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Bricklaying for Beginners


Learn the basic techniques of bricklaying.


This beginners course will introduce you to the basic technique of bricklaying, including:-

  • Define the following terms: bricks, blocks, sub-base, MOT, concrete, mortar, sharp sand, soft sand, cement;
  • Recognise the following tools: mortar board, brick trowel (both London and Philadelphia), pointing tools.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of a spirit level ( including concepts of ‘on the line’, quarter bubble and half bubble).
  • Recognise, use and describe the characteristics of, the following personal protective equipment: steel toecaps, goggles, work gloves and dust mask.
  • Describe and show good manual handling when handling bricks.
  • Know the mixing ratios of sand and cement, and make up mortar to a suitable consistency.
  • Practice handing ‘slugs’ of mortar with the brick trowel and board.
  • Practice brick laying both level and straight.
  • Practice safe technique and good site hygiene, throughout and during clear up.


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Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277