CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
Saint JohnSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

From ancient wonders of the world to modern buildings and décor, bricklayers have always made their mark on the world. Bricklayers use their keen eye for detail, creativity and specialized knowledge of brick, stone and concrete to construct, extend and repair buildings and other structures such as foundations, walls, chimneys or decorative masonry work. As new structures are built and old ones are given new life, the need for skilled masonry professionals continues to grow.

In our Bricklaying program, you’ll learn techniques for reading blueprints, cutting, mortar, wall building, masonry repair, rigging and scaffolding as well as building codes and quality standards. If you enjoy physical work, being outside and the satisfaction of seeing your work progress from first brick to finished project, enroll today to pursue a rewarding profession that allows you to play a key part in building amazing things that will last for generations.


The requirements for this certificate may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    When you graduate, you’ll be ready to work as an apprentice in residential homebuilding and renovation, institutional and commercial construction or heavy industrial construction. You could find employment with a construction company or a bricklaying or masonry contractor.

    Concrete finishers are also in-demand specialists who smooth, and finish freshly poured concrete, apply curing or surface treatments and install, maintain and restore various masonry structures such as foundations, floors, ceilings, sidewalks, roads, patios and high-rise buildings.

    After apprenticeship and certification, some entrepreneurial bricklayers also pursue self-employment by starting their own businesses.

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    Specific Considerations

    Students registered in this program should be in good physical condition, with the endurance to lift and move heavy objects repeatedly, have good hand-eye coordination and motor skills; and be able to work at heights.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    Bricklayers use wheelbarrows and forklifts to transport materials.  They use hand and power tools to cut and trim masonry units to required size.  Trowels are used to spread mortar to bond layers of masonry units together.  Measuring and layout tools such as a plumb line and level are used to ensure proper alignment.  In this course, students learn how to select, use, clean, maintain, and store all tools and equipment safely.  Considerable discussion is focused on the impact of health and safety requirements on worker safety and the success of a project.

    Bricklayers and stone masons use different sizes, shapes, types and kinds of masonry materials. This course introduces students to modern masonry methods and materials. At the end of this course, students will have a basic understanding of the properties and characteristics of masonry materials and construction processes.

    Mortars, grouts and adhesives hold and structurally support masonry units and accessories. Concrete and grouts are materials containing cementitious materials, aggregate and water, and are used to secure reinforcing within block walls. Mortars, grouts and adhesives are used in every aspect of masonry. Bricklayers must be able to safely handle, prepare and apply these products. In this course, students learn about mortar, grout, concrete, adhesives and their applications. Next, they learn how to mix and apply mortars, concrete and grout. Finally, they learn the proper procedure for applying adhesives. 

    The first step in building a brick or block wall is to construct a solid footing or foundation wall. Good brick and block work starts with a good level foundation. In this course, students learn to setup a wall, setup a line, and lay brick or block to line. Students also learn the importance of joint finishing in line and presentation. Business, health and safety considerations are discussed throughout the course as an important element of a successful project.


    • MSMA1021E

    This course introduces students to various types of walls – specifically common and special leads. Students learn proper procedures and requirements for constructing construction walls using bricks or blocks.


    • MSMA1021E

    Non-load bearing masonry walls include veneer walls, interior partitions and exterior curtain walls. This course covers the proper method of installing these walls using brick and block, and accessories. Safe practices in bricklaying continues to be an important part of the student’s learning.


    • MSMA1022F
    • MSMA1024F

    This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to layout and flash cavity walls, parge walls, and apply adhesives and insulation.


    • MSMA1024F
    • MSMA1022F

    The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The course exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    Students develop the ability to read and interpret basic blueprints as they relate to the bricklayer occupation.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    This course provides students with an understanding of:

    - their responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist;

    - the use of and inspection of the required equipment; and

    - the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

    Note:  This course may be delivered at the discretion of the college.

    NOC Codes

    7282 - Concrete finishers
    7611 - Construction trades helpers and labourers

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