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Masonry and Bricklayer Training Cost


How Much Does Masonry and Bricklayer Training Cost?

 
 average costMasonry Certificate: $1,200-$9,000 

Brickmasons (also called bricklayers), blockmasons and stonemasons may learn from working alongside experienced masons or completing a formal training program at a technical school or vocational college. Formal apprenticeships last 3-4 years and provide extensive training.

Typical costs:

  • A masonry certificate costs $1,200-$9,000 and takes 1-2 years to complete at a technical college or vocational school. Milwaukee Area Technical College costs $4,100 for state residents or $5,800 for non-residents completing the one-year masonry diploma. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College[1] in Shell Lake, WI, offers a one-year masonry certificate program for $4,080. Students may continue on to an apprenticeship after completing a certificate or diploma program. A masonry certificate[2] teaches the basics of bricklaying, reading diagrams and blueprints, stonework and cost estimating.
  • A masonry apprenticeship costs $0-$1,750. For instance, there are masonry apprenticeship programs in Tennessee and Ohio[3] with no costs for the apprentice, who may also earn a partial wage during on-the-job training. The Phoenix Bricklaying & Tilesetting Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee[4] hosts a three-year apprenticeship that costs $1,100 for classroom fees, with apprentices earning[5] 50%-60% of a normal wage their first year and more the second and third years.
  • Licensing and certification for masons costs $50-$150. Virginia licenses masonry workers for $150 for two years. North Carolina's contractor licensing fees are $50-$100 per year, depending on the number of licenses obtained, while Massachusetts[6] charges $150. Voluntary certification from the American Institute of Construction and Constructor Certification Commission[7] costs $155 to apply and up to $535 for the test fee and certification. Passing contractors may use the letters AC or CPC after their titles, and are recognized for setting high ethical standards in the construction industry.
  • The Mason Contractors Association of America[8] is an industry trade group offering voluntary three-year certification for masonry businesses for $600 per company.
Related articles: Becoming a General Contractor, Carpentry Training, Community College

What should be included:
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics[9] masonry or bricklayer training should include hands-on experience in mixing and spreading mortar, laying brick and block or setting stone. Classroom instruction may include blueprint reading, mathematics and design or layout work. A formal apprenticeship program should include a minimum of 144 hours of classroom instruction and 3-4 years of job training. Local unions, contractors or trade groups may sponsor formal apprenticeships in masonry and bricklaying.
Additional costs:
  • A masonry student's additional costs range from a few hundred for tools and uniforms to several thousand for room and board. At the Maine School of Masonry[10] , one year of housing costs $4,000.Hand tools may cost $100-$400 according to Michigan's Department of Labor[11] . Kirkwood Community College[12] in Cedar Rapids, IA, estimates $125-$200 for a student tool kit. The Marshalltown Bricklayer Apprentice Tool Kit[13] costs $120 and includes a canvas tool bag, brick trowels, brick jointer, wood line blocks and line winder.
Discounts:
  • Industry trade groups may offer scholarships to students enrolled in a masonry or bricklaying program. For instance, the Washington Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers[14] and the New York Bricklayers & Allied Craftworks[15] both offer scholarship programs.
Shopping for masonry and bricklayer training:
  • The Mason Contractors Association of America lists accredited training programs[16] in masonry and bricklaying.
  • National Contractors lists masonry or bricklayer license requirements and fees[17] by state.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.witc.edu/financecontent/pdfs/Estimated_Tuition_Fees_Program_Costs.pdf
  2.  education-portal.com/masonry_training.html
  3.  www.bx.org/youth/careerresourceguide.html#bricklayers
  4.  /www.azjobconnection.gov
  5.  www.bricklayingapprenticeship.org/class_wages.html
  6.  www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dps/appl/appl-bbrs-csl-cib-10-03-2011.pdf
  7.  www.professionalconstructor.org/PROFESSIONALCONSTRUCTOR/AboutCCC/GettingCertified/...
  8.  www.masoncontractors.org/certification/
  9.  www.bls.gov/ooh/Construction-and-Extraction/Brickmasons-blockmasons-and-stonemason...
  10.  www.masonryschool.org/certificate.htm
  11.  www.michigan.gov/careers/0,1607,7-170-46398-64403--,00.html
  12.  www.masonryinstituteofiowa.org/KIRKWOOD-C-C-PDF.pdf
  13.  www.toolbarn.com/marshalltown-15901.html
  14.  www.bac1wa.com/?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Scholarships
  15.  www.bac5ny.com
  16.  www.masoncontractors.org/certification/
  17.  www.nationalcontractors.com/hvac.htm
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