Students seeking masonry training for entry-level positions may pursue certificate and diploma programs at community colleges and trade and vocational schools. People who want advanced masonry training, broader knowledge of the construction industry and a general education should pursue an associate's degree in masonry. In addition to masonry courses, associate's degree programs include classes such as construction supervision, masonry mathematics and business plan writing.
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, which do not charge tuition.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Salt Lake Community College||Salt Lake City, Utah||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-state: $3,569, Out-of-state: $11,337|
|Wallace Community College Selma||Selma, Alabama||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $4,020, Out-of-state: $7,470|
|GateWay Community College||Phoenix, Arizona||2-year, Public||Professional apprenticeship||In-state: $2,046, Out-of-state: $7,830 (No tuition for 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, Out-of-state: $5,253|
|Southside Virginia Community College||Alberta, Virginia||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state: $4,350, Out-of-state: $10,188|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Cleveland, Ohio||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's degree||In-district: $3,136, In-state: $3,953, Out-of-state: $7,648|
*Sources: National Center for Education Statistics and School Websites
Masonry Schools and Colleges 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 that 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.
- Candidates may want to ensure that masonry schools and colleges offer training in brick masonry, stone masonry and block masonry. Although students may decide to focus on one area, individuals with all three masonry skills have a competitive edge in the job market.
Aspiring masons can pursue training and education at colleges or technical schools. Some schools offer apprenticeship programs, which allow trainees to work and study at the same time. Another option is to pursue a professional certificate or associate's degree.