Welcome to BrickCertification.com!

Today, a lot of people are turning to self-employment and adventuring into certifications instead of the heavily time consuming and insanely costly college tuition required for a job they might not even enjoy! Learning a trade, such as bricklaying or masonry, is very rewarding and can get you out of your workday slumps that might be bringing you down.

Bricklaying is a time honored trade which has been around for 5,000 years, meaning there is always a need for this career. Much like the tale of Paul Bunyan, there are some things even machines are incapable of. For less than $100 USD (for digital download) anyone can become certified to become a bricklaying apprentice or Masonry Master, a small investment for the betterment of your future! We offer individual lessons on squaring up all the way up to Master Mason Courses you can download directly to your computer or tablet (or receive a mailed DVD) and start learning today! If Charlie Cummins’ courses aren’t enough for you (or you want to take baby steps before purchasing the course) he has a book entitled The Secret of Squaring Up Buildings for the low cost of $2.99 for a digital copy from Amazon.
Founder Charlie Cummins has been working as a certified mason/bricklayer/masonry teacher since 1975. After leaving the unions he began working throughout much of the US as well as Guam and Vietnam. Charlie is the ideal teacher for masonry because of his utter dedication to the trade (he even wishes to die while working at the young age of 130). His passion is contagious and after you start learning from him you will wish you knew about this sooner. He is even willing to answer your questions about any aspect of masonry and bricklaying on the website.
The Apprentice Course is designed for those seeking masonry as a casual interest or for home improvement purposes. The Master Mason Course includes Charlie’s book as well as our money back satisfaction (and employment) guarantee.With certification from BrickCertification.com, you will be ready to start your own business, or we will guarantee you will find work with other companies. No matter your age, gender, location, or work history, you can become a skilled mason.
Make your schedule, make your hours, charge rates you deem fit, and be your own boss, or gain employment from other respected masons. It’s time for you to earn a better living doing something you will love and that will never be outsourced or considered obsolete. People underestimate trades until they see the care and hard work people like masons put in for beautiful and lasting products. There’s a reason most of the houses that are centuries old and still standing are brick or stone. Be part of the beautification and Resurrection of this wonderful trade.

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How to become a bricklayer in the United States?

This is the the most common question I get asked by anyone who wants to become a bricklayer, block layer, or stone mason. To give the bottom-line, straight-no-BS answer, there are only 3 ways you can get into this Great Trade.

1. Contact a Bricklayers Union in your area if you can find one. Ask if they have a training, apprenticeship program. Then ask what their qualifications are to be accepted. If you can find the above, it will be a 3 or 4 year apprenticeship, and you start at 50% of Journeyman/Master Mason scale.

Now, do not be discouraged when you find out that it is easier to become an Astronaut than to become a Union Bricklayer. The reason I say do not give up, is because the Union Bricklayers lay less than 3% of the brick, block, and stone that is laid in the United States of America.


In order to be accepted as a Journeyman/ Master Mason in any Union, and receive Top Scale on a Union Project, (remember Union Members do less than 3% of the projects in the USA) all you have to know is how to lay brick, block, and stone.

Now I know you are thinking: WHICH COMES FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? Please bear with me, as I am about to tell you the SECRET.

2. Find a Union, or Non Union Contractor who will train you on the job. Sorry to say, this is a more difficult route than going with #1 above. The reason is simple. The Bricklaying/ Masonry Trade is the only trade that I can think of where it is next to impossible to learn as a helper, or apprentice. Let me give you some examples. You can go to work as a carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, sheet rocker, you-name-it (AS A HELPER) and you are pretty much guaranteed to learn the trade within 6 months. You can actually learn those trades by being an apprentice or helper. NOT TRUE WITH A BRICKLAYER. You can be the best mason helper/Hod Carrier in the world, and in 20 years, you will still not be able to lay a brick. It has been this way for thousands of years.

3. Go to www.brickcertification.com, and either take the Home Study hands-on training course in the comfort of your own home, or call me at [link_obfuscate_telephone tel=”602-692-1896″]

and I will train you personally for 80% less than it will cost you to go to a Culinary trade school. I can also set you up to be a Contractor.

Once trained to be a professional bricklayer, your job will never be outsourced. They still can’t build a brick or block building in China and ship it to the USA, and they aren’t likely to.

Once you learn it, you are done! No more schooling required. They have been laying brick the same way for thousands of years, unlike the auto, or computer industry, to name two jobs that require constant schooling just to keep up with the demands of technology.


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How To Become A Bricklayer

The Master Mason Course will turn you in to a brick and block laying machine. It will give you the skills and ability to work anywhere in the world. You will be in demand, and Earn a High Hourly Rate of Pay anywhere you choose to live and work. The Master Mason Course, when YOU are certified, comes with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEED JOB, and is available as a download for PC or Mac, or on a DVD set – it has been perfected through years of experience and used to train thousands around the World.


Follow the instructions on the easy-to-follow lesson plans. Practice each part of the Questionscourse until it flows easily and it looks just like I do it on the DVD. It is extremely important not to jump around! Stick to the lesson plans and you’ll be a success.


QUESTION: How can I learn to lay brick, by watching someone do it on a DVD?


ANSWER: This is a hands-on, home study course. You watch a lesson, then practice doing that lesson until you master it. Then you go to the next lesson, watch it, then practice that lesson until you master it. It works.


QUESTION: How long will it take me to finish this hands-on home study course?


ANSWER: We have certified many people in less than thirty (30) days. You move at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home or surroundings.


QUESTION: How big a space do I need to take this hands-on home study course?


ANSWER: You need an area 5′-0″ (five feet) X 5′-0″ (feet) minimum. I have had students take the course in their basement, garage, carport, back yard, or in a spare room in their house or apartment.


QUESTION: Do you certify everyone who takes the Master Mason Course?


ANSWER: No! A large number of people who take the Master Mason Course do not wish to work for others. They want to be contractors themselves. I have created a separate website to cater to these individuals. I have had many students create planter boxes, repair chimneys, brick in mailboxes, build barbecue pits and fences with only 3 days of hands-on training (see some of our testimonials!). You don’t have to be a Certified Master Mason in order to be the boss of your own contracting company: BE THE BOSS. All you need to know is the basics, have a little business sense, and hire good, certified masons.


QUESTION: When I meet the requirements to become certified, how do you come test me?


ANSWER: Sometimes we send an affiliate to test you, sometimes we send you down to the local job site, certificate in hand. The certification states what you are able to do, and when you present it to the hiring personnel, they will give you a job. If you cannot do what the certificate states you can do, you may well be terminated. But that part is up to you. Practice, practice, practice. Bricklaying is like riding a bike: you either do it often or you’ll never do it at all!


You will learn the proper way to hold a trowel in your hand.


You will learn how to properly spread mud, (mortar) for brick, then block (this is for the bed joint, or the horizontal joints on a brick wall.)


You will learn how to place full head joints on brick, and block (these are the joints that go up and down on a brick wall.)


You will learn how to lay brick, then block to the line


You will learn how to joint (finish) tool your brick and block Wall.


You will learn how to build brick, and block corners with a 4′-0″ level.
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