Cement Finishing Contractor (Commercial)

License required by 24 states

27th most burdensome licensing requirements.

65th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Cement finishing contractors, also known as concrete mason contractors, contract with clients to smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads or curbs, using a variety of hand and power tools; align forms for sidewalks, curbs or gutters; patch voids; and use saws to cut expansion joints.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the cement finishers who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Twenty-four states license cement finishing contractors working on commercial properties. Ten states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Twelve states require no experience. On average, states require 508 days of education and experience, $365 in fees ($1,078 in Nevada), and about one exam. These high barriers give commercial cement finishing contractors the 27th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Arkansas 24 $180 1825 5 years 1 0 0
2 Nevada 24 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
3 California 24 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
4 Arizona 24 $686 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Hawaii 24 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
6 Oregon 24 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
7 New Mexico 24 $318 730 2 years 2 0 18
8 Virginia 24 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
9 Utah 24 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
10 South Carolina 24 $325 730 2 years 2 0 0
11 Mississippi 24 $640 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
12 Alabama 24 $492 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
13 Louisiana 24 $460 0 2 0 0
14 Rhode Island 24 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
15 West Virginia 24 $174 0 2 0 0
16 D C 24 $655 0 0 0 0
17 North Dakota 24 $125 0 0 0 18
18 Tennessee 24 $305 0 1 0 0
19 North Carolina 24 $145 0 1 0 0
20 Alaska 24 $300 0 0 0 0
21 Washington 24 $113 0 0 0 0
22 Iowa 24 $50 0 0 0 0
23 Idaho 24 $30 0 0 0 0
24 Nebraska 24 $0 0 0 0 0

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