Cement Finishing Contractor (Residential)

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing


License required in 9 states
42nd most burdensome licensing requirements
71st most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)


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 and align forms for sidewalks, curbs or gutters; patch voids; and use saws to cut expansion joints.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not cement finishers who work for them. Licensing requirements differ based on the scope of the work. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. In some states, work on commercial properties requires a general contractor's license that is not specific to cement finishing; the requirements are generally the same as a commercial license, and they are treated the same here.


Nine states license residential cement finisher contractors, and most of these states demand only fees or other minimal requirements. Two states impose substantial experience requirements, however: two years in Maryland and four years in Arizona. Five states require exams.

(Last updated May 3, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age

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