Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship
 P.O. Box 81044
 Seattle, WA  98108
Or faxed to: (206)762-0896 or emailed to

More information:

  • Required Tools (Updated: Sep 05, 2007 12:52:00)
  • Standards of Apprenticeship (Posted: Aug 02, 2007 13:14:13)

  • Page Last Updated: Jan 21, 2015 (15:41:00)

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