To work as a bricklayer or stonemason, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete an apprenticeship program.
Education after high school
Most bricklayers and stonemasons learn skills through apprenticeship training programs. Union and non-union apprenticeship programs are available. Admission to apprenticeship programs is competitive. To apply for an apprenticeship, you must:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- be in good physical condition.
Apprenticeship programs usually consist of four years of on-the-job training. You are paid for the time you spend on the job. In addition, each year you receive at least 144 hours of classroom training.
To learn about specific apprenticeship opportunities in your area, consult the US Department of Labor State Apprenticeship Information website.
You can also get training at professional-technical schools or two-year colleges. These programs take two to four years to complete.
Some bricklayers and stonemasons learn their skills informally on the job. In this case, you work as a helper and learn skills from an experienced worker. On-the-job training lasts for several years.
Some branches of the military train people to be construction specialists. Training lasts five to eight weeks, depending on your specialty. Further training occurs on the job.
If you receive this type of training in the military, you may earn credit for previous work experience when you enter a civilian apprenticeship program.