OFO No: 641201

Other names for Bricklayer: 

  • Arch Builder
  • Blocklayer
  • Bricklayer (Refractory And/Or Chemical)
  • Bricklayer (Refractory)
  • Bricklayer and Plasterer
  • Bricklaying Contractor
  • Bricklaying Pointer
  • Bricklaying Stopper
  • Chimney Builder
  • Chimney Repairman
  • Kiln Builder
  • Retort Setter (Bricklaying)
  • Tuckpointer

What is a Bricklayer?

Bricklayers are trades people, who work either on their own or as part of a construction team. It’s one of the oldest jobs in the construction industry.

Bricklayers place bricks or blocks on top of each other to create a wall – ‘glueing’ them together with cement (mortar).  They make sure their work is straight, level and plumb.

They are responsible for building the outer and inner walls of buildings. They can repair walls, make partitions, build fireplaces and other brick structures etc. Experienced Bricklayers can also build arches, steps and other more complicated constructions. 

Before starting, a Bricklayer must first read the building plans and work out how he/she will plan the bricklaying schedule. They will then mix mortar (cement) and begin working.

Bricklayers must know which bricks are available and the correct ratios for cement mixtures, depending on the job. They will also need to know how to re-enforce structures with metalwork.

What does a Bricklayer do?

  • meets with the builder and or project manager to discuss the bricklaying requirements
  • reads and follows building plans
  • builds the necessary walls, arches, etc
  • keeps quality checking as work progresses
  • attends meetings
  • packs and stacks bricks
  • mixes the right ratios of mortar

Are you … ?

  • interested in the building industry?
  • good with your hands?
  • practical?
  • able to read and understand building plans?
  • able to measure?
  • reliable?
  • a team player?
  • 16 years or older?
  • healthy and strong?
  • a person who enjoys doing accurate work?

How do I become a Bricklayer?


  • Apprenticeship
  • Trade Test


  • Learnerships: Construction Mason (Facebrick Laying) NQF Level, 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnerships: Construction Mason (Paving) NQF Level, 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate (Engineering Studies) N1, N2 and N3
  • CLICK HERE for list of institutions
  • Workplace experience
  • Trade Test


  • Artisan Internship
  • Trade Test


  • RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for Artisans: CLICK HERE
  • If you have already been working a long time as a Bricklayer without qualifications, you may be able to get your qualification through RPL
  • Trade Test


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 



OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Glazier … or … Rigger

Is becoming a Bricklayer the right career choice for me?