So, you want to be a bricklayer? Can you:
- Work outside
- Be physically able to do the job, bricklayers are generally fit and strong
- Learn to work to plans and specifications
- Calculate area and volume so that materials can be ordered and plans followed
What do bricklayers do?
- Brick or block construction, including surface preparation.
- Build straight masonry steps and stairs with or without landings.
- Lay segmental or unit paving.
- Lay glass blocks.
- Construct battered masonry surfaces.
- Install prefabricated window or door frames.
- Concreting to simple forms, including installation of formwork, reinforcement and concrete.
Bricklayers are essential in the construction industry and a well qualified brickie is always in demand.
How do I become a brickie?
Firstly, you will need to do some work experience so that you know what the job is about. If you think it’s for you, find an employer that is looking for an apprentice bricklayer You will then become an apprentice and will you will complete a certificate III in Brick and Blocklaying at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Once you have completed the four year apprenticeship, you will be a qualified tradie!
Once you are a tradie in the construction industry, you can continue working for small or large companies and move into leading hand, supervising or management positions. You might even want to start your own business and employ apprentices yourself. Some tradies even go on to further education to complete courses from Certificate IV to bachelor level. There are plenty of options for qualified Bricklayers.