Red Seal Occupational Standard - Bricklayer


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The Bricklayer Red Seal Occupational Standard (PDF, 5.2 MB) is developed by Canadian trade representatives. It collects information about the trade as it is practiced across Canada.

This RSOS information is combined in several ways to generate several RSOS Products, each these is based on information contained in the complete RSOS, and is geared to user needs:

RSOS Products for Download
Product Purpose
Red Seal Occupational Standard - Bricklayer (PDF, 5.2 MB) A complete description of all trade activities, skills and knowledge. The Standard defines the trade by collecting and organizing elements together.
Trade Profile - Bricklayer (PDF, 508 KB) A quick snapshot of all trade activities in the standard. It can be used to self-assess experience. It can be used to introduce a concise summary of all trade activities to those wanting to learn about the trade. It can also be used for gap analysis.


The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) recognizes this Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) as the Red Seal standard for the Bricklayer trade.


The first National Conference on Apprenticeship in Trades and Industries, held in Ottawa in 1952, recommended that the federal government be requested to cooperate with provincial and territorial apprenticeship committees and officials in preparing analyses of a number of skilled occupations. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) sponsors the Red Seal Program, which, under the guidance of the CCDA, develops a national occupational standard for each of the Red Seal trades.

Standards have the following objectives:

  • to describe and group the tasks performed by skilled workers;
  • to identify which tasks are performed in every province and territory;
  • to develop instruments for use in the preparation of Interprovincial Red Seal Examinations and assessment tools for apprenticeship and certification authorities;
  • to develop common tools for apprenticeship on-the-job and technical training in Canada;
  • to facilitate the mobility of apprentices and skilled workers in Canada;
  • to supply employers, employees, associations, industries, training institutions and governments with occupational standards.

Any questions, comments, or suggestions for changes, corrections, or revisions to this standard or any of its related products may be forwarded to:

Trades and Apprenticeship Division
Apprenticeship and Sectoral Initiatives Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV, 6th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0J9


The CCDA and ESDC wish to express sincere appreciation for the contribution of the many tradespersons, industrial establishments, professional associations, labour organizations, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, and all others who contributed to this publication.

Special acknowledgment is given to Tim Maxson for the expertise provided in the development of the first draft of this Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS).

Thanks are also offered to the following representatives who contributed greatly to the review and revision of the draft of the standard at a national workshop and provided expert advice throughout its development:

  • Adrienne Barrett Hofman - Ontario
  • Ghislain Basque - New Brunswick
  • Tim Brotherston - British Columbia
  • Mikael James Caron - Quebec
  • John Clark - Nova Scotia
  • Dan Croft - Nova Scotia
  • Dwayne Giberson - New Brunswick
  • Konstantinos Kotoulas - Manitoba
  • Derek Kowalchuk - Alberta
  • Brandon Lemon - Saskatchewan
  • Jenna Lipinski - Saskatchewan
  • Tim Maxson - Ontario
  • Nicholas Peters - Alberta
  • Melvin Sparkes - Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ron Thurston - British Columbia
  • Scott Vessey - Prince Edward Island

This standard was prepared by the Apprenticeship and Sectoral Initiatives Directorate of ESDC. The coordinating, facilitating and processing of this standard were undertaken by employees of the standards development team of the Trades and Apprenticeship Division and of Ontario, the host jurisdiction for this trade.