Concrete Finishing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Dec 11, 2019

Students who wish only to learn the skill of concrete finishing can find instruction through short-term certificate programs that can be completed in about one semester of study. Students wishing to broaden their skill set may wish to enroll in a construction technology certificate or associate's degree program.

Concrete finishing technicians construct and finish concrete structures such as buildings and roads. Both certificates and associate degrees are available at a number of technical, vocational and community colleges.

Schools with Construction Technology Programs

These schools offer certificate and associate's degree programs in construction technology.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*
Lake Superior College Duluth, MN 2-year, Public Associate's $5,166
Austin Community College Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,550 in-district, $10,830 in-state, $13,020 out-of-state
Kansas City Kansas Community College Kansas City, KS 2-year, Public Certificate $3,300 in-state, $6,510 out-of-state
Salina Tech Salina, KS 2-year, Public Certificate $8,502
Madison Area Technical College Madison, WI 4-year, Public Certificate $4,407 in-state, $6,512 out-of-state
Crowder College Neosho, MO 2-year, Public Diploma $2,856 in-district; $4,092 in-state and out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for schools that teach concrete finishing:

  • Those considering a construction technology program should determine whether they would like to earn a certificate or degree in the field.
  • Individuals should determine whether a school's program has been accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCRE).
  • An apprentice program may permit prospective students to complete their education while gaining experience, making industry connections and earning an income.

Concrete Finishing Certificate

These programs usually consist of 10-16 credit hours of study. Students practice calculating and ordering concrete materials and study compound masonry mixtures. Most programs also include an internship or apprenticeship.

Construction Technology Certificate

Construction technology certificate programs usually consist of 20-36 credit hours. Instruction includes concrete-specific classes such as how to design and make concrete footings, floors and framework. Students are usually required to complete an internship in the field.

Associate of Applied Science in Construction Technology

Students must complete general education and field-specific classes, as well as one or more internships. Classes include plumbing, carpentry, concrete technology, concrete techniques and project scheduling.

Students who are interested in concrete finishing should look for accredited programs that offer apprenticeships. Prospective students should also consider what degree levels a school offers.

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