Cement Mason Apprentice - Qualifications 

  1. Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  2. Must have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  3. Must possess a valid drivers' license at the time of selection.
  4. Must posses the natural aptitudes essential to acquiring the skills of the trade, as determined by prescribed aptitude tests.
  5. Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations.
  6. Must be willing to comply with the terms and conditions of the (State of Nevada approved) standards.
  7. Must complete Form I-9 at time of selection. 
The ability to get along with others also is important because cement masons frequently work in teams. High school courses in general science, vocational-technical subjects, mathematics, blueprint reading, or mechanical drawing provide a helpful background. 

On-the-job training consists of informal instruction, in which experienced workers teach apprentices to use the tools, equipment, machines, and materials of the trade. Apprentices begin with tasks such as chipping and grinding previously placed concrete, smoothing out rough areas to produce a neat appearance. Apprentices also will gain experience in edging, jointing, and using a straightedge on freshly placed concrete. As training progresses, assignments become more complex. 

Operative Plasterer's and Cement Masons' Union Local 797 and its signatory contractors sponsor this state approved apprenticeship program. The signatory contractors provide the means for apprentices to acquire their required 5000 hours of on-the-job training and the union provides training facilities for apprentices to satisfy the minimum 144 hours of classroom instruction each year. In the classroom, apprentices are provided instruction on topics such as (not inclusive): blueprint reading; scissor/boom lift operation; basic first aid/CPR; Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety classes; layout; history of concrete; forming, placing, and finishing concrete; stamped, colored, and stained concrete. 

Advancement is dependent upon satisfactorily completing required classroom instruction, accruing necessary on-the-job training hours, and prompt submission of required monthly forms. Upon satisfying State of Nevada requirements (3-years/5000 hours), you are advanced to Journeyperson status. With additional training, cement masons may become Foreman, General Foreman, or even Concrete Superintendents for masonry contractors. 

Cement masons should enjoy doing demanding work and working with their hands. They should take pride in craftsmanship and be able to work without close Supervision.                            


 “The recruitment, selection, employment and training of Apprentices during their Apprenticeship shall be without discrimination because of race, color, creed, age (40 years or older), sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, religion, disability or national origin.  This JATC will take affirmative action to provide equal opportunity in apprenticeship and will operate the apprenticeship program as required under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 30, and all regulations governing equal opportunity of employment in the State of Nevada.”