Construction Techniques - Brick and Stone

About the Program

This unique program provides in-depth theory and hands-on training for the brick and stone masonry trade. Located at the Waterloo campus, Conestoga's Masonry Centre provides you with the ideal setting in which to learn to work with brick, stone, and a variety of other masonry materials. Students will be given many opportunities to design and construct masonry walls and features in a safe and efficient manner. You will learn to safely and properly operate hand and power tools, as well as equipment used by masons on a construction site. You will also gain valuable knowledge about vital aspects of the brick and stone trade in Canada, including heritage masonry and refractory masonry, as well as commercial and residential applications. A graduate of this program may be exempt from the Level 1 in-school apprenticeship training should they choose to pursue a Brick and Stone apprenticeship.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Waterloo - September/2020 - Fall | Winter
Location: Waterloo
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 30

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Tuition & Fees

Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in brick and stone, heritage restoration, refractory work, hardscape construction and general construction.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1497)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
MASO1330 Masonry Safety

Description: This safety course provides information on safe and unsafe working conditions and practices on a typical masonry jobsite. You will learn the procedures for lifting, platform work. You will also learn to inspect the job site and determine hazards as well as recognize situations that are deemed unsafe in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. You will learn to address unsafe conditions to ensure public and worker safety near a job site. You will also learn how to select and safely use personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protective devices such as elevating scaffolds and ladders, both when working at ground level and at heights. This course combines classroom theory with job site practice.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

MASO1340 Masonry Theory 1

Description: In this course you will gain an overview of the masonry trade and masonry applications on a construction site. Masonry related tools, equipment, materials and supplies will be discussed. Topics will include how to prepare and dismantle a work area according to industry specifications, the procedures for building foundation walls and the preparation of masonry surfaces in accordance with required codes, specifications and regulations.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5

MASO1350 Masonry Practice 1

Description: In this course you will learn how to handle tools, equipment, material and supplies and will install masonry materials such as brick and concrete block. You will also be required to interpret drawings for masonry projects and demonstrate the ability to estimate materials and supplies to accepted standards. You will acclimatize a worksite to suit various weather conditions. You will be able to demonstrate the use and maintenance of basic hand tools, power tools and measurement and layout tools according to accepted trade practice. You will be able to prepare, apply mortar using best practice within the brick and stone trade and will demonstrate the ability to work with mason's tools when laying brick and block.
Hours: 168
Credits: 8

MATH1230 Mathematics for the Trades

Description: This course includes calculator use, whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, integers, formula manipulations, ratio and proportion, metric measurement, geometry (2D & 3D). You will be required to use basic math and problem solving skills as you plan, prepare and build masonry walls
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

Level 2
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

ENTR1080 Entrepreneurship

Description: In this course you will learn about business ownership including how business operates, forms of business and the role of government in small business. Case studies will explore ethics and established business practices. You will also have the opportunity to create your own business plan.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

MASO1360 Masonry Theory 2

Description: In this course you will learn about each of the sectors of masonry, Restoration, Refractory, Residential and ICI. You will employ techniques for interpreting architectural drawings and related documents and contracts.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5

MASO1370 Masonry Practice 2

Description: In this course you will become skilled with masonry hand tools. You will practice geometry during the construction of both rough and gauged masonry arches. You will learn and apply proper techniques to apply thin stone veneer to ensure quality and durability of the products used. You will learn to cut and dress stone for use in walls and columns as well as proper placement and bonding rules. You will take part in masonry restoration projects to identify and repair failures within masonry structures.
Hours: 196
Credits: 8

Program Outcomes

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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

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International students should apply online using the Ontario International applicant portal. Please note that not all programs are open to international students; check the list of open programs on our International Student Programs web page before applying.
For additional program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


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