Course Type:
Accredited Course; Apprenticeship
Study Mode:
On Campus
3 years
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments

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Course Overview

If you’re looking for a career where no two days are the same and your skills are in high demand, then the Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying (Apprenticeship) is for you!

Get outdoors and get your hands dirty with this entry-level course designed for students who have an apprenticeship and want to learn as much as possible about the bricklaying industry.

Taught over a three year period, you’ll learn how to plan and set out bricklaying/block laying projects, understand and use specific materials and equipment, interpret plans and accurately measure jobs of any size. You’ll also get to choose from a huge range of electives that will tailor your studies perfectly to your career goals!

And because we know you’ll want to put your new skills into action as soon as possible, we’ve designed this course so you can work, learn and earn at the same time. You’ll attend 8 x five day blocks per year (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) for the duration of you apprenticeship, where you’ll have the chance to hone your skills while you keep working.

At the end of this course, you’ll be qualified to work as a bricklayer or blocklayer, gaining hands-on experience in the industry while you take the time to decide if you want to take your career further.

Taking your career further might mean studying a Certificate III in Carpentry. This qualification will further add to your skillset and give you more employment opportunities in the future – it can even lead to becoming self-employed!

Now is the perfect time to begin your career as a bricklayer and TAFE is the perfect place to help you get to where you want to be.

Please note, to be enrolled into Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying each student must have a current employer at the time of enrolment due to this course being for apprentices only.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8.00am-4.30pm
Delivery is a combination of face to face (8 x 5 day blocks per year (Year 1, Year 2, Year 3) practical tasks and workbooks provided to the student as part of the course materials costs. Students will also access the use Moodle for assessments required and some training can be conducted on site. A minimum of 4 workplace assessment and visits are also conducted throughout each calendar year for each trade apprentice.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying (Apprenticeship).

Career Opportunities

  • Bricklayer/Blocklayer

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be enrolled into Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying each student must have a current employer at the time of enrolment due to this course being for apprentices only.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



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Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Sample course units

Course units
CPCCCM2012 Work Safely At Heights
CPCCOM1015 Carry Out Measurements And Calculations
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCCM3001 Operate elevated work platforms up to 11 metres
CPCCCM2009 Carry out basic demolition  
CPCCCA3027 Set up, operate and maintain indirect action powder- actuated power tools  
CPCCBL3016 Construct battered masonry walls and piers  
CPCCBL3012 Construct fireplaces and chimneys  
CPCCBL3014 Install fire-rated masonry construction  
CPCCBL3015 Construct decorative brickwork  
CPCCBL3004 Construct masonry steps and stairs  
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCA3002 Carry out setting out  
CPCCBL2001 Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials  
CPCCBL2002 Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment  
CPCCBL3002 Carry out masonry veneer construction  
CPCCBL3003 Carry out cavity brick construction  
CPCCBL3005 Lay masonry walls and corners  
CPCCBL3006 Lay multi-thickness walls and piers  
CPCCBL3009 Install flashings and damp proof course  
CPCCBL3010 Construct masonry arches  
CPCCBL3011 Construct curved walls  
CPCCBL3013 Construct masonry structural systems


Assessment is competency based and includes observation, written assignments, on-line quizzes, tests and practical application in simulated workplace conditions.