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For licensing purposes, the term bricklaying means the erection of structures by assembly of a number individual masonry units referred to as either a brick or block.

A brick is a solid or perforated masonry unit used for building purposes such as walling or paving. Bricks are generally made in a rectangular prismatic shape of a size that allows them to be picked up with one hand while the other is used to apply mortar with a trowel.

A block is a component made from concrete, clay, gypsum or similar materials for use in the construction of walls or partitions and is usually of a larger size than a brick. Blocks are generally perforated, have hollow cores or are of autoclaved aerated concrete to reduce the handling weight.

Works encompassed by the term bricklaying include:

  • brick fences and associated footings for freestanding brick fences where the footings will not be subject to loads other than the completed brickwork, gates or decorative adornments
  • brick retaining walls that do not require approval under the Local Government Act 1993 (retaining walls requiring such approval are, for licensing purposes, considered to be covered by the class of structural landscaping)
  • flashing associated with bricklaying work
  • concreting works that are minor and ancillary to the performance of bricklaying work

Note: the licensing classes of bricklaying and stonemasonry do not include concreting works that are not minor and ancillary to the performance of bricklaying and stonemasonry work, or concreting that is structural in nature or provides structural support (eg. concrete slabs, concrete footings, etc) except in such cases where footings are placed for the construction of free standing fences or walls that are not subject to loads other than the weight of the components of the fence or wall (eg. does not include concrete footings for dwelling walls, retaining walls, etc).


(1) Completion of CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying


(2) any of the following qualifications:

  • CPC30108 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying or
  • BCG30103 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying or
  • BCG30698 Certificate III in General Construction(Bricklaying/Blocklaying), TAFE course #8064 or
  • Qualification 4640 Certificate III in Bricklaying Trade TAFE course #2160 or
  • Certificate III in Bricklaying Trade TAFE course #5159.

Previous licence holders

If you have ever held a licence in the current prescribed classes (Home Building Regulation 2014, clauses 13 and 14, excluding clause 13(a)(ii)) and you apply for a new licence, your previous licence will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements.

To find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualification listed above, refer to the information on building licensing courses.