Kwantlen University 2012-13 Calendar | Masonry: Citation (Foundation)


In this 20 week program students will acquire training for employment as an apprentice Mason (Bricklayer). Masons work with brick, concrete and glass block, terra cotta and stone. Work can be as simple as laying a wall or as complex as installing an ornate exterior on a high-rise building. Masons work outside and the work is very physical. Masons use power and hand tools, and material moving equipment. Masons also read blueprints, building codes, industry safety requirements, and guidelines for handling hazardous materials. Hands-on shop experience is the basis on which skills are developed in the program.

Students who complete the Masonry Foundation program are eligible for credit for first level of apprenticeship in-school technical training, as well as 400 work-based hours toward completion of the Manson (Bricklayer) apprenticeship program. Additional information is available on our program website at

Since this is a Red Seal trade, additional information is available at the Red Seal website.

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to Kwantlen's General university admission requirements, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • English:
    • English 12 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Completion of Kwantlen’s Trades reading test with a minimum score of 75%
  • Mathematics:
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Pre-calculus 11 with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (or equivalent), or
    • Kwantlen’s Trades Mathematics test with a minimum score of 63
  • Interview by an instructor

Note: International student Application for Admission requires approval of the Dean.

Recommend satisfactory physical health. Prior to applying, prospective students with mental or physical impairments, who may require program accommodations, should contact the Office of the Dean of Trades and Technology to discuss required skills and competencies, and a Disability Advisor at 604.599.3233 to ensure appropriate accommodations can be arranged.

Program Requirements

  • Bricklaying
  • Scaffolding
  • Bonds and bond patterns; wall structures, terminology, corner layout and construction
  • Interpretation of blueprints and working drawings of the construction industry
  • Estimation procedures
  • Interpretation of specifications
  • Walls; solid, hollow, cavity, veneered, composite, reinforced and retaining
  • Columns, piers and pilasters in brick and block
Required Courses:
  MSRY 1001 History and Communication 1.5 credits
  MSRY 1005 First Aid and Safety in the Masonry Trade 2.5 credits
  MSRY 1010 Materials in the Masonry Trade 3 credits
  MSRY 1015 Mortar, Grout and Layout and Construction in Brick Masonry 2 credits
  MSRY 1020 Hand Tools 3 credits
  MSRY 1025 Power Tools and Related Equipment 3 credits
  MSRY 1030 Basic Blueprint Reading, Estimating and Layout 1 credits

Note: Students must achieve 70% (B-) or better in practical exams and assignments.

Other Information

Special Equipment

Students will require appropriate safety wear (including shoes with steel toe construction, steel shanks, and ankle support) in conformance with Workers' Compensation Board regulations.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to receive a Citation in Masonry.

Upon successful completion, Kwantlen will also report your technical training completion information to the Industry Training Authority (ITA) in order for the ITA to determine credit towards your designated apprenticeship.