Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential)

License required by 30 states

51st most burdensome licensing requirements.

42nd 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.

Thirty states license cement finishing contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require 307 days of education and experience, $300 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 15 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 51st most burdensome.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Nevada 30 $938 1460 4 years 2 0 18
2 Arizona 30 $826 1460 4 years 2 0 18
3 California 30 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
4 Hawaii 30 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 New Mexico 30 $318 730 2 years 2 0 18
6 Maryland 30 $433 730 2 years 1 0 18
7 Utah 30 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
8 Virginia 30 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
9 South Carolina 30 $50 365 1 years 0 0 0
10 Mississippi 30 $290 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
11 Michigan 30 $286 14 60 clock hours 2 0 18
12 Oregon 30 $410 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
13 Louisiana 30 $460 0 1 0 0
14 Rhode Island 30 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
15 West Virginia 30 $174 0 2 0 0
16 North Dakota 30 $125 0 0 0 18
17 Tennessee 30 $305 0 1 0 0
18 D C 30 $442 0 0 0 0
19 North Carolina 30 $145 0 1 0 0
20 Alabama 30 $350 0 0 0 0
21 Alaska 30 $300 0 0 0 0
22 Massachusetts 30 $250 0 0 0 0
23 Connecticut 30 $220 0 0 0 0
24 Washington 30 $113 0 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 30 $110 0 0 0 0
26 Arkansas 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Iowa 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Pennsylvania 30 $50 0 0 0 0
29 Idaho 30 $30 0 0 0 0
30 Nebraska 30 $0 0 0 0 0

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