Posted on October 29, 2019

The Plasterers, Cement Finishing and Masons Local 919 is recruiting Indigenous people into this Red Seal Trade

What do Cement Masons do?

Place, level and finish perishable concrete in various settings including: residential, commercial, industrial and institutional construction. They also install structural and machine base grouts.

Concrete Finishers/ Cement Masons:

  • Use machines such as walk-behind or ride-on power trowels to finish large warehouse or factory floors.
  • Use vibratory screeds to establish finished elevations
  • Construct forms, place and finish concrete curbs and sidewalks
  • Use power tools and equipment to chip, abrade, cut or grind concrete surface
  • Install control joints and catch basins into extruded curbs
  • Perform remedial work and dry finishing
  • Apply surface materials including epoxies and trowel-down coatings.

What do Cement Masons make for a wage?

First year apprentice rate is a range between $23 – 28 per hour plus benefits

When does the next training start?

  • First year training starts on November 18
  • The program is 5 weeks long and runs Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. each day. Classes with hands on training runs 6 -7 hours per day
  • The location of the Cement Masons is 12309 Industrial Road in Surrey. It is about a 15 minute walk from a sky train station
  • Apprentices will have to find their own accommodation and provide their own meals for the 5 weeks they are in training in class. The training school will provide as much assistance as possible in finding accommodations if needed

What is the training prerequisites?

The students must possess sufficient language skills to understand the instructor’s lectures.

How much is tuition?

First year tuition is $1,675, however, once the apprentice joins the Union, second year tuition of $2,400 is waived.

What equipment and supplies do I need?

  • Apprentices will have to provide their own work boots – rubber or leather – steel toed safety boots with the green triangle indicating the boots meet the safety standards. All other Personal Protective Equipment is provided by the training centre

Is funding available?

  • Also check with your local Indigenous Employment and Skills Organization (ISETS)

For more information or to register contact:

Roy Bizzutto - OPCMIA 919 Training Coordinator at: 604-999-2143 or by email at [email protected].


Brenda Ireland,

Advisor, Indigenous Training and Employment Development

Workforce Development Working Group (BC)

President, First Light Initiatives

Phone: 604.828.2141