Becoming an Apprentice – WA

Bricklaying Apprenticeships (WA)

If you’re interested in becoming a bricklaying apprentice in WA, an apprenticeship in Bricklaying / Blocklaying or Bricklaying (Housing) is what you need.

Apprentice bricklayers are able to carry out their WA apprenticeships in the following ways:

Option 1

2 Year Apprenticeship (WA)

Cert III in Bricklaying (Housing) – (WA only – Course Code 51525)

Nominal time – 760 hours or 2 years

Modules Taught include 18 core units and 4 electives of your choosing. Electives should be chosen in consultation with the employer to ensure the qualification is appropriate to the workplace and provides opportunities to further training pathways.

Download the subject list for the Certificate 111 in Bricklaying (Housing), in two parts:

Certificate III in Bricklaying (Housing) Part 1 Core Units
Certificate III in Bricklaying (Housing) Part 2 Elective Units

Option 2

3 Year Apprenticeship (WA)

  • Cert III General Construction (Bricklaying/Blocklaying) Course Code CPC30108
  • Nominal Time – 760 hours or 3 years

Modules taught include 21 core units and 6 electives of your choosing. Core competency units can’t be substituted, but one elective can be subsitituted from a relevant competency unit from another qualification within the General Construction Training Package or from another endorsed Training Package.

Download the subject list in the Certificate III (Bricklaying/Blocklaying) CPC30108.

Option 3

Pre-Apprenticeship Course Certificate II General Construction (Pre-Apprenticeship Bricklaying)

  • Nominal Time – 600 hours or 15 weeks

Download: WA Pre-app Course Infomation

Option 4

Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools

VET is where Schools allow secondary school students to complete part or all of a nationally recognized vocational qualification while still studying towards their secondary graduation. Students can study VET as well as regular school subjects – either at a TAFE WA college or at their own school.

They can also get a head start on an apprenticeship or traineeship by becoming involved in School Apprenticeship Link, or a School Based Traineeship (See below). More information can be found at Most schools are involved in some sort of VET in Schools. Speak to the VET coordinator at your school to find out more and Download a list of schools offering VET.

Different kinds of VET at School

There are a number of different kinds of VET that you can get involved in while still at school.

  • VET as part of the WA Certificate of Education (WACE):

Secondary school students can simultaneously study towards completion of Curriculum Council Courses of Study as well as VET Units of Competence. This can be structured in a variety of ways, including VET incorporated into a Course of Study, and VET undertaken instead of a Course of Study.

  • School Apprenticeship Link (SAL):

SAL provides students enrolled in the Certificate (described above as WACE) at a secondary school to get a taste of what work is all about.

  • School Based Apprenticeships:

Enrolling in a School Based Apprenticeship allows students enrolled in the WACE at a secondary school to begin a training program where they learn and get paid at the same time, while remaining at school.

  • Structured Workplace Learning (SWL):

This is a Curriculum Council subject and generally involves students attending a work experience placement. Many VET in Schools programs incorporate workplace learning. For further information on SWL, visit the Curriculum Council website.

For more information on becoming a WA apprentice bricklayer contact ABBTF.

Or to find out where you can receive training for bricklaying apprenticeships in Western Australia click apprenticeship training WA.

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