Bricklayer (Mason)

A Mason uses bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and other materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures. They are also responsible for preparing surfaces to be covered and mixing ingredients they'll need like mortar or cement. Preparatory work such as caulking and cleaning and placing damp proofing and masonry flashing is also done by a Mason. Mason is designated as Bricklayer under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Mason do a variety of residential work including restoring damaged brick work, putting up ornamental or retaining walls and constructing brick driveways, patios, chimneys, and glass block walls. As brick-related products have evolved in recent years, Mason have also become involved in laying bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls and fireplaces and other decorative installations. Some Mason construct industrial and commercial buildings although there appears to be a trend towards less structural brick work being done now. They are also involved in heat-related work, installing firebricks to line chimneys, furnaces, kilns and boilers. Prefabricated materials, mortarless bricks, and factory-assembled panelized masonry are trends that have changed the nature of Mason work.The Bricklayers technical training requires all apprentices to complete a practical assessment for each level, as well as a standardized examination for each level. The flow chart below outlines the steps for completing each level.

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION: IN EFFECT STARTING SEPTEMBER 2021 

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

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Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

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Exam Weighting Charts

The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched

 

 

Program Updates:

Harmonized Program Information

  • April 2021: A new Program Outline and Profile will be implemented September 1, 2021. Please see OPSN 2021 002 for details.
  • If you have any questions, contact ITA Customer Service

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 506.66 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.33 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 41.87 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
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  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
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  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
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  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
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