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 Polytechnic.
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:
- 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
- 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.
You'll learn in our multi-million dollar trades facilities at our Sunshine Campus.
Our ‘Construction Futures’ hub is a sustainable training facility with a six-star Green rating. It provides modern high-tech labs and dynamic workshops including:
- concrete laboratory
- survey laboratory
- engine laboratory
- soldering/construction laboratories
- power systems laboratory
- computer workstations with simulation and modelling software.
Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You’ll learn practical skills at our Construction Hub, giving you the chance to test out your theoretical knowledge. Learning a trade with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.
You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:
- site visits
- industry projects
- live work
- industry endorsed workshops
- industry simulation.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.
Careers in construction
Construction is a large employing industry and trade workers are vital to Construction.
According to Labour Market Insights, part-time jobs are rare and there is opportunity for young people with training and experience to pursue management jobs when they are older.
The Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying CPC33020 provides you with the skills and knowledge to prepare you for careers including:
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.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
Electives - Group A - Traditional and heritage bricklaying - No electives chosen
Electives - Group B Refractory Bricklaying
Electives - Group C - Paving - No electives chosen
Available for Credit Transfer only
Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers
Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), and must be approved by VU Polytechnic.
This qualification provides a trade outcome in Bricklaying and Blocklaying in both housing and commercial construction.
Occupational titles may include:
• Bricklayers who lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete blocks and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures
• Blocklayers who lay concrete blocks and other types of building blocks, bricks and pre-cut stone in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Admission & pathways
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.
If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
In order to enter this course at VU Polytechnic, students must be employed as a full time apprentice. They must have a training contract with their employer. This contract must be registered with the VRQA, and the apprentice must have been issued with an Epsilon number.As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.
You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.
Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.
How to apply
Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
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