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Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying Apprenticeship

Code: CPC33020 CRICOS: 103834A

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3 years full time / available part time


3 years

Next Intake


Next Intake

February, July

This is the apprenticeship version of the course. For the non-apprenticeship, please go here.

Lay the foundation for a great career

Building and construction is a fast-growing industry in Australia, generating over $350 billion in revenue and producing around 8% of Australia’s Gross Domestic Product. There has never been a better time to be a qualified bricklayer or blocklayer, as these skills are always in demand. If you like working outdoors, have good hand-eye coordination and can work neatly and accurately, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying CPC33020 is the perfect course to cement your construction career and fast-track your way to a job on a commercial or domestic worksite.

Learn in a real world setting

This is a practical course that covers all the essential skills and knowledge you’ll need as a bricklayer or blocklayer, including laying bricks and blocks, levelling, general demolition, veneer construction, structural masonry, arch design and construction and fireplace construction. Studying at Melbourne Polytechnic’s cutting-edge Heidelberg campus, you’ll work on full-size projects with real world challenges in Victoria’s most technologically advanced building and construction facilities. Melbourne Polytechnic’s instructors are qualified, industry-experienced practitioners, who will support you with in-depth training and self-paced learning resources. You can also choose the apprenticeship stream and get paid while you learn on site with your employer.

Heidelberg campus Bricklaying practical study environment

From the classroom to the site in no time

This qualification is a widely recognised pathway to a successful career as a bricklayer or blocklayer in Australia’s exciting and fast-growing construction industry. You might work as an employee of a bricklaying subcontractor or building and construction company. Once you’re qualified, you could start your own bricklaying business and set your own schedule working for yourself.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying - Apprenticeship CPC33020 take me?

This qualification is a widely recognised pathway to a successful career as a bricklayer or blocklayer in Australia’s exciting and fast-growing construction industry.

  • Bricklayer
  • Subcontractor
  • Labourer
  • Construction Site Tradesperson

Study Pathways

Successful completion of this course means you can progress in your career by enrolling in the Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) CPC40120 followed by the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) CPC50220.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.


Interactive learning in a face-to-face environment. Classes will be held at a Melbourne Polytechnic campus or partner institute. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Classes run in Blocks approximately every 6 weeks. Monday to Wednesdays 8:00am to 4:30pm

Assessment Methods

Assessment is delivered throughout the course using a combination of theory and practical-based tasks.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCLSC307 Implement a retaining wall project Core 100
CPCCBL2001 Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials Core 16
CPCCBL2002 Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment Core 30
CPCCBL3001 Lay paving Elective 24
CPCCBL3002 Carry out masonry veneer construction Core 60
CPCCBL3003 Carry out cavity brick construction Core 60
CPCCBL3004 Construct masonry steps and stairs Elective 32
CPCCBL3005 Lay masonry walls and corners Core 76
CPCCBL3006 Lay multi-thickness walls and piers Core 60
CPCCBL3009 Install flashings and damp proof course Core 8
CPCCBL3010 Construct masonry arches Core 100
CPCCBL3011 Construct curved walls Core 32
CPCCBL3012 Construct fireplaces and chimneys Elective 48
CPCCBL3013 Construct masonry structural system Core 40
CPCCBL3014 Install fire-rated masonry construction Elective 32
CPCCBL3015 Construct decorative brickwork Elective 70
CPCCBL3016 Construct battered masonry walls and piers Elective 32
CPCCCA3002 Carry out setting out Core 24
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures Core 8
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding Core 40
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights Core 8
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry Core 20
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work Core 20
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication Core 20
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations Core 20
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications Core 36
CPCCPA3002 Lay segmental paving Elective 40
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry Core 20

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $1120 $5600 $24400
Materials fee $15 $15 $15
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1310 $5865 $24665
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

What we will supply
Tools, materials and equipment used during the course - as part of enrolment fees.
What you will need to supply
You will need to supply your own safety equipment, for example: safety glasses, earmuffs, work clothing and boots.


Applicants must be apprenticed to undertake this course. For non-apprenticeship please see here.

Next Steps

Apprenticeships are coordinated via the Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU) where you will provide details of your employer, who will register you with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

The AASN will register your training contract with EPSILON and you will be allocated an EPSILON number. Melbourne Polytechnic will then be able to enrol you into your training program.

If you have any questions about the application procedures for an apprenticeship, please contact the TSU.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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