Overview

Become an apprentice in a highly sought-after trade with the Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to build all types of structures, or even be your own boss. Upon completion you’ll be able to become a trade-qualified bricklayer in a high-demand occupation.

This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.

  • Nationally recognised training
    Nationally recognised training
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Skills you’ll learn

  • Housing construction
  • General bricklaying

Your career opportunities

  • Qualified bricklayer
  • Bricklaying business

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Admissions

Entry into this program is based on an applicant’s study and/or relevant work history. Some additional criteria may also apply.

Applicants require a minimum of Year 12 completion or equivalent.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant relevant work or volunteer experience are welcome to apply. 

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer is the recognition of academic credits gained through formal study (i.e. units of competency) completed either at another institute or in another qualification. The total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on the unit/s that have been successfully completed. 

Learn more about credit

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of transferring the skills and knowledge that you have acquired over your lifetime (irrespective of how they were obtained) against the requirements of the unit.  

RPL is an assessment process that requires you to provide evidence that demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the unit/s. The amount and types of evidence you will need to provide will depend on the unit requirements.

Learn more about RPL

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

This qualification allows you to become a trade qualified bricklayer at the end of the training contract with your employer. On completion you will be working in a high demand occupation and can also start your own bricklaying business and work for yourself or enrol into the CPC40120 Cert IV in Building and Construction (Building) to further your career to become a registered builder.

20
Core units
+
8
Elective units
=
Certificate III
Indicative nominal course hours: 1060

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1012
Conduct workplace communication
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1014
Carry out measurements and calculations
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1015
Read and interpret plans and specifications
Core unit, 36.0 credit points
CPCCOM2001
Apply basic levelling procedures
Core unit, 8.0 credit points
CPCCCM2006
Carry out setting out
Core unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCCCA3002
Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCCM2008
Work safely at heights
Core unit, 8.0 credit points
CPCCCM2012
Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
Core unit, 16.0 credit points
CPCCBL2001
Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
Core unit, 30.0 credit points
CPCCBL2002
Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCWHS2001
Lay masonry walls and corners
Core unit, 76.0 credit points
CPCCBL3005
Carry out masonry veneer construction
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCCBL3002
Carry out cavity brick construction
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCCBL3003
Lay multi-thickness walls and piers
Core unit, 60.0 credit points
CPCCBL3006
Install flashings and damp proof course
Core unit, 8.0 credit points
CPCCBL3009
Construct masonry structural systems
Core unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCBL3013
Plan and organise work
Core unit, 20.0 credit points
CPCCOM1013
Construct masonry arches
Core unit, 100.0 credit points
CPCCBL3010
Construct curved walls
Core unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCBL3011
Elective units
Lay paving
Elective unit, 24.0 credit points
CPCCBL3001
Carry out basic demolition
Elective unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCCM2009
Construct masonry steps and stairs
Elective unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCBL3004
Install fire-rated masonry construction
Elective unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCBL3014
Construct fireplaces and chimneys
Elective unit, 48.0 credit points
CPCCBL3012
Construct decorative brickwork
Elective unit, 70.0 credit points
CPCCBL3015
Construct battered masonry walls and piers
Elective unit, 32.0 credit points
CPCCBL3016
Undertake the heritage restoration process
Elective unit, 40.0 credit points
CPCCST4002

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)

$13,310

Skills first government-subsidised place* ($AUD)

$3,520

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

Skills first government-subsidised place

To qualify for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. The course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

Learn more about Skills first government subsidies

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Concessions rates for vocational students

If you’re enrolling in a Certificate IV-level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid concession card, you may be eligible for a concession of 80 per cent off the published fee of your unit(s) tuition – which means you’ll only be charged 20 per cent of the published fee.

Learn more about concession rates

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Learn more about scholarships

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Apply for apprenticeship or traineeship

Before enrolling in one of our courses, you’ll need to find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Your employer will need to register you through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) by calling 1800 639 629 or going to the Australian Apprenticeship Centre website.

If you need help with your CV, or finding the right employer, our team is here to help. You can contact them at the Swinburne Skills & Jobs Centre.

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