CPC33020 - Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying

Brick and blocklaying apprentices will build our future and deserve training from the experts. CQUniversity provides apprentices with the abilities required to efficiently produce quality work.


Mixed Mode


This course is for apprentices only.



28 units


Occupational titles could include: Bricklayer Blocklayer Paver.

This qualification reflects the trade qualified role of a bricklayer, blocklayer or paver who may have responsibility for undertaking heritage bricklaying, refractory bricklaying, bricklaying, blocklaying and paving work in residential, industrial and commercial contexts, in both existing and new constructions.

Resources will be required upon commencement of training. Find out more.

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Standard Course Structure


The nominal duration of the bricklaying apprenticeship is considered to be 48 months, however the expected duration is 42 months.

To achieve a reasonable rate of progression and completion within the expected duration (42 months) it is anticipated an apprentice would achieve 25% of all competencies required for the qualification within every 10.5 month period of the apprenticeship.

Ultimately the rate of progression of an apprentice will depend largely on the following factors:

1. Time spent by the apprentice being trained on-site in actual bricklaying tasks (i.e., not just labouring)

2. Employers range of work

3. Apprentice (individual) natural ability learning/mastering the skills required

To a lesser extent the time spent completing face-2-face training in an off-site simulated environment will also be relevant – but this is mainly related to learning practical skills and building knowledge regarding construction techniques that the apprentice is not readily exposed to on-site. For example, masonry arches are rarely used in modern building design, and therefore construction techniques and related skills will be developed and taught pre-dominantly during off-site, face-2-face training.

CPCCCA3002Carry out setting out
CPCCOM1012Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1013Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1014Conduct workplace communication
CPCCOM1015Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCOM2001Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCCM2006Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCCM2008Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
CPCCCM2012Work safely at heights
CPCCBL3005Lay masonry walls and corners
CPCCBL3002Carry out masonry veneer construction
CPCCBL3003Carry out cavity brick construction
CPCCBL2001Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
CPCCBL2002Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
CPCCBL3009Install flashings and damp proof course
CPCCBL3006Lay multi-thickness walls and piers
CPCCBL3010Construct masonry arches
CPCCBL3011Construct curved walls
CPCCBL3013Construct masonry structural systems
CPCCWHS2001Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCBL3014Install fire-rated masonry construction
CPCCBL3001Lay paving
CPCCCM2007Use explosive power tools
CPCCBL3004Construct masonry steps and stairs
CPCCBL3012Construct fireplaces and chimneys
CPCCBL3015Construct decorative brickwork
CPCCCO2013Carry out concreting to simple forms
CPCCSF2004Place and fix reinforcement materials
CPCCCM2009Carry out basic demolition
No information available at this time.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

There are no other specific entry requirements for this qualification, however a strong grasp of basic Mathematics is very beneficial to grasping the Course content.

Completion of the general construction induction training program, specified in the Safe Work Australia model Code of Practice: Construction Work, is required by anyone carrying out construction work. Achievement of CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry meets this requirement.

Occupational titles could include:

  • Bricklayer
  • Blocklayer
  • Paver.
Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$21,504.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit$768.00 (2023)

Please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence an eligible new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 25. Find out more.

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