• CPC30111
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Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying

At a glance

At a glance

Progress your career in the construction industry with TAFE Queensland. This course is for international students or apprentices working towards recognition as a qualified bricklayer or blocklayer.

  • Bricklayer and Blocklayer

CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying

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Course overview

Course overview

Progress your bricklaying/blocklaying career by completing this apprenticeship qualification with TAFE Queensland. Become a qualified tradesperson in bricklaying or blocklaying.

As the construction industry becomes more specialised, shortages of bricklayers/blocklayers are emerging. Workers in this area are likely to be in demand with up to 25,000 job openings expected in the next five years.

In this course you will apply the skills you have learned at work and continue to develop your ability to work with building materials to build veneer or full brick constructions. You will work with clay, concrete, masonry and other building materials to create walls, partitions, arches, steps, stairs and other brick or block constructions. You'll learn how to build curved structures and create ornamental brickwork.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 6 elective units from the list below.

International Students Only
You will also be required to undertake 240 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
Carry out masonry veneer construction
Carry out cavity brick construction
Construct masonry steps and stairs
Lay masonry walls and corners
Lay multi-thickness walls and piers
Install flashings and damp proof course
Construct masonry arches
Construct curved walls
Install fire-rated masonry construction
Carry out setting out
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Plan and organise work
Conduct workplace communication
Carry out measurements and calculations
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Apply basic levelling procedures
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Carry out basic demolition
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

Construct masonry structural systems
Install aerated autoclaved concrete products
Lay paving
Use explosive power tools
Work safely at heights
Carry out concreting to simple forms
Place and fix reinforcement materials
Construct fireplaces and chimneys
Construct decorative brickwork
Construct battered masonry walls and piers

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees. The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE Queensland training.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students. Western Union allows you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Selection criteria

Domestic Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic Students:

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.


International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs. For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.


Some qualifications require students to participate in vocational placement to successfully complete and achieve their TAFE Queensland award. If vocational placement is a course requirement it will be organised by your School/Faculty and you will be provided with all the information you need to prepare. Remember you are responsible for ensuring you have met all the requirements to participate in vocational placement.

International Students Only
CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying -  has up to 240 hours per year of work placement mandatory for international students. TAFE Queensland will assist students in finding host employers.


During these placements, you may become familiar with information that is confidential to that workplace (for example financial or business affairs, personal affairs and family background of staff and clients, technical information, trade secrets, know-how, formulae, processes, ideas, and inventions). You must not divulge any confidential information that you become aware of during a placement. Breaches of confidentiality will be considered to be acts of behavioural misconduct and may result in disciplinary action.

Resources required

Domestic students

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of safety glasses, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, long leather gloves to AS2161, hair protection, and disposable dust masks. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard clothing. If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are also required to have access to and bring personal stationery, a USB, a calculator, and tools/equipment including a folding metre ruler (carpenter) and a 5m tape measure.

International students

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.

The following resources are included in your course fees:

Personal protective equipment:

  • Safety glasses (or clip-ons where prescription glasses are normally worn) (AS 1336 or 1337)
  • Ear protection - ear muffs or ear plugs (AS 1269 or 1270)
  • Protective footwear - steel capped boots (AS 2210)
  • Hair protection - peak cap with a snood capable of fully containing the person's hair
  • Protective clothing - neat casual clothing (shirt & pants)

There are additional costs associated with this course that are not included in your tuition fees. Please refer to Additional Costs for more details

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland