Bricklaying

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.

Bricklaying work includes:

  • 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 work 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).

Qualifications

Complete:

  1. CPC30111/ CPC30108/ BCG30103 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying; or
  2. BCG30698 Certificate III in General Construction (Bricklaying/Blocklaying), TAFE course #8064; or
  3. Qualification 4640 Certificate III in Bricklaying Trade TAFE course #2160; or
  4. Certificate III in Bricklaying Trade TAFE course #5159.

Go to the building licensing courses page to find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualifications listed above.

Previous licence and supervisor certificate holders

If you’ve ever held a licence or supervisor certificate in the current prescribed categories (Home Building Regulation 2014, clauses 13 and 14, excluding clause 13(a)(ii)) that was not subject to restrictions or conditions and you apply for a new licence or supervisor certificate, your previous licence or certificate will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements.

If you’ve held a licence or supervisor certificate in the last five years that was subject to restrictions or conditions in the prescribed categories (Home Building Regulation 2014, clauses 13 and 14, excluding clause 13(a)(ii)), we will assess your application and reissue you a licence or certificate that reflects the scope of work that your licence or certificate covered. This may include some conditions or restrictions.

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