Basics in Concrete


As Colorado grows, so does the need for skilled concrete workers. Concrete is the most common and versatile building material used in construction. Combined with reinforcing steel it becomes the durable long lasting base of our buildings and roads. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of concrete tools and materials as well as techniques of reinforcing, forming, and pouring concrete safely and successfully on a jobsite.

Students Earn:

  • Solid foundation of concrete construction skills
  • Career support & networking with employers
  • Preparation for a careers including Concrete Finishing, Rebar, or Equipment Operating making over $20/hour!
    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics



*Tuition coverage is available for worknow members or those becomeing worknow members. Worknow membership is free.


Course Schedule

This is a 2-week course. Students attend classes at our training center three nights per week from 5:30-8:30pm. Additionally, students may be required to complete online coursework outside of class.

Course Content

Preparation for a Career in Concrete

  • Introduction to career opportunities related to concrete
  • Support in finding employment in the industry

Introduction to Jobsite Management

  • Survey and underground markings
  • Erosion control

Squaring and Leveling

  • Prepare and level a square form using:
    • Tape measures
    • Laser levels
    • 345 and diagonal squaring method

Concrete Blueprint Reading

  • Review of foundation plans and details involving concrete and rebar

Jobsite & Personal Safety

  • Safety zones for heavy equipment
  • Common jobsite hazards
    • Rebar caps
    • Fall hazards
    • Flammable release agents
    • Exposure to concrete dust
    • Skin contact with cement
  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for common materials associated with concrete
    • Portland cement
    • Curing agents
    • Various
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) related to working with concrete
    • Respirators
    • Gloves
    • Safety vest
    • Eye and face protection

Concrete Hand Tools

  • Wire tying with lineman’s pliers
  • Twister – wire ties and rebar
  • Trowels, floats, and edgers
  • Rebar bender/cutter
  • Mixing tools

Introduction to Rebar

  • Types
  • Sizes
  • Common specs including tie configurations and applications in the field

Build a Basic Concrete Form

  • Measure, cut and bend reinforcing bar of various sizes
  • Build and tie a rebar grid using twisters and pliers

Concrete Power Tools

  • Chop saw
  • Circular saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Drills

Concrete as a Building Material

  • Concrete Ingredients
  • Ratios
  • Cure times
  • Additives
  • Environmental concerns related to pouring concrete

Mixing Concrete

  • Hand-mixing methods
  • Slump testing and moisture content – workability vs strength
  • Reinforce, pour, and finish concrete in a basic form


Eric White

Eric began his career as a commercial flooring installer before becoming a carpenter for 12 years in residential new construction/additions and commercial renovations. He has also run his own handyman company for 7 years, rehabilitated historic structures and led construction projects in remote locations. His particular interests are in green building/sustainability, hiking and making crafts.

Robert McElreavey

Robert is a Master Plumber with over 30 years of experience. He has been teaching the construction trades for 14 years, including apprenticeship-level plumbing. Robert has also taught carpentry skills to adults at Salvation Army centers and to court-involved young men at Ridge View Youth Services Center. When he is not working, Robert enjoys skiing, biking and surfing and spending time with his wife and two children.

How to Enroll

To enroll in a class, the first step is to attend a 30-minute Information Session at Colorado Homebuilding Academy.