Learn the Cement Mason & Plaster Trade through Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Means Teamwork. It takes the combined efforts of Labor, Management, Government and the Department of Education to create a training program that will keep up with today’s building industry . . . and that is exactly what we have done.
Apprenticeship Means On-the-Job Training. You will learn new skills by working on-the-job with experienced journey person Cement Masons. You will master the tools of the trade with hands-on practice. You will build new skills daily, and get paid as you learn.

Apprenticeship Means Professional Instruction. The applications of concrete technology are explored during formal classroom instruction. Traditional skills, safety, green building techniques, leadership training, and the latest innovations are all part of the program. However, class work is not limited to theory alone. As an apprentice, you will refine your finishing skills with hands-on applications under the personal guidance of master craftsmen.

Apprenticeship Course Information

The Washington Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program takes four years to complete and involves both on the job and classroom training. You will be paid for work while on the job, with full health care and retirement benefits. When you have completed the program, you will have earned Journeyman status with the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons International Association, and be eligible to work as a Journeyman Cement Mason anywhere in the United States or Canada.

Apprentice Cement Masons are paid at 60% of the journeyman wage to start, plus full benefits. Additional credit can be given for previous experience in the trade. Wage increases are given incrementally every six months, provided the requirements of the apprenticeship program are successfully met.

Entry into the Apprenticeship

Minimum Requirements –

  •  Must be 18 years of age

  • High school graduate or GED equivalent

  • Physically able to do the work of the trade


  •  Applicants must provide copies of:

    •  Current driver’s license

    • Social Security card or other I-9 documentation

    • High school diploma, official transcript or GED

Other Considerations – Dependable transportation is needed to get to and from job sites. If you do not have it, you need to make a commitment to getting it upon entry into the program.

New apprentices will be selected via a physical assessment event. Invitation to take the physical assessment will be given after the application and supporting documentation are received.
New apprentices will be given, and expected to pass, a drug test.
New apprentices must pay initiation fees to their affiliated Local Union 72, 478 or 528 upon acceptance into the program.

New apprentices must take an 80 hour pre-job class if they are accepted into the program, to be taken before apprenticeship begins.

The Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program admits students of any gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
We are in compliance with Department of Labor EEO Regulations governing apprenticeship. To view, please visit the following link: http://www.lni.wa.gov/TradesLicensing/Rules/files/apprenticeship/29CFRPart30.pdf



Filled out applications can be emailed to Concretetraining@trowelout.org

Filled out applications can be submitted in person at the apprenticeship during business hours.

6737 Corson Ave S, BLDG D, Seattle, WA 98108

Filled out applications can also be submitted by mail : PO BOX 81044, Seattle, WA 98108.

Phone: (206)762-9286


floor finishes 

At our training center we teach all kinds of floor finishes, From Polished concrete, Epoxies,overlays, stains, stencils, terrazzo and exposed aggregate. Just to mention a few. 


"Wet" Finish 

Placing and Finishing "Wet" concrete is a master craft in itself. From layout to concrete calculations, place and finish, we teach you hw to be sucessful and productive. 


"Dry" Finish

When you need to finish cured concrete you may be applying a "Dry" finish, repair, patch, structural repair, fiber resin structural patch or just a plain ol' sacking, we train all that too.