Course Overview

Have you got all the skills, knowledge and experience of a Bricklayer?
Are you missing out on job opportunities because you are not qualified?

The Master Builders CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying RPL program can help you on your pathway to a Bricklaying licence. To find out about the trade licence process in NSW, please visit Fair Trading NSW.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. You are assessed by providing us with evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you already have. Our industry expert assessors review your submission and provide feedback if we require more information or clarification.

With RPL you can complete the CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying within 6 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you eligible for fee-free training?

This course may be subsidised by the NSW Government Smart and Skilled initiative. If you are eligible for the government subsidy, your student fee will be determined by the NSW Government.

Smart and Skilled prices are subject to funding availability. A quote of applicable fees and funding will be provided prior to enrolment.

A general guide to fees for this qualification pathway is as follows:

NSW Government Smart and Skilled Subsidy Indicative Pricing

If you do not hold a previous qualification

from $1,440

If you do hold a previous qualification

from $1,720

Indicative Pricing without NSW Government Subsidy

Master Builders Member Rate


Non-Member Rate


Note: On enrolment, you will be invoiced for $1,500.00. This consists of a non-refundable administration fee. According to the Standards for RTOs 2015, at no stage will Master Builders charge more than $1,500 in advance of services being provided.

Student fees will increase if you are assessed as ‘not yet competent’ by Recognition of Prior Learning in any unit/s of competency and are required to undertake classroom or distance-based training and assessment. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process by which you can achieve a nationally recognised qualification, without the need to attend classes. Simply follow our RPL kit and provide video and photographic evidence of the knowledge, skills and experience you have. Plus, our industry expert assessors come to your workplace to conduct the skills assessment, so there’s no time off-site.

The assessment practical activities are very specific and require you to have access to your workplace and a variety of job tasks. These tasks relate to the practical components of each unit of competency, and you must be able to have access to tools, equipment and materials necessary to carry out the tasks.

To participate you will need a laptop or computer with internet access to login. With our RPL program you can submit all the required assessment knowledge questions, practical activities and evidence in our online student system.

Watch our video for tips on how to gather evidence for your RPL kit.

Examples of the types of evidence that you will need to gather will depend on the qualification you are completing, however, examples could include:

  • Video footage of your performing tasks on site
  • Time-lapse photos of you performing tasks on site
  • Certificates you have already gained 
  • Project management documentation

Expand your employment and business opportunities and be on the pathway to a bricklayer licence. The CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying RPL program is designed to enable Bricklayers to formally recognise their skills in Bricklaying work.

Before making any training decisions we recommend you find out everything you need to know about becoming a licenced Bricklayer from Fair Trading NSW.

Once the RPL program is successfully completed you will earn a nationally recognised qualification CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying.

Career benefits:

  • Advance your employment opportunities and gain more work
  • Start your own Bricklaying business
  • Build your own clientele network
  • Be on the pathway to a Bricklaying licence
  • Pathway to become a builder

Master Builders applies the following entry requirements:

  • a minimum of three years full-time (or equivalent) bricklaying and blocklaying-related experience in the construction industry (experience must be within
    the last 10 years)
  • a valid White Card (General Construction Induction card)
  • currently working on active bricklaying and blocklaying projects
  • able to provide details of two referees to confirm your work history/experience. Referees must be a qualified/licenced tradesperson in bricklaying and have worked with you for 12 months or more
  • able to answer at least 80% of the technical industry questions correctly during your application process.

Apply for your USI prior to application.

Enrolment Conditions

Master Builders has enrolment conditions to help you progress through your training:

  • Students cannot enrol in more than one online qualification and/or program at the same time.
  • Students cannot undertake more than two programs in total at a time.
  • This does not include our online Professional Development, CPD Made Easier, or short 1 or 2 day courses.

This program must be completed within 6 months.

To achieve this, the knowledge based assessment is required to be completed and submitted within 2 months and all evidence is to be submitted within 5 months.

Here is a list of the full units of competency in this course:



Participants must undertake the following mandatory core and elective units: 


Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials


Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment


Carry out masonry veneer construction


Carry out cavity brick construction 


Lay masonry walls and corners


Lay multi-thickness walls and piers


Install flashings and damp proof course


Construct masonry arches


Construct curved walls


Construct masonry structural systems


Carry out setting out


Apply basic levelling procedures


Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding


Work safely at heights


Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry


Plan and organise work


Conduct workplace communication


Carry out measurements and calculations


Read and interpret plans and specifications


Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Participants are also required to undertake the following eight (8) elective units: 


Carry out basic demolition


Carry out concreting to simple forms


Place and fix reinforcement materials


Lay paving


Construct masonry steps and stairs


Install fire-rated masonry construction


Construct decorative brickwork


Construct battered masonry walls and piers


$2,200.00 / $2,400.00

Subsidies Available

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