The strong foundation people always talk about? You can build it with bricks and mortar. Hands on, as an apprentice.
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Bricklaying/Masonry Apprenticeship
Program Number: 504081
Your Degree:
Area of Study:
Construction, Manufacturing and Maintenance
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
12 Credits | Finish paid training and class time in 3 years
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  • Program Overview

    Work Description

    Two bricklaying apprenticeship students working on a project.

    Bricklayers build walls and structures using bricks, concrete blocks, and mortar. The work varies in complexity, from laying a simple masonry walkway to installing an ornate exterior on a high-rise building.

    Trade tasks include laying of bricks; pointing, cleaning, waterproofing and cutting of brick walls; fireproofing; construction of arches; setting of stone trimmings; cutting, laying and pointing of ashlar, rubble, etc; laying of artificial stone, glass blocks, terracotta and insolations; cutting, laying and pointing of cement blocks and glazed tiles; and erection of precast panels.

    Working Conditions

    The outdoor work requires prolonged standing, kneeling, squatting, bending and lifting heavy materials weighing 60 to 65 pounds. Physical ability is a very serious consideration, since this is a daily requirement of the job until retirement. Proper safety practices are followed to prevent common hazards with injuries from tools, improper lifting and falls from scaffolds.


    • 3-year training program
    • 4,680 hours of on-the-job training
    • 400 hours of paid related instruction
    • Apprentice must satisfactorily complete Red Cross First Aid and OSHA Safety Training Courses
    • Apprentice must in his/her final year satisfactorily complete the Transition-To-Trainer Course

    Classroom training includes blueprint reading, mathematics, layout work and sketching.

    Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

    Program Details

    Bricklaying/Masonry Apprenticeship classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Commercial Avenue
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    1.5 credits
    0.5 credits
    Second Semester
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Third Semester
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    Sixth Semester
  • Admission

    How to Apply to Bricklaying Apprenticeship

    You must apply directly to the Madison Bricklayer's Joint Apprenticeship Committee (the application does not go through Madison College).

    Follow the application procedure for union bricklaying apprenticeship from the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin. You may also contact:

    Madison Bricklayers Joint Apprenticeship Committee

    1602 S. Park Street

    Madison, WI 53715


    All apprenticeships require an employer sponsor. After meeting the application requirements, you will be responsible for finding an employer to sponsor you as an apprentice before you may begin the program.

    Application Requirements

    • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, or 16 or 17 with parental/guardian consent
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Meet required norms on aptitude test (if required)
    • Physically able to perform trade
    • Valid driver’s license or reliable transportation
  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Bricklaying Apprenticeship graduates are prepared to:  

    • Properly use hand and power tools
    • Lay up plain brickwork, straight wall work and veneers
    • Build arches, piers, columns, corners and quoins
    • Lay up cement block units to include plain/decorative, regular or lightweight in all positions
    • Spread mortar on all positions and in all units, butter, bond, type, anchor and reinforce
    • Lay out all types of block walls: veneer, curtain and load-bearing foundations
    • Read blueprints and specifications
    • Fireproof, including laying up party walls and firewalls, and plugging wall penetrations
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates462
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Contact the School of Technologies and Trades

Madison Truax Campus
Main Building, A2105

1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704


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Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (phone or email only)