How to become a bricklayer?
If you are interested in learning how to become a bricklayer in Australia then we recommend following these steps:
- Attend a work ready course: these free courses are run by ABBTF and local trade TAFES. They are designed to give you a ‘taste’ of bricklaying before committing to a 3-4 year apprenticeship and usually run for 3-5 days.
- Find an Employer: once you have completed the work ready course, ABBTF will help place you with an employer who is willing to take on an apprentice.
- Enrole with an RTO: your on-site training will be provided by a TAFE or registered training organisation.
- Work Hard: You’ll spend the next 3-4 years training as an apprentice with your employer. When you complete your apprenticeship you’ll be a qualified bricklayer.
We’ve listed more information about your bricklaying apprenticeship and how to become a bricklayer below. You can also find information about upcoming Work Ready Programs here. If you’d like more information about the process of becoming a qualified bricklayer, please get in touch with Become a Bricklayer on 1300 30 44 77.
How an apprenticeship in bricklaying works
There are two parts to an apprenticeship in bricklaying, the onsite training provided by the employer and offsite training provided by the TAFE or other registered training organisation (RTO).
Before commencing apprenticeship training, applicants must first be registered as an apprentice with an employer prepared to employ them for the period of the apprenticeship – three years or in some states, four. Most apprentices find their future employer by visiting work sites or asking around their local community.
ABBTF can also assist you in finding a suitable employer, so please Contact Us.
The bricklaying course is a Certificate III level. For approximately four to seven weeks spread throughout the year, apprentices attend a TAFE or RTO in their vicinity. There are many training sites across the country, visit your State (links to your start are in the top menu) on this website, for these locations or use our TAFE/RTO locator tool.
If you live in a remote area and cannot travel to undertake off-site training, it is possible to make other arrangements and have an assessor visit the work site.
Enquire with your State ABBTF office.
Most TAFE’s also offer Certificate II Pre-Apprenticeship training courses that help students decide which trade is right for them but these are full time and are strictly pre-employment undertaken at the choice of the student .
Studies completed in this course provide credits against units in CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying Apprenticeship.
ABBTF also run free ‘work ready programs’ in most states, where anyone who is considering an apprenticeship in bricklaying can come and learn about the trade while getting a taste of what bricklaying is about, prior to committing to a full-time apprenticeship. The programs usually run for 3-5 days and take place as TAFES and RTOs throughout the country.