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Bricklaying NVQ

Benefits of a Bricklaying NVQ

Bricklayers are one of the best-known trades and they are responsible for one of the most important elements of a construction project. They primarily lay brocks, pre-cut stone and concrete blocks to construct, repair and extend a variety of structures.

The are also responsible for:

  • Working accurately from construction plans and specifications.
  • Measuring out build areas and setting the first row of bricks.
  • Using hand tools, power tools and brick-cutting machines.
  • Repairing and maintaining building blocks.
  • Damp proofing the foundations.

Bricklaying NVQ Level 2


The Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Trowel Occupations (Construction) – Bricklaying qualification is designed to be achieved in a real workplace environment as well as with support from AccXel and an employer.

The course has been developed to enable the student to demonstrate and recognise their skills, knowledge and understanding of Bricklaying within the construction industry.

Provided by AccXel Construction School and NOCN (National Open College Network), you will be assessed against a set of performance and knowledge indicators which are provided by National Occupational Standards.

Additionally, an occupationally qualified assessor will assess you and provide support throughout the course.

In order to complete (pass) this qualification, learners must successfully complete/achieve all 5 mandatory units and 1 optional unit.

Course requirements

Minimum Age: 16

Level: 2

Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 334

Total Qualification Time (TQT): 670


There are no formal entry requirements to take the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Trowel Occupations (Construction) – Bricklaying qualification.

You can enrol on the course without any previous training or qualifications in this subject area, however we do require for students to be employed to enable them to gain real life experience while studying.

Topics covered

As part of the NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Trowel Occupations (Construction) – Bricklaying, you must complete the following mandatory units:

  • Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Conforming to Productive Working Practices
  • Erecting masonry structures
  • Moving, Handling and Storing Resources
  • Setting Out to Form Masonry Structures

The learner must then complete one of the following optional units:

  • Erecting Masonry Cladding
  • Erecting Thin Joint Masonry Structures
  • Installing and Forming Specialist Masonry Elements
  • Installing Drainage
  • Placing and Compacting Concrete
  • Repairing and Maintaining Masonry Structures
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