Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying

National Code: CPC33020
TAFE SA Code: TP01283


Build your career as a bricklayer, blocklayer, or paver with this comprehensive trade course for apprentices. Develop your hands-on skills in all aspects of the trade including laying bricks and blocks using different bonds, building fire brick walls, and how to construct ornamental panels, feature walls, arches and columns. Learn about plans and specifications, planning and organising jobs, and working safely and sustainably. You’ll be job-ready to work on domestic, commercial, industrial, and public buildings with this nationally recognised trade qualification from TAFE SA.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
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Total Fees for the 48 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Bricklayer, Blocklayer.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying (CPC33020)
    This course will provide you with the skills to read and interpret plans and specifications, apply basic levelling procedures, carry out measurements and calculations, handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials, and use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment. 20 core units plus 8 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply Basic Levelling Procedures 8
    Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry 20
    Carry out cavity brick construction 60
    Carry out masonry veneer construction 60
    Carry out measurements and calculations 20
    Carry out setting out 24
    Conduct workplace communication 20
    Construct curved walls 32
    Construct masonry arches 100
    Construct masonry structural systems 40
    Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding 40
    Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials 16
    Install flashings and damp proof course 8
    Lay masonry walls and corners 76
    Lay multi-thickness walls and piers 60
    Plan and organise work 20
    Read and interpret plans and specifications 36
    Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment 30
    Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry 20
    Work safely at heights 8


    Name Nominal Hours
    Carry out concreting to simple forms 20
    Carry out tuck pointing and repointing to masonry 12
    Construct decorative brickwork 70
    Construct fireplaces and chimneys 48
    Construct masonry steps and stairs 32
    Cut segmental paving 8
    Lay paving 24
    Prepare subgrade, base and bedding course for segmental paving 16
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