OFO No: 641301

Other names for Stonemason:

  • Construction Stonemason
  • Headstone Maker
  • Marble Mason
  • Masonry Carver / Cutter / Setter Monumental
  • Masonry Fixer
  • Monument Installer
  • Monumental Mason / Stonemason
  • Stone Masonry Setter
  • Terrazzo Worker


Youtube clip – Watching a Stonemason Apprentice

For training options in South Africa – scroll down


What is a Stonemason?

A Stonemason is an artisan who specializes in working with stone.

Masonry includes everything from carving headstones to creating finishes on buildings.

Stonemasons use tools such as hammers, chisels, trowels, mallets, wedges and brushes. They generally work with helpers who carry the stones.

A Stonemason is someone who has a love for working with natural resources such as stone and bricks. If you think of yourself as someone who is creative with your hands, then stonemasonry might be the career for you!

What does a Stonemason do?

  • discusses with client their requirements
  • collects and sources stone
  • designs & does technical drawings
  • sculpts the stone with hammer and chisels
  • polishes stone where required
  • repairis stone products – such as vandalised gravestones

Are you … ?

  • interested in working with stone?
  • creative?
  • a person who loves working with their hands?
  • strong? You need to be able to lift large stones.
  • practical?

How do I become a Stonemason?

You can choose one of these career pathways:


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college with practical training under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Refractories Installer (Site Assitance) Level 2
  • Learnership – Refractories Mason (Functional) Level 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Refractories Installer (Transport) Level 2
  • Learnership – Refractories Mason (Supervisory) Level 3
  • Learnership – Refractories Mason Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • National Certificate (Engineering Studies) N1, N2 and N3
  • 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 Stonemason  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 CAREER OPTIONS TO CONSIDER:  Bricklayer … or …  Plumber

Is becoming a Stonemason the right career choice for me?