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

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.

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.
  • Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified concrete finishers.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.