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Masonry: Bricklaying

Code 5803
SectorBuildings and Public Works (07)
Number of credits60
Length of training900 hours
StatusProgram approved in 2005.
Educational organizations offering the program
This program is offered in French: 
5303 - Briquetage-maçonnerie

Program objectives

To acquire the knowledge, ability and attitudes necessary upon entering the workforce to correctly and successfully complete the tasks and activities necessary for the masonry and bricklaying trade, such as sizing, cutting, installing with mortar, cement or other adhesive, as well as finishing joints with the following materials: different types of bricks, stone, blocks, refractory materials, prefabricated architectural cement as well as installing rigid insulation and welding anchors.

Admission conditions

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their vocational training is to begin in a specific program of study, who hold a Training Certificate in a Semiskilled Trade, and who earned the required credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in Secondary Cycle One in general education in the youth sector or in Secondary II in general education in the adult sector
Persons who are 15 years of age or older on June 30 of the school year preceding their admission to a pilot project involving concurrent general education and practical training, who have attained vocational maturity and who have earned their Secondary II credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics. By means of concurrent admission with an integrated schedule, they will continue their vocational training and their general education in the youth sector to complete the Secondary III prerequisites they need to obtain their vocational training diploma. Authorization by the Ministère is required for the concurrent admission of a student in Secondary III to the programs of study.

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Bricklayers (7281)

Job titles


Functional prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific prerequisites
Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
3101-1 3102-2 (3070-3)632-306 -  - --

Program content

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
754-992 To protect health, safety and physical integrity on construction sites 30 2
778-701 To determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 15 1
778-712 Prepare and spread mortars 30 2
778-722 Erect scaffolding 30 2
778-738 Lay blocks and bricks to the line 120 8
778-746 Build corners with blocks and bricks 90 6
778-754 Interpret plans and specifications 60 4
778-766 Build and repair simple blockwork and brickwork 90 6
778-776 Build complex structures with masonry units 90 6
778-783 Make simple welds and cut metals 45 3
778-793 Build and repair structures with precast masonry units 45 3
778-806 Cut and lay natural and artificial stones 90 6
778-812 Build and repair chimneys and stove bases 30 2
778-821 Become familiar with the work and techniques related to refractory materials 15 1
778-838 Adapt to the work environment in masonry and bricklaying 120 8
900 60