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About Local 18 Apprenticeships >

The Cement Mason and Plasterer trades provide many opportunities for advancement and with the proper effort on the part of the Apprentice, they can be the most rewarding careers. These are both time-honored professions and on top of that ESSENTIAL! Many challenges lie ahead of you both on the jobsite and in your related instruction classes. The pride and excitement you will experience, and the tangible rewards you will reap will greatly outweigh the difficulties inherent in meeting those challenges.

What does a Cement Mason do?

Cement masons pour concrete for a wide variety of construction projects including buildings, bridges, roads, pools and residential. You will have the opportunity to provide artistic finishes such as colors, stains, texture stamping and polishing to projects while using a wide variety of tools and machinery.

About the Cement Mason Apprenticeship

It is a three year program

You EARN AS YOU LEARN with on the job training

You attend 144 hours of classroom training annually

You start earning over $17.00 an hour

What does a Plasterer do?

A Plasterer Hand applies plaster with a trowel to interior and exterior ceiling and wall surfaces. Using their own hands, Plasterers can create anything they can visualize!

About the Plasterer Apprenticeship

It is a four year program

You EARN AS YOU LEARN with on the job training

You attend 144 hours of classroom training annually



You can apply in person at any of our 4 offices on the first Monday of every month (excluding holidays) 7:00 am - 9:00 am. See our office locations here.


1. Copy of ORIGINAL Certificate of Birth. Must be 18 years of age or older.

2. High School Diploma or GED certificate.

3. Photo I.D.

4. If applicable a copy of DD214 for proof of military service

5. A $20.00 application fee is required to cover cost of application. CASH ONLY

The Local 18 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund (JATF) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on this basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies or other school administered programs.

There is no test or ranking for this program. We are "Intent to Hire". Once the applicant has met the requirements above, the applicant will be given a list of signatory contractors for the area in which they live along with a letter of introduction. The applicant at that time may visit the contractors listed to solicit their first job.

When a contractor agrees to take the applicant as an apprentice a letter on company letterhead must be sent to the Local 18 JATF office stating such. When letter is received applicant will be instructed to take a drug screening paid for by Local 18 JATF. If drug screen is negative the applicant will then be registered as a Cement Mason Apprentice with Local 18 JATF and USDOL.

The local 18 JATF apprenticeship program is three years in duration. The apprentice will start at the first year level and must complete a minimum 144 classroom hours annually and additionally work a minimum of 1200 hours in the field annually to be promoted to next level.

How To Apply


Below you can find the most up to date information on our apprenticeship classes as well as the schedule. Click the box to expand for more details.

If you live 90 miles or more away from the training center you will be provided with hotel room if you choose to stay.

If you owe a fine bring the payment with you or you will not be allowed in class.

Class Schedule


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