Is becoming a brickmason right for me?
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How to become a Brickmason
Brickmason candidates can often find certificate and associate degree programs in masonry. These courses can be taken independently or as part of a student's apprenticeship program. Through classroom and on-the-job training, brickmasons learn to read blueprints, study and learn to adhere to building code requirements, complete several mathematics courses, and learn about job safety and first-aid practices.
To enter an apprenticeship program, a candidate must:
- Be a minimum of 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Physically be able to do the work
To complete the program, apprentice brickmasons must complete a minimum of 144 hours of masonry instruction and 2,000 paid hours of training and employment each year.
Once the apprenticeship program is completed, the apprentice is considered a journeyman and can work without the oversight of a brickmason.