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Bricklaying Masonry

Bricklaying Masonry

Learn to safely construct decorative and non-loadbearing walls using a variety of tools and equipment.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
22 Weeks
College Certificate
$7,525 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Aviation Institute • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


If you're detail-oriented, a self-starter, creative and enjoy hands-on work, this program is for you.

Bricklayers prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other masonry units to construct, erect and repair structures such as walls, partitions, patios, arches, paving, fireplaces, smokestacks and chimneys. They also lay fire brick and other refractory materials used in the construction of industrial furnaces, retorts and boilers.

Learn how to safely construct decorative and non-load-bearing walls using a variety of tools and equipment.

This program is located at NSCC's Aviation Institute (Dartmouth Gate) and is part of Ivany Campus.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduate Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Forklift Operations
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Graduates are employed with both union and non-union companies. Graduates are working steadily in the industry as apprentice bricklayers.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Other info

  • This program is not offered at regular NSCC tuition.
  • Students must arrange their own industry practical experience with an approved masonry bricklaying company.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Bricklayer is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Bricklayer trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • This work requires a sense of balance, an eye for line and proportion and the ability to work with precision. You should be in excellent physical condition, coordinated and comfortable working from heights. The ability to follow instructions and cooperate with others is important. A good imagination and creative ability are also assets in this trade.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BLYR 1002   Hand/Power Tools
BLYR 1004   Anchors, Ties and Joint Reinforcement
BLYR 1006   Clay and Concrete Masonry Units
BLYR 1010   Laying Block to Line
BLYR 1210   Major Project
BLYR 1232   Construction Documents and Estimating
BLYR 1233   Construction Safety
BLYR 1234   Laying Brick to Line 1
BLYR 1235   Laying Brick to Line II
BLYR 1236   Wall Systems
BLYR 1237   Trade Communication
BLYR 7000   Mortars, Grouting and Parging
BLYR 7011   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1037   Scaffolding Awareness
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

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