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Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying

National Course Code: CPC30111


The nationally accredited Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying equips you for a trade career as a bricklayer. Learn your trade in simulated workshops and on-the-job in your apprenticeship and open the door to one of the most in demand crafts in the construction industry.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Plan and set out bricklaying/blocklaying work
  • Prepare and use appropriate materials and industry tools
  • Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • Carry out measurements and calculations


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Collaboration and the ability to work independently
  • Good hand-eye coordination


Completing this course provides you with:

  • National recognition as a trade qualified bricklayer
  • Eligible for your trade licence from the Department of Fair Trading
  • Strong foundation to continue your studies or start your own small business

Career opportunities:

  • Bricklayer
  • Paver
  • Heritage bricklayer


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV Building and Construction (Building)
  • Diploma Building and Construction (Building)

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry have:

  • Flexibility to work in a variety of conditions
  • A collaborative nature to work as part of a team
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Practical aptitude
  • Attention to detail

Assessment is a very important part of your TAFE NSW course. We use a range of methods to assess your competence in a unit of competency including:

  • Practical assessments: determine hand skill development
  • Theory assessments: underpinning knowledge
  • Projects

This course, the Certificate III level, is where you gain all of your underpinning technical skills in bricklaying and blocklaying. It provides real world exposure through your apprenticeship and you will apply what you learn in TAFE NSW simulated work environments. Youll practice your skills at an intermediate level.

The Certificate IV Building and Construction (Building) course doesnt cover the underpinning experience gained in the Certificate III. This construction management course will teach you to plan building or construction work, to apply structural principles to low rise constructions, and to conduct on-site supervision of building and construction projects.

You need to complete the Certificate III before enrolling into the Certificate IV.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • laying bricks and masonry blocks using different bonds and mortar mixes
  • brick patterns and cement mortars for domestic, commercial, industrial and public buildings
  • constructing ornamental panels, arches and columns

Practical workshops provide for the development of hand skills in a simulated model of the workplace.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

You will study in classrooms for theory knowledge content and when developing your technical skills youll study in a workshop equipped with industry standard tools and materials.

This qualification is in a high demand skill shortage area of building construction and maintenance.

Population growth will see the employment outlook for skilled bricklayers remain buoyant, with any slowing in the residential construction sector offset by opportunities in major government infrastructure projects.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed

This course is superseded

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