Location: East Campus (Oley)          Instructor: Michael Kern          CIP Code: 46.0101

This program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the industry. This hands-on program provides many opportunities to do live work and outside projects that test and refine the student’s skills.

Bricklayers or brick masons are craftspeople who construct and repair walls, partitions, arches, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures from brick, block, concrete, and glazed tile. They must be able to lay out jobs, read blueprints and estimate materials and cost. Instruction in this trade includes learning skills involved in the cutting, chipping and laying of brick and concrete block, the mixing and spreading of mortar and other bonding agents, and the cutting and laying of ceramic tiles. Students will learn to use tools, such as trowels, jointers, hammers, levels, gauge line and squares. Knowledge of mortar, cement, and other bonding agents is important to workers in this skilled trade.

Students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge by helping with the construction of a custom built home under the direction of their instructors. The local housing market has come to know the BCTC student built homes as a model of quality and craftsmanship.

Graduates of this program are prepared to seek employment in the masonry field or may choose to pursue more specialized training through an apprenticeship and/or post-secondary education.

NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research
The Masonry program participates in NCCER. This curricula and training process is supported by trade associations, contractors, schools, construction and maintenance users, pipeline operators, manufacturers, and third-party training providers. Visit for further information.

PBA – Pennsylvania’s Builder’s Association
The program is a PBA endorsed program, which allows students who complete the program at the competent and above level to earn a PBA Certification.  Visit for more information.

Industry Certifications:

Pennsylvania Builders Association Skills Certificate (based on NOCTI)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
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Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· Choice of any two Tee Shirts with BCTC LogoOPTIONAL:· Charcoal HVAC Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
· Cotton blue or black jeans – proper fitting and no holes Heavy-duty work shoes · A belt is to be worn at all times

· Safety glasses provided by BCTC



The link provided for each book title will take you to Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Residential Construction Academy: Masonry, Brick and Block Construction (1st Edition) – by Robert B. Ham

ISBN #: 978-1-41805-284-3

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Heavy-duty work shoes 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
24 Oz. Brick Hammer with End Cap 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $21.80 + Tax Glen-Gery or Fleetwood Block
Modular Spacing Rule (Lufkin 646) 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $21.00 + Tax Glen-Gery or Fleetwood Block
Brick Trowel (10 x 5) 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $37.85 + Tax Glen-Gery or Fleetwood Block

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Basic Geometry
  • Excellent skills in measurement, fractions, and decimals
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Brick Mason/Block Mason
  • Tile and Marble Setter
  • Contractor
  • Masonry Instructor
  • Estimator
  • Bricklayer
  • Cement Mason