Students seeking masonry training for entry-level positions may pursue certificate, diploma or associate's degree programs at community colleges and trade and vocational schools. There are also schools that offer apprenticeship programs.
Schools with Masonry Programs
Listed below are schools offering education and training in masonry. Program tuition and fees for 2015-2016 are listed, with the exception of some apprenticeship programs, for which students are paid.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, Utah||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's|| In-state: $3,569,
|Wallace Community College Selma||Selma, Alabama||2-year, Public||Certificate|| In-state: $4,020,
|GateWay Community College||Phoenix, Arizona||2-year, Public||Professional apprenticeship|| In-state: $2,046,
Out-of-state: $7,830 (No tuition for the first year)
|Tallahassee Community College||Tallahassee, Florida||2-year, Public||Professional apprenticeship||Tuition-free|
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth, Florida||2-year, Public||Professional apprenticeship||Tuition-free|
|Pearl River Community College||Poplarville, Mississippi||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's degree|| In-state: $2,855,
|Southside Virginia Community College||Alberta, Virginia||2-year, Public||Certificate|| In-state: $4,350,
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, Ohio||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's degree|| In-district: $3,136,
*Sources: National Center for Education Statistics and School Websites
School Selection Criteria
Listed below are some important considerations for students trying to decide which masonry program will best prepare them for the job market:
- Since it takes lots of practice to become a competent mason, students should choose masonry schools that require as much hands-on experience as possible.
- Although there are no required certifications in the field of masonry, candidates should consider masonry colleges that are accredited by the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) and prepare students to obtain the organization's voluntary certification.
- Students ought to select masonry schools and colleges that hire instructors who are experienced master masons. They are highly skilled and can provide contacts and information for jobs and internships.
- Students who want to focus their studies on a particular subfield, such as brick masonry, stone masonry or block masonry, should find out if the program allows for a concentration in that topic.
Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma Programs
Undergraduate masonry programs consist of a series of courses that introduce students to the fundamentals of masonry. They include both lecture-based classes and practical training. Students may also take introductory business courses that provide relevant preparation for entry-level jobs. In addition to general certificate programs, there are also more specialized options that focus on a particular type of masonry, such as cement or concrete masonry.
Associate's Degree Programs
There are few associate's degree programs offered specifically in masonry. It is more common for students to pursue an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in a related subject, such as construction and building science or building construction technology, with a concentration in masonry. These two-year programs provide the hands-on experience and theoretical studies that students need for success in entry-level masonry jobs. In addition, students must take courses to fulfill general education requirements.
Many community colleges and technical schools facilitate apprenticeship programs. In these programs, students spend three to four years working under the supervision of an experienced journeyman. They also take supplemental academic courses to augment this hands-on training. It is important to note that apprentices are compensated for their work.
Aspiring masons can pursue training and education at colleges or technical schools. Some schools offer apprenticeship programs, and undergraduate certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees are also available.