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Length: 3 periods Credential: Apprenticeship Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Overview

Learn to prepare and lay brick and other masonry units to construct and repair structures such as walls, partitions, patios, arches, fireplaces and chimneys.

If you take pride in precise work, being creative and working on a team, you will enjoy a career as a bricklayer.

As a bricklayer, your duties will include preparing and laying brick and other masonry units to construct and repair structures such as walls, partitions, patios, arches, fireplaces and chimneys.

You will work with masonry materials such as brick, concrete block, stone, structural tile and precast panels. You'll also lay or install fire brick or castable materials in commercial and industrial vessels, as well as acid tile and acid brick.

As a bricklayer, you will often:

  • interpret drawings and blueprints and calculate the materials required
  • measure from an established starting point and construct corners first, using a plumb line and mason’s level to ensure each layer will be level from corner to corner
  • spread mortar over the base or previous layer, spread more mortar on one end of each brick to be laid and lay the bricks into position
  • remove excess mortar after the brick (or other masonry material) is in position
  • use a hammer and chisel or masonry saw to cut bricks to fit, as required

At the end of the training, you will know the properties of various mortars and other bonding materials, and how to handle different types of masonry units.

This is a non-compulsory trade – individuals can work in the trade without certification if the employer deems the individual to have the skills of a journeyperson. However, individuals who are working in the trade and learning the trade must become a registered apprentice.

Is this the right fit for me?

To be successful in their trade, bricklayers must have:

  • the ability to use proper lifting techniques to work with heavy tools and materials weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • manual dexterity and a good sense of balance
  • the ability to get along well with co-workers
  • an eye for colour, line and proportion
  • a dedication to safety.

Credentials

Upon successfully completing the required working hours and technical training periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Bricklayer is a Red Seal Endorsed trade – a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.

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Career opportunities

Start your career by finding an employer who is willing to indenture you as an apprentice.

Bricklayers usually work outdoors, often on scaffolding. The work is physically demanding and some travel may be required to get the various work sites. Bricklayers can work in residential or industrial settings, which may include confined spaces or work at some heights.

After becoming a journeyperson, you may advance to supervisory positions or take on new apprentices. Some bricklayers move into an estimator or inspector within a company. Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.

$30 - $42
Average hourly wage
3
Periods of training

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $1,168.72
Year 2: $1,168.72
Year 3: $1,168.72


*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

The program requirements are set by Apprenticeship and Industry Training.  

When can you apply?

Registration for the 2021/2022 academic year opens on May 25, 2021.

Admission and completion

To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.

Entrance Requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

Minimum requirements

Successful completion of the following courses:

  • English 10-2
  • Math 10-3

OR

  • A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests.

OR

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam


Recommended path

Apprentices with an Alberta High School diploma that includes the following courses:

  • English 30-2
  • Math 30-3
  • Physics 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Science 20
  • Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses

How to register

Registration for technical training is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
1.800.248.4823
tradesecrets.alberta.ca

Suite 200 Willow Park Centre   
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE 
Calgary, AB

After you register

Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Training

The term of apprenticeship for a bricklayer is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1600 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of technical training each year.

Training outline

Technical Training Performance

To be successful in technical training, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each Trade Qualification Exam and the Interprovincial Qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.

Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training procedures

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

Period Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees 2021/22 total
1 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
2 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72
3 $899 $197.80 $71.92 $1,168.72

SAIT fees

Student support fee: $37.50
Student technology fee: $37.50
Campus recreation fee: $45.80
Lab & Material fee: $77

Books and supplies*

  • Books or modules along with other items for classes average out to $600 per period.
  • It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
  • Personal Protective Equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Learn more about paying for your apprenticeship

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.info@sait.ca

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