How Do You Become a Mason?


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To gain full-time employment, masons must first complete a three- or four-year apprenticeship program. They must also complete a one-year mason training program offered by a technical or trade school before or during an apprenticeship.

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  1. Enroll in a mason training program

    Select a mason training program that provides coursework in basic masonry methods and techniques, construction or shop math, blueprint reading, local building codes and safety regulations, and mechanical drawing.

  2. Apply for an apprenticeship

    Contact contracting companies, contractor associations, labor unions or local government agencies to find an apprenticeship program. To complete an apprenticeship, masons must complete 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training along with 144 hours of technical training each year. Masons may elect to complete a training program first and then an apprenticeship or complete both simultaneously.

  3. Find employment as a mason

    Apply for masonry positions with contracting companies, government agencies or building companies. Some masons gain employment from the same companies and agencies that provided the apprenticeships. In addition to successfully completing an apprenticeship and a mason training program, masons should be at least 18 years of age, hold a high school diploma or the equivalent, and be physically able to move heavy objects and stand for long periods of time.

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