There is currently a shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry. Apprentices can learn a skilled profession while earning a steady wage that will increase according to working hours as well as a full benefit package.


Registered Apprentices receive Related and On-the-job Training until completing their required hours.  Continued safety/industry training is offered to Journeyman to make sure you always know what is going on with the latest techniques.


Great apprenticeship training is a benefit to both employers and the employees. Registered Apprenticeship provides ongoing training to continue to better  grow employees and a stronger future for the entire industry.



What Is Registered Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship is a proven model of job preparation that combines paid on-the-job training (OJT) with related instruction to progressively increase workers’ skill levels and wages. Registered Apprenticeship provides an effective way for employers to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled workers. It allows employers to develop and apply industry standards to training programs, thereby increasing productivity and the quality of the workforce. As an “earn and learn” strategy, Registered Apprenticeship offers job seekers immediate employment opportunities that pay sustainable wages and offer advancement along a career path.

The U.S. Registered Apprenticeship System is authorized through the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937 (29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.). The Office of Apprenticeship (OA) in conjunction with State Apprenticeship Agencies (SAAs) is responsible for registering apprenticeship programs that meet Federal and State standards, issuing certificates of completion to apprentices, encouraging the development of new programs through outreach and technical assistance, protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices, and assuring that all programs provide high quality training.

According to the Office of Policy Development and Research (OPDR) as of January 2017,  In the United States there are more than 150,000 employers and other Registered Apprenticeship sponsors employing more than 500,000 apprentices in over 1,000 occupations.

What To Expect

Local 633 JATC Training Center has two Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry Registered Apprenticeship Programs, Cement Mason and Plasterer.  These courses are both three-year training programs at no cost to you that requires the completion of 6,000 hours of On-The-Job Training as well as 200 hours of Related Classroom Instruction.  You will first begin your career by going to work for a Union Contractor and receiving a great starting wage which will be 70% of Journeyman Scale plus full benefits.  Over time you will become eligible for medical benefits and a pension plan as well as other benefits.  Each year beginning around October you will attend Related Classroom and Shop Training one week per month until around May.

Qualifications To Apply

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have Valid Minnesota Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation
  • Should be physically capable of performing the work


After obtaining employment with a signatory contractor as a Cement Mason you will learn the following through your Apprenticeship

Related Training

Basics of ConcreteTools, Equipment & Materials
Concrete Form WorkConcrete Finishing
Concrete RepairLaser & Level Training
Construction MathBlueprint Reading
Decorative ConcreteSuper Flat Floors
Epoxy-coatings, Seamless, InjectionsCurbs & Gutter
Confined Space TrainingHigh Lift Training
OSHA 30 Certification1ST Aid/CPR/AED Certification
Core4/PRO 10

On-The-Job Training (OJT)

During your 6,000 hours of OJT  You Will learn and work  in these Categories:

Care, Use And Maintenance Of Tools Of The Trade
Screeding, Floating And Trowelling Of Cement Surfaces
Preparation Of Surfaces For Waterproofing, Repairing And Finishing
Establishing Elevations & Grades, Setting Of Screeds & Forms For Cement & Concrete
Proper Way To Apply Floor Hardness, Coloring, Decorative, Mastic, Etc.
Kinds And Amounts Of Materials Used In Cement Work And Concrete
Methods Of Protecting And Curing Work And Material
Cement Steps, Curb And Gutter, Running Base And Concrete Trims


After obtaining employment with a signatory contractor as a Plasterer you will learn the following through your Apprenticeship

Related Training

During your three years of Related Training You Will Learn and Achieve Certifications as Follows:

Construction MathBlueprint Reading
OrnamentalVeneer Plastering
StuccoUSG Interior Finishing
Special Interior Wall FinishingCore4/PRO-10 Certification
OSHA 30 Certification1ST Aid/CPR/AED Certification
Confined Space TrainingHigh Lift Training

On-The-Job Training (OJT)

During your 6,000 hours of OJT You Will learn and work in these Categories:

Plastering On Gypsum Lath
Exterior Cement Stucco Plastering
E.F.I.S. Exterior Finish Insulation Systems
Plaster Coves
Taping Wall Boards
Plaster Repair Work
Spray-On Construction Plastering And Technical Machine Operation
Plastering On Masonry Work, Brick, Tile, Blocks, Etc.
Cement Plastering, Trowel Or Textured Finishes
Mixing Materials And Scaffold Erection
Ornamental Plaster Work And Miscellaneous
Acoustic Plaster Applied Direct To Steel And Plaster Bases
Veneer Plastering