Training the Next Generation

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Local 534 was excited to debut our new VR training system to the next generation at the Girls in the Trades Conference and YouthBuild Boston. Both groups were able to try out the new VR system and get a feel for what it’s like on a real-life job site. The new VR system demonstrates first-hand how appealing joining our crafts can be as we work to recruit the next generation of plasterers and cement masons.

We’re revolutionizing how we train our apprentices and continue to deliver high-quality education. By mimicking natural work environments, pre-apprentices, apprentices, and journeypeople learn proper techniques before ever setting foot on a job.

OPCMIA Scholarship Application Open Now!

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Applications for the OPCMIA Scholarship are now being accepted until April 1, 2022. To be eligible, applicants must be a dependent of a Local 534 member (or another OPCMIA local) in good standing and enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at an accredited university.

Winners are selected based on the GPA of each applicant, as well as a written essay on the importance of OPCMIA for the family of the applicant. 

Applicants are required to fill out an application and provide the following:

  • An official copy of a high school or college transcript
  • A written essay 
  • A letter of recommendation

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please visit 

Local 534 is now accepting new apprentice applications!


Interested in becoming a plasterer or cement mason? Great news — applications are now open for our Apprentice Training Program! 

As a member of Local 534, you’ll have the opportunity to receive world-class training, earn top wages and benefits, and join a community of great workers building our region. 

To apply, fill out the application below and return it to our Director of Apprentice Training William Redmond at or by faxing it to 617-825-7519Be sure to review the materials required for an interview.

Click here to download the apprentice application form.

Click here to learn more about the required documentation for an interview.