One way to get free training to become a bricklayer is by becoming an apprentice through a builders' guild, such as the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania, according to BuildersGuild.org. Apprentices typically get paid wages as physical laborers to assist master bricklayers in their work, who train them. Applicants must be at least 18, have graduated from high school or earned a GED, have a driver's license and suitable transportation, and be drug-free.
Bricklayers are also known as brick masons. Find out about apprenticeship programs in your area by contacting the local union that represents bricklayers or masons, recommends About.com Careers. You can apply for an apprenticeship program through The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, which provides a list of local unions among its membership.
Free training can be gained through local union programs, as well as programs offered at the International Masonry Institute, which are jointly funded by labor and management through collectively bargained contributions, as stated at bacweb.org.
It takes about three to four years as an apprentice bricklayer to become a journeyman, a bricklayer who works independently. After a journeyman has proven himself and meets local union requirements, he can eventually become a master bricklayer.