Certificate III in Bricklaying
Brick & block layers are a key element to any construction project and a very in demand job in Australia.
Bricklaying is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
By studying bricklaying you will be setting yourself up for a promising career in a growing industry. Many people think it is a simple job, however there is so much more to this occupation. This occupation would suit someone who likes working outdoors, is physically fit and likes working with their hands. You will learn how to work on job sites for domestic,commercial and public buildings and work with clay bricks, concrete blocks and mortar.
Throughout the course students will learn how to interpret building plans, perform measurements, masonry blockwork, veneer and solid brick construction, leveling and scaffolding and how to use speciality tools.
The Certificate III in Bricklaying prepares students to perform a wide range of tasks in the building industry. You will be trained in numerous fields in the brick laying such as:
- Studying plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures.
- How to construct decorative panels, feature walls, arches and columns.
- Laying bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreading mortar between joints.
- Embedding blocks in mortar and removing excess mortar.
- Checking vertical and horizontal alignment.
- Cutting, shaping and polishing stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shaping bricks to fit irregular spaces.
Certificate III in Bricklaying
- Duration: 24 months
- Intake: January and July
- Cost: from $11,400 – $14,500 per year
- Locations: Perth and Melbourne
- Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
- Must have a minimum English score of IELTS 5.5 overall.
Potential Job Forecast:
- Full time bricklayers earn an average of $2020 per week.
- The average hours worked by a bricklayer in Australia are 42 hours per week.
- Employment for this occupation grew strongly in the past five years and is predicted to remain steady in the long-term (ten years).
- Bricklayers and stonemasons have a high proportion of full-time jobs (77 per cent).
- Most bricklayers can work independently as a contractor or for a larger building company.
Interviews with Our Students
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Denise came to Australia several times when she was younger and fell in love with the country. She decided to apply for a student visa and started her course at the Southbank campus of TAFE Queensland.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What do you do as a bricklayer?
Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures. A bricklayer also:
- Studies plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures.
- Erects scaffolding.
- Seals foundations with damp resistant materials and spreads layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks, using trowels.
- Lays bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreads mortar between the joints.
- Embeds blocks in mortar and removes excess mortar.
- Checks vertical and horizontal alignment.
- Cuts, shapes, and polishes stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shapes bricks to fit irregular spaces.
- Repairs and maintains bricks, cement blocks and related structures.
Where can I study to be a bricklayer in Australia?
International students can study to be a bricklayer in Perth and the Gold Coast.
Can foreigners do a bricklaying apprenticeship in Australia?
International students can’t do a bricklaying apprenticeship in Australia. Instead, they can study a 24-month vocational course to become a qualified bricklayer. Click here to read more about apprenticeships and vocational courses for international students
How much does a bricklayer get paid?
As per Job Outlook, a qualified bricklayer earns $2,070 a week, on average
What qualifications do I need to be a bricklayer?
To become a qualified bricklayer in Australia you’ll need to complete a Certificate III in Bricklaying
How much is a bricklaying course?
A Certificate III in Bricklaying costs between $11,000 – $14,500 per year
How many bricks can a bricklayer lay in a day?
Bricklayers on average lay between 300-500 bricks per day subject to weather conditions and the complexity of the job
Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?
These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries specifically European or North American countries accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always advise you check specifically with your home country.
How long does it take to become a qualified bricklayer?
A Certificate III in Bricklaying takes 24 months to complete
Is a bricklaying in demand in Australia?
Employment for this occupation grew strongly in the past five years and remained relatively steady in the long-term (ten years). Bricklayers and stonemasons have a high proportion of full-time jobs (90.7%). Bricklaying is also on Australia’s Medium to Long Term Skills Shortage List
How do I get started?
Complete this questionnaire and we’ll send you some detailed information on the course and explain what documents you’ll need for enrolment
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