CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying

VU course code: CPC33020 | Level of study: TAFE
3 years part time
Face to Face


Develop the skills and knowledge required to work as a bricklayer or blocklayer in the housing and commercial construction industry, with the Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying CPC33020 from Victoria University.

This is a practical course that covers all the essential skills and knowledge you’ll need as a bricklayer, blocklayer or paver.

On completion of this course, you will have gained knowledge and skills in:

  • levelling
  • laying bricks and blocks
  • general demolition
  • veneer construction
  • structural masonry
  • arch design and construction
  • fireplace construction.

You’ll learn how to safely use and maintain of a wide range of tools and equipment used for bricklaying and construction, including:

  • power tools
  • automatic and laser levels
  • cement mixers
  • generators
  • scaffolding
  • conveyor belts.

This course is delivered on campus in a flexible way that suits your work. The delivery is designed to fit in with a modern working environment with online content and workplace simulations.

To be eligible for this course you must be currently working in the industry as a bricklayer apprentice, with access to a live worksite. This course is ideal for bricklaying apprentices primarily employed in the domestic building industry.

NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

The course structure has been chosen from the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
To be awarded the CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-eight (28) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twenty (20) core units, and;
  • eight (8) elective units, of which:

  • the elective units can be selected, once only, from any of the groups listed in qualification CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying.
  • up to two elective units can be selected from any Training Package and or accredited course, as long as they contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and support the AQF level of this qualification.

Electives must be industry relevant as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.


Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.




Construction is a large employing industry and trade workers are vital to Construction.

The Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying CPC33020 provides you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for careers including:

  • bricklayer
  • blocklayer.

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to find the annual employment growth and average salary for bricklayers and blocklayers.

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