Bricklayers build the sturdy and beautiful masonry that has made up our homes and buildings for centuries. They are tradespeople who enjoy the physical challenge of their job, as well as the artistry.

As a Bricklayer, you’ll enjoy working with your hands as you carefully cut and install brick, stone and other materials.  

Your precise and mathematical nature ensures you can make these materials work in many settings. Your physical dexterity keeps you on track, as you manage tasks that range from simple structures to elaborate buildings. You’ll also appreciate the creative side of your work.

What You'll Learn

  • How to read blueprints and calculate required materials 
  • How to cut and trim bricks to specification using hand and power tools 
  • How to prepare and lay bricks and other materials 
  • How to construct and install prefabricated masonry  
  • How to restore and repair existing masonry 

Key Job Skills

  • Critical thinking and coordination 
  • Time management  
  • Physical fitness 
  • Blueprint interpretation 
  • Masonry tools and materials 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 18 weeks over 3 years
Work-Based Training
4860 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$24.00 — $44.38

Program Updates and Practical Assessments Info

Program Updates

Practical Assessment Information

In addition to the written examinations, candidates are required to undertake a practical assessment at each level. Details of the assessment criteria are contained below. 

Please note that there is a fee attached to the practical assessment which is set by the assessment agency and will be approximately $500. 

To book a practical assessment, contact Trowel Trades Association at: Phone: 604-580-2463 Toll Free: 1-844-480-2463

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October 2023: Program Update (IP Exams aligned to 2021 Red Seal Occupational Standards (RSOS)). A Comparative Analysis detailing changes between the 2015 NOA and 2021 RSOS can be found here


Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.