Bricklaying Course




5/4 days




The Builder Training Centre (The BTC) offers high quality structured Bricklaying Courses, which can be attended as a 5-day course during the week (Monday to Friday) or, for those that have commitments during the week, a weekend course (2 consecutive weekends).

Our instructors are qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tradespersons, so students can take advantage of all the tips of the trade, personal experiences and advice they offer.

This short course is intensive, but the atmosphere is relaxed and enjoyable which creates a good learning environment. If you have a particular project in mind, or some building plans you wish to gain advice on, our instructors will be more than happy to discuss these with you.

The main objective of this Bricklaying Course is to equip you with the necessary skills to become proficient in bricklaying. Throughout the course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of various bricklaying techniques, starting from the basics such as mixing mortar and pointing, and progressing towards more advanced techniques such as constructing walls that are plumb, vertical, and square.

In addition to the fundamental skills, you will also be taught various types of bond including Stretcher, English, Flemish, block-work, brick capping, and arch construction. This will enable you to become a versatile bricklayer with a broad range of expertise in the field.

The Bricklaying Course is ideal for beginners looking to learn bricklaying for DIY or handyman skills, experienced people looking to extend their trade skills or perfect their bricklaying skills, or those looking for a new career as a bricklayer.

Course Content

Practical tasks will include:

  • Constructing a pillar with corbelling
  • Forming an arch
  • Spanning openings
  • Constructing a garden/retaining wall
  • Constructing a cavity wall
  • Ties and joist hangers
  • Inserting lintels (stone and steel)
  • Damp coursing
  • Block work wall plate

Skills learnt will culminate in the construction of a small extension.

You will also learn about:

  • Foundations
  • Extensions
  • Setting out
  • Cavity wall specifications
  • Structures of brickwork
  • Estimating and calculations
  • Business aspects
  • The needles method of making openings in existing walls
  • Inserting RSJ’s and lintels
  • Awareness of planning permission and building control

Training Facilities

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Please click the button below to proceed with our online Application Form. You will be given details on the Application Form about how to make the minimum deposit payment of £150.00, or the full amount of £445.00, to secure a place on your chosen date.

Alternatively, give us a call on 020 8649 9340 to get booked in over the phone.

Have you considered adding Bricklaying to a multi-course package?
e.g. Plastering, Tiling, Plumbing, Bricklaying
Total £1,710.00 (inc VAT)
A saving of £100.00!


Steel toe-capped safety footwear is a health and safety requirement for all our courses. We stock steel-toe capped boots from size 3 to 13 (with some half sizes), which can be purchased on the first morning of your course for just £20.00.

You should wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty. This course will take place outside, so you should dress accordingly to the weather.

We provide all relevant tools and materials that are required for the duration of your course.

Changing facilities for men and women are available on-site. For a £5.00 deposit you can get a padlock to a locker for any small valuables you may wish to bring along.

You are welcome to bring your own food to eat in our canteen. Alternatively, we sell a small selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks, or you could purchase food from one of the local supermarkets/shops/cafes/restaurants within just a few minutes’ walk.

Provided you are aged at least 18 years and deemed fit and healthy to complete physical work, this course is suitable for you. Whether your background is already in a trade or something completely different, these skills can be learnt and applied directly after the course.

Over the years, we have had students attend the course for many reasons, the most popular of which would be to expand their current professional services, start a whole new career or to just pick up a new skill for DIY. These are not just skills for one project, these are skills for life!

Many of our courses are run over 5 days (Monday to Friday) with hours of 9am until approximately 4pm, alternatively the same course can be attended over 2 consecutive weekends with longer hours of 8.30am until approximately 5pm. 

The content of the course is the same and, once break times have been accounted for, the hours are also the same. It is also the case that it is usually the same tutor! Rest assured you will not miss anything by attending the course over 4 days rather than 5.

You will be awarded a Builder Training Centres Limited Certificate of Continuous Professional Development after full completion of the course. The Certificate will include your name, the dates you attended, and on the reverse we list all the areas you have covered throughout your course.

Course notes will be provided during your course. These will summarise most of the topics covered with some diagrams and pictures also included, however, you may choose to bring along a notepad and pen to take additional notes.

As we are located within Waddon Train Station Buildings, we do not have any parking on-site. That said, there are plenty of residential roads in the surrounding area that have free unrestricted parking, within just a few minutes’ walk. If attending on Sunday, you can park in the marked red boxes in Epsom Road where our Centre at Waddon Station is situated and in Stafford Road where our Electrical Centre is situated (a minute’s walk away) all day free of charge.

Please email if you would like any further information or instructions.


Our training facility is located at the following address:
Waddon Station Buildings, 160 Epsom Road, Croydon, CR0 4UP

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"I think it was a great course – Peter has really good subject knowledge and he was able to really match his teaching to our needs. The centre seemed very well set up and organised. The pace of the course was good – with theory and practical elements well balanced."
Peter Eadie-Catling
"Excellent course – was a complete novice at Bricklaying but have gained a good understanding of the principles behind Bricklaying (and all that entails) and some good practical skills. I feel confident to go away and build my garden walls and maybe even a small porch!"
Jane Blenkinsop
"An excellent course. It was great to be able to start never having laid a brick in my life and finish the course knowing how to make an extension. Peter is an excellent tutor, very friendly and welcoming. Office staff are always very helpful and very efficient."
Jon Palmer