What masons do
Masons work with traditional building tools and natural materials like limestone, granite and natural New Zealand stone. They might also work with digital design and computer-driven cutting machinery to create custom shapes.
There are two main types of masonry specialist in New Zealand:
Create decorative art forms from stone. The end result has a lot of delicate, emotional significance. Create headstones, natural stone fixtures, statues and monuments.
Create architectural and decorative features for different structures. Understand the physical make-up and structural integrity of natural stone as you shape and lay stone products to create entrance ways, fireplace hearths, and exterior/interior walls.
The BCITO manages stonemasonry apprenticeships. In your apprenticeship you will be working towards the
- National Certificate in Masonry Monumental Masonry, Natural Stone Fixtures and fittings and Banker Levels 4 & 5
- National Certificate in Stonemasonry Level 5
You’ll work under an experienced employer who'll provide on-job coaching and support throughout your apprenticeship. You'll also receive the guidance of a BCITO training advisor.
There are no strict entry requirements, although it will help if you have good maths and English skills – you need to be able to understand instructions, and work out measurements, quantities and angles.
Your apprenticeship is the start of a professional career
Stonemasonry isn't just a job – it's a professional career. By doing an apprenticeship and getting qualified, you're setting yourself up for ongoing employment as a well-paid tradesperson. You’ll also open up opportunities to do further study in supervision or site management, go to university, or start a business and train your own apprentices.