Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority link, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.
A Bricklayer (AKA "Mason") uses bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and other materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures. They are also responsible for preparing surfaces to be covered and mixing ingredients they'll need like mortar or cement. Preparatory work such as caulking and cleaning and placing damp proofing and masonry flashing is also done by Bricklayers. Bricklayers do a variety of residential work including restoring damaged brick work, putting up ornamental or retaining walls and constructing brick driveways, patios, chimneys, and glass block walls. As brick-related products have evolved in recent years, Bricklayers have also become involved in laying bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls and fireplaces and other decorative installations. Prefabricated materials, mortarless bricks, and factory-assembled panelized masonry are trends that have changed the nature of Bricklaying work.
Bricklayer is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
The following education is recommended: Grade 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.
The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of Levels 1-to-3 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 6 weeks (180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 4,860 hours of work-based training.
A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2, after 21 weeks of training (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative pathways into the occupation).