Brick and Stone Mason (Apprenticeship)
- Ontario College Certificate
- Program Code:
- Trades & Apprenticeship
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
- Accelerated Delivery?
About the Program
This 24-week program, which consists of a basic eight-week course, an eight-week intermediate course and an eight-week advanced course, is designed to provide the student with a theoretical knowledge of all aspects of masonry, brick and stone work, together with the practical training necessary to complement the student's on-the-job training experience.
See Apprenticeship - General Information.
Length: 720-hour Ontario College Certificate program delivered in three components
- Prospective students must be registered apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (M.T.C.U) and may be required to be a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Trades.
- New legislation now requires all Industrial Trades to have Grade 12. A number of construction trades require Grade 10 only. Brick and stone has a Grade 8 requirement. Preparation for admission can be obtained through the Employment Preparation Program for those 19 years of age or older.
- Information related to this apprenticeship program may be obtained from the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099.
- Conestoga College delivers the in-school component of this apprenticeship program as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). In addition, MTCU requires employers to deliver the greater proportion of apprenticeship training on the job.
- Students are required to demonstrate the same attention to punctuality and attendance as would be required by the business or industry in which they are employed or expect to be employed.
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is an agreement between an individual who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. It is a combination of in-school training and on-the-job experience. An apprenticeship can last two to five years, depending on the program. About 90% of the apprentice's time is spent learning practical skills on the job, while supervised by a qualified journeyperson. The rest is spent learning theoretical and technical aspects of the trade. Over time, the apprenticeship system of training has proven to be one of the world's most successful ways to learn.
Apprenticeship Training - General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson
Skilled workers (journeypersons) are in high demand in a broad range of occupations and make an important contribution to Canada's economic growth. If you are interested in becoming a journeyperson, you must first complete an apprenticeship. Women are encouraged to investigate the significant benefits of a career in a skilled occupation.
Once you have decided which occupation best suits your interests and talents, it is up to you to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice.
Conestoga College provides the in-school training portion for a variety of skilled trades. You will be released from work to attend trade school either in a block or a one-day-a-week format, depending on the trade and delivery options.
Tuition & Fees
Fees set by MTCU as per Offer of Classroom Training
*Books and parking fees are additional.
*Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.
*You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP.
Graduates are employed in all areas of the construction industry - residential, commercial, industrial and institutional - working with all types of masonry material.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Degree Completion Opportunities
Conestoga College is dedicated to creating exciting and flexible degree completion opportunities for current, former and prospective students. Learn how a Conestoga education can respond to the community's demand for a skilled workforce and help you to reach your goal of a challenging and rewarding career.
Pre-Certification of Qualification
If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on eligibility criteria or to arrange to speak to an Apprenticeship Training Consultant, contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.
For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at www.conestogac.on.ca or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.
Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: www.conestogac.on.ca/caa/testing/exemption.jsp
- Select, use and maintain hand and power tools and equipment used in the brick and stone trade.
- Interpret masonry nomenclature, production methods, and techniques.
- Identify unsafe work areas and apply essential safety procedures.
- Interpret the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
- Select material used in residential, commercial, and industrial construction and applications.
- Identify various types of plans and specifications.
- Interpret the Ontario Building Code.
- Interpret basic blueprints and prepare free-hand sketches.
- Apply basic mathematics to solve trade-related problems.
- Apply basic principles of construction layout.
- Perform grouting, motaring, cleaning and assembly operations on structural and non-structural masonry construction.
- Perform special masonry applications including fireplace, restorative, waterproofing, acclimatizing and below grade masonry.
- Discuss interior and exterior residential finishes and their methods of application.
- Apply residential plans, specifications, and codes to the job situation.
- Apply the basic principles of building science and energy efficiency in housing.
- Estimate time and material quantities from residential plans and specifications.
Registration occurs after an employer is found. At that time the employer or apprentice may call the local Apprenticeship and Client Services Office to request registration and have a contract prepared. Once you are a registered apprentice and have received your Offer of Classroom Training Form, classroom training fees apply. Applicants are registered on a first-come, first-served basis. You are not required to pay classroom fees while participating in OYAP. You may also view the apprenticeship website at: www.apprenticesearch.com
For more information, call the Apprenticeship Office at 519-653-5758 or 1-866-877-0099. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga College at 519-748-5220 ext 2400.