Level 3

Specialise in masonry trades (brick and block laying)

Study a brick laying pre-trade apprenticeship

The construction industry needs more scaffolders and bricklayers. This qualification will give you practical and work-ready skills to start out in the industry.

Programme highlights

The construction industry needs more bricklayers.

This qualification will give you practical and work-ready skills to start out in the industry.

Learn how to work to industry standards and meet all appropriate consenting and compliance requirements. You will get real-life experience completing a project to industry standards.

When you graduate, you will be ready to get a job as a trainee or apprentice working under supervision. You will also receive a tool kit of equipment needed to complete the course.

Masonry trades strand (Brick and block laying)
Learn the fundamentals of how to lay bricks and concrete blocks to construct or repair a range of structures such as buildings, walls, or paved areas.

Aspects of this programme are physically demanding, please talk with an Ask Me! agent if you face fitness or mobility challenges.

You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


Open entry for domestic students

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

English language entry requirements

You will need English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English (an assessment may be required if your first language is not English).

Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete four courses which are related to your strand (60 credits):

Masonry trades

211.313 Workplace safety frameworks and practices (20 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to the legislative frameworks and requirements for workplace safety in the construction industry and requires students to select and consistently apply safe working practices and effective communication skills as they undertake project-based work.

211.314 Skills for construction trades (10 credits)

Students will identify, read, and use specifications and drawings and calculation skills that underpin effective practice in the construction industry.

211.315 Roles and compliance within the masonry trades (10 credits)

Students will become familiar with the brick and block laying industry’s job roles, consenting and compliance requirement.

211.316 Brick and block project (20 credits)

Students will complete a brick/block project to industry standards.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Upon graduating you could enter an apprenticeship with the relevant Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for your chosen trade.

For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed for people who are beginning a career in the construction trade sector.

On completion, you will have entry-level skills to enter the construction trade as a brick and block laying apprentice or trainee working under supervision.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your work experience or previous tertiary study may count towards achieving your qualification. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at MIT is designed for those who already have on-the-job skills and knowledge, but want to take their career to the next level with a qualification.

With RPL we can measure and match your existing skills against credits in our courses – creating a tailored path of study that will not only save you money but also help you to complete your qualification faster. Learn more.

Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Free study for up to one year for Levels 3 and 4 may be available under Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT), a government-led training initiative to encourage young Māori and Pasifika people to gain trade qualifications. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.

Information is correct as at 27 January 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.