Become a Bricklayer – FAQ’s
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How will I know if I’m suited to a Bricklaying career?

Bricklayers who really love their work are creative people, naturally very hands-on, who enjoy physical work and the challenge of a new project.  They enjoy being part of a small team with well-defined objectives and timeframes in which to complete a project.  If this sounds like you, read more about what makes a good bricklayer HERE

What other personal traits are best suited to Bricklaying as an Apprenticeship?

If you like creating things, you’ll love bricklaying.  Bricklaying is the process of creating something – whether it’s a house, a community building, a bridge or an outdoor pizza oven.  There is a huge sense of achievement because you quickly see the results of your work.  Unlike other Trades such as plumbing, electrical fitting or auto mechanics, where it is not as easy to see the work in the finished product, bricklayers have living proof of their creation.  There’s a real sense of accomplishment when you can say I built that!’ 

Is Bricklaying a recognised trade qualifiction and able to open doors in my future career?

A Bricklaying Apprenticeship is an Australian national qualification, recognised in all States and in all facets of building and construction.  It is a gateway to advancing your skills and qualifications in many areas of the Building and Construction industry.  The most direct opportunity is to become a bricklaying business owner in your own right, employing other bricklayers and apprentices.  Another direct career move is to advance to becoming a builder of residential or commercial properties.  There are many great success stories that began with a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.

Is Bricklaying a secure future career to  choose?

There has always been a shortage of qualified Bricklayers in Australia.  Australia’s rate of economic growth, population growth and new house construction has been consistently strong.  So despite occasional slow-downs in demand in individual states, there is always a need for new bricklayers with good qualifications.

What is the earliest age I can start a Bricklaying Apprenticeship?

As part of the VCAL or VET course, you can commence a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.  At that year level you will undertake a combination of structured training, at school and practical work experience with a bricklayer who employs apprentices.  For the duration of your Apprenticeship you undertake practical work experience and about once a week or in monthly blocks when you will travel to your closest Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or TAFE College for formal training in a classroom setting with other Apprentice Bricklayers from around the area.

How do I get started?

The easiest way is to give the ABBTF a call on the free national phone line 1300 66 44 96.  You’ll also find a Contact Form for all State offices at the Become a Bricklayer Website  if you would like to submit your details including that you are interested in speaking to someone regarding a Bricklaying Apprenticeship, and they will be in touch with you.


Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 66 44 96