Masonry students stand near a chimney they built

Cement Mason Apprenticeship

The Cement Mason Apprenticeship program provides work experience that covers a wide range of skills that vary depending on structure types, types of bond laid and kinds of materials used. The so-called "Trowel Trades" include bricklaying, stone laying, plastering, marble masonry, tile laying, terrazzo working and cement finishing.

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A mason lays brick and/or other types of masonry to construct foundations, walls, fireplaces, smokestacks, arches and similar structures; ability to do specialized and intricate masonry work such as refractory brick in chimneys and line furnaces, build glass walls and lay out and build ornate arches, fences and fireplaces.

Trades Covered:

  • Bricklaying
  • Block laying
  • Cement Finishing
  • Plastering
  • Tile setting


Jeanne Pecho
Apprenticeship Administrative Assistant
Phone: 920-498-5682
Toll-free: 1-800-422-NWTC, ext 5682

What are the qualifications?

Qualifications for Apprenticeships

  • Education: High school graduate or GED® (submit copy)
  • Age: 18 or high school graduate at 17, no maximum
  • Test: Assessment math and reading tests at NWTC
  • Accuplacer Bench Mark Scores: Arithmetic - 57, Reading/Comp - 52, Sentence Skills - 60
  • License: Valid driver's license (submit copy)
  • Completed application

Length of Contract

  • 42 months of not less than 4,200-5,460 hours, depending on the masonry trade.
  • On-the-job training (OJT) - 3,700-4,960 hours of work (depending on the trade) with a skilled craftsperson as per Exhibit "A"
  • Paid-Related Instruction (Day School) - 500 hours and successful completion of class material
  • Non-Paid Related Instruction (Night School) - 80 hours. 80% attendance
    is required for each class to receive credit. (First Aid CPR; OSHA; Welding; Adv. Blueprint Reading; Transit & Level)

How do I get started in the program?

How to apply

  • If you meet the qualifications listed above, complete the application form
    for the trade.
  • Applicants must also meet with the Committee for an interview, and will receive
    a letter of introduction if qualified for the program.

Applications available at:

Masons Business Office
1570 Elizabeth Street
Green Bay, WI 54302

Doug Goble - (262) 899-2828

Committee Address
Northeast WI Area Masonry Joint Apprenticeship Committee
PO Box 19042, Room AP218
Green Bay, WI 54307-9042
800-422-6982, ext. 5682

Committee Jurisdiction
Counties of Brown, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, and Oconto


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.