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.