Bricklayers build and repair walls, floors, arches, pavings, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks and other structures. They work with materials such as brick, stone, tiles and glass blocks, as well as with masonry products, insulation and membranes. They erect, install, maintain, repair and alter masonry structures ranging from simple masonry to ornate exteriors on multi-level buildings.

National Occupational Classification (NOC): 72320

Designation Year: 1962

Designated Red Seal in: AB, BC, MB, NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT
Trade title: Bricklayer, in AB, MB, NB, NL, NS, PE, SK, YT
Other titles used in provinces/territories: Brick and Stone Mason (ON), Bricklayer – Mason (QC), Mason (BC)

Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) New

This is the complete description of the activities of the Bricklayer trade. New exams that are based on the new standard are being implemented. Check with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority to see if it has been implemented there.

Occupational Standard for current exams Previous

View the National Standard that is being used as the basis for the current Red Seal exams. New exams that are based on the new standard are currently under development.

Essential Skills

Please refer to the Essential Skills section of the trade’s Occupational Standard that describes the essential skills needed to succeed in this trade.

Job Market Reports

Find job market information such as wages, outlooks, education and skills needed at Explore Careers on the Job Bank website.

Sample Questions

Try the sample Bricklayer examination questions to prepare for your Red Seal examination.

Red Seal Exam Breakdown

Consult the Bricklayer Red Seal Exam Breakdown for a breakdown of the Red Seal examination.

Ellis Chart

Consult the Ellis Chart for a full breakdown of apprenticeship data from across Canada for the trade of Bricklayer.