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Introduction to Masonry
 (20 hours)
Introduces the trainee to the historic and current materials and processes used in the masonry trade and covers safety concerns specific to the trade. The uses of brick and concrete block are explained, along with basic techniques for mixing mortar and laying masonry units. Opportunities in the trade are also covered. The trainee will mix mortar and perform basic bricklaying.

Masonry Tools and Equipment (12.5 hours)
Describes the hand and power tools and equipment used in mixing mortar, and in cutting, laying, and finishing masonry units. Explains the safe operation of masonry saws and mortar mixing machines.

Measurements, Drawings, and Specifications (10 hours)
Guides the trainee in using mathematics to calculate distances, areas, and volumes common in masonry work. Describes the information typically found on residential construction drawings and specifications.

Mortar (10 hours)
Explains the types and properties of mortar and the materials used in the mixture, including admixtures. Includes instructions for mixing mortar by hand and machine and describes how to properly store mortar.

Masonry Units and Inspection Techniques (50 hours)
Covers all types of concrete and clay masonry units and their applications. Explains the use of ties and reinforcing materials. The processes used in placing masonry units are covered in detail, including layout and setup, spreading mortar, cutting brick and block, laying to the line, making corners, tooling joints, patching and cleanup.


Residential Plans and Drawing Interpretation
 (12.5 hours)
Covers information the mason will need to work with residential plans and construction drawings and be able to convert that information into action on the job. This includes understanding the organization and format of plans dimensioning and scaling, and estimating materials quantities from information on the plans. 

Residential Masonry (25 hours)
Covers the construction techniques for residential and small structure foundations, steps, patios, decks, chimneys and fireplaces. Describes work activities that the mason must perform, as well as those that tie into the masonry work.

Metal Work in Masonry (15 hours)
Many types of metal accessories and attachments are used in masonry construction. This module acquaints the mason with the various types of metal components and how they are installed. These items include metal rods, joint reinforcements, plates, anchors, fasteners, and hollow metal frames for doors and windows.

Advanced Laying Techniques (40 hours)
Contains detailed information that directs the mason in accomplishing the actual construction of walls, arches, and other useful structures. Construction techniques, safety requirements, and interaction with structure components are explained. Skill is gained through construction of small projects.


"Trade-Prep Programs" through National Education Developers are under the guidance of the Florida Masonry Apprentice and Educational Foundation. NCCER standards are applied to all "Trade Prep Programs." For more information call 1-813-676-7600



Level 1

Level 2

Masonry Courses

Hands-on training, practice, and classroom work

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Taught by NCCER-qualified instructors, experienced in the trades

High School Credit from a fully accredited private school

These are NCCER-accredited courses. (National Center for Construction Education and Research)


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