Bricklaying Apprenticeship

CPC33020 – Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying

Kickstart your career as a bricklayer with a paid apprenticeship

Bricklayers have an in-demand skill set for both residential and commercial builds. It allows for creative expression in the design and construction of structures. Bricklayers can use different types of bricks, colours, and patterns to create unique and visually appealing structures

In your role as a bricklayer, you’ll be expected to lay building blocks, bricks and pre-cut stone in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.

Bricklaying is a physically demanding trade that involves lifting, bending, and working in different positions. This can be a benefit for those who enjoy physical activity and want to stay active in their careers.

Completion Time

  • 4 years

      Registration Criteria

      • Sound literacy and numeracy skills
      • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid visa that allows you to work in Australia.
      • At least 15 years old
      • Construction White Card – this can be obtained online prior to the commencement of your apprenticeship


      • Manual drivers license and own transport
      • Participation in the Trade Taster program and relevant work experience is also highly desirable


      Career Outcomes

      • Qualified bricklayer/blocklayer
      • Paver
      • Self-employed contractor
      • Site supervisor
      • Specialised bricklayer – as a qualified bricklayer, you can choose to specialise in a particular area of bricklaying, such as heritage restoration, brick paving, or brickwork design. This can allow you to differentiate yourself from other bricklayers and potentially command higher rates of pay.
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      Earn while you learn with East Coast Apprenticeships

      East Coast Apprenticeships combines both theory and practical on-site skills learning. Our approach is to directly employ potential apprentices such as yourself by placing you with ‘Host Employers’ which are usually local, small to medium sized businesses. You will work and train under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson upon placement with a Host Employer.

      When you commence employment with us, you will be officially signed up to a bricklaying apprenticeship with a Training Contract which is nationally recognised.

      Whilst you are working on-site, you will earn an hourly wage. Your wages will depend on several factors, such as your age and your level of education. Your wages may increase with each completed year of your apprenticeship.

      In addition to your paid practical work, you will need to attend classroom lessons for 1 or 2 week periods 2-3 times throughout the year. These lessons will take place at one of our recommended/approved Supervising Registered Training Organisations (SRTOs). SRTOs can include TAFE colleges and institutes, adult and community education providers as well as other relevant industry organisations. This will all be arranged with you by East Coast Apprenticeships.

      Successfully passing these theory modules is necessary to obtaining your apprenticeship qualification.

      What skills does it take to successfully complete a bricklaying apprenticeship?

      • Physical fitness – bricklaying is a physically demanding trade that involves lifting and carrying heavy loads, working at heights, and standing for long periods. As such, you should be physically fit and able to meet the physical demands of the job.
      • Safety awareness
      • Enjoy working with your hands
      • Enjoy working outside
      • Comfortable working at heights
      • Excel at working as part of a team
      • Can carry out measurements and calculations
      • Can read and interpret plans and specifications


      What are the costs of enrolling?

      There are no costs involved in being employed as an East Coast apprentice – instead you get paid for your on-site work.

      Student fees may apply for the enrolment in the necessary theory modules and to attend classes at your designated SRTO. However, upon successful completion of these modules, you will be fully reimbursed for all fees. Financial help/loans are available for you to be able to purchase any necessary tools and equipment required to complete on-site work.

      Click to learn more about the Australian Apprentice Training Support Payment.


      Units of Competency for a Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying

      This qualification is made up of 28 Units of Competency comprised of the following: 

      • 20 core units 
      • 8 elective units 

      Click here to view the elective and core Units of Competency.

      How do I apply for a Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying?

      To apply for an exciting career as a bricklayer and to start earning while you learn, visit the Apply Now page.

      Applying online is mobile friendly but you will need to submit a resume. If you don’t have access to your resume on your mobile at the time of application, please upload it later to your profile.

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      Why should you choose East Coast Apprenticeships?

      East Coast Apprenticeships is a community-based, not for profit organisation which has been in operation since 1988. We take pride in our workmanship and strive for a reputation of integrity and providing the highest level of guidance and support to all our apprentices and trainees.

      Our Point of Difference:

      As one of Queensland’s largest Group Training Organisations we are more likely to be able to rotate you to different employers to either keep you working in your trade or provide you greater exposure to the full scope of the trade as well as develop a wider set of skills by learning from different tradesmen. Throughout your apprenticeship you will also establish a number of contacts within the industry to enhance your prospects within the sector upon completion of your apprenticeship. 

      Pastoral Care:

      Finally, as a Group Training Organisation, East Coast Apprenticeships offers a unique service of “Pastoral Care” to apprentices and trainees. The value of Pastoral Care offered to students is that they are nurtured and supported by experienced Field Officers who foster encouragement, a positive influence, improved decision-making skills and increased self-esteem by ensuring each apprentice is making strong progress within their apprenticeship and supporting them through any challenges.

      Click here to read more about our Pastoral Care policy.

      East Coast offices providing management / support are located at: 

      • Brisbane North (Strathpine)
      • Brisbane South (Upper Mount Gravatt)
      • Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
      • Bundaberg
      • Hervey Bay
      What are the differences between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

      Talk to the team at East Coast Apprenticeships.

      Do you have some questions about whether a Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying is right for you, or how our paid apprenticeships work? Simply fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you.

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