Bricklayer (Mason)

A Mason uses bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and other materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures. They are also responsible for preparing surfaces to be covered and mixing ingredients they'll need like mortar or cement. Preparatory work such as caulking and cleaning and placing damp proofing and masonry flashing is also done by a Mason. Mason is designated as Bricklayer under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Mason do a variety of residential work including restoring damaged brick work, putting up ornamental or retaining walls and constructing brick driveways, patios, chimneys, and glass block walls. As brick-related products have evolved in recent years, Mason have also become involved in laying bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls and fireplaces and other decorative installations. Some Mason construct industrial and commercial buildings although there appears to be a trend towards less structural brick work being done now. They are also involved in heat-related work, installing firebricks to line chimneys, furnaces, kilns and boilers. Prefabricated materials, mortarless bricks, and factory-assembled panelized masonry are trends that have changed the nature of Mason work.The Bricklayers technical training requires all apprentices to complete a practical assessment for each level, as well as a standardized examination for each level. The flow chart below outlines the steps for completing each level.

Program Updates:

The Exam Weighting Chart is available and shows the approximate percentage of weighting per General Area of Competency (GAC).

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 506.66 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.33 MB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 41.87 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 264.47 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 57.04 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 63.53 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 80.2 KB)