Concrete finishers (NOC 7282)

Significant seasonality

Job titles

Nature of work

Concrete finishers smooth and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and install, maintain and restore various masonry structures such as foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios and highrise buildings. They are employed by construction companies, cement and concrete contractors and manufacturers of precast concrete products, or they may be self-employed.

Fields of interest

  • Making or building things, constructing, doing repairs, and performing installations
  • Working for yourself
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Concrete finishers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Check formwork, granular base and steel reinforcement materials and direct placement of concrete into forms or onto surfaces according to grade
  • - Fill hollows and remove high spots to smooth freshly poured concrete
  • - Operate power vibrator to compact concrete
  • - Level top surface of concrete according to grade and depth specifications using straightedge or float
  • - Impart desired finish to concrete surfaces using hand and power tools
  • - Install anchor bolts, steel plates, door sills and other fixtures in freshly poured concrete
  • - Apply hardening and sealing compounds to cure surface of concrete
  • - Waterproof, damp-proof and restore concrete surfaces
  • - Repair, resurface and replace worn or damaged sections of floors, walls, roads and other concrete structures.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • * Completion of a two- to four-year apprenticeship program or Over three years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in cement finishing are usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • * Trade certification for concrete finishers is compulsory in Quebec and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
  • * Trade certification for cement masons is available, but voluntary, in Ontario.
  • * Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified concrete finishers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Skill type

  • Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

More information

  • * The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility. Additional information from Emploi-Québec: Under the Agreement on Internal Trade, a worker holding certification in a regulated trade has access to interprovincial labour mobility, whether or not the worker’s certification bears a Red Seal endorsement.
  • * Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.