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Preparing and Finishing Concrete

Code 5843
SectorBuildings and Public Works (07)
Number of credits60
Length of training900 hours
StatusProgram approved in 2013.
Educational organizations offering the program
This program is offered in French: 
5343 - Préparation et finition de béton

Program objectives

The Preparing and Finishing Concrete program aims to train students to set up, finish and protect cement surfaces. Concrete workers work with a variety of types of surfaces and vertical and horizontal structures, such as, floors, walls, sidewalks, pavements, curbs, stairways, dams, bridges and concrete tunnels. Furthermore, concrete workers apply texture, chisel, grind, and cure finished concrete and repair and restore damamged concrete. Cement workors apply different finishes to concrete surfaces such as architectural, motifs, stamps, swept or smooth finishes, as well as applying color to concrete. Cement workers install waterproof membranes to cement surfaces as well as other waterproofing products.

Cement workers are found in the four construction sectors - residential, institutional and commercial, industrial and civil engineering and transport.

Admission conditions

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their vocational training is to begin in a specific program of study, who hold a Training Certificate in a Semiskilled Trade, and who earned the required credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in Secondary Cycle One in general education in the youth sector or in Secondary II in general education in the adult sector
Persons who are 15 years of age or older on June 30 of the school year preceding their admission to a pilot project involving concurrent general education and practical training, who have attained vocational maturity and who have earned their Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics. By means of concurrent admission with an integrated schedule, they will continue their vocational training and their general education in the youth sector to complete the Secondary III prerequisites they need to obtain their vocational training diploma. Authorization by the Ministère is required for the concurrent admission of a student in Secondary III to the programs of study.

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Concrete finishers (7282)

Job titles

cement mason
concrete finisher

Functional prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific prerequisites
Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
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Program content

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
754-991 Become familiar with the organizations involved in the construction industry 15 1
754-992 To protect health, safety and physical integrity on construction sites 30 2
941-412 Use elevation equipment 30 2
942-011 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
942-024 Associate products, materials and equipment with concrete preparation and finishing 60 4
942-035 Plan concrete preparation and finishing work 75 5
942-045 Prepare and lay concrete sidewalks, pavements and curbs 75 5
942-056 Apply parging and acrylic coatings 90 6
942-068 Prepare and lay concrete floors 120 8
942-074 Finish concrete floors 60 4
942-084 Install waterproof membranes 60 4
942-095 Build concrete stairways 75 5
942-104 Repair concrete on different surfaces 60 4
942-118 Produce decorative concrete works 120 8
942-121 Prepare to enter the work force 15 1
900 60