Bricklaying Skills Assessment Australia

Australian Construction Training Services (ACTS) operate their UK and Ireland Bricklaying Skills Assessments programme from the Down Under Centre. The Down Under Centre host the technical Skype interview and work with UK and Irish Bricklayers to ensure they are prepared for their Bricklaying Skills Assessment.

ACTS are Trade Recognition Australia (TRA) approved to deliver Skills Assessments for the purpose of migration for Bricklayers looking to gain a Visa and work in Australia as a Bricklayer.

Once you have spoken to a MARA approved Migration Agent you will be told if you require a Bricklaying Skills Assessment. At this point the Down Under Centre can assist you in completing your application for a Bricklaying Skills Assessment. Once you have successfully passed your Skills Assessment as a Bricklayer, you will be given your Australian Bricklaying Certificate 111 which is now your Australian Bricklaying Qualification. Australian employers may ask for this qualification as well as your Australian 'white card' prior to employment in Australia.

The Down Under Centre deliver the Technical Skype interview for Bricklayers daily from our London offices, we also have venues in Scotland and Ireland if this is more convenient for you.

The Down Under Centre specialises in Bricklaying Skills Assessment for the purpose of migration to Australia. We work with many UK and Australian based MARA approved migration companies to make sure your Stage 2 Application (gathering of evidence) contains all the right information and that it’s presented correctly for ACTS to assess.

Australian Construction Training Service have offices in Queensland, Victoria, NSW, and Western Australia. If you are based in the UK or Ireland feel free to contact ACTS direct on 0203 375 9333 to discuss your Bricklaying Skills Assessment for Australia.


The Skills Assessment process for Bricklayers is divided into three sections. Bricklaying in Australia is not a licensed trade but many Bricklayers in Australia may move onto to be builders or project managers. It’s important to remember that once you have successfully completed your Bricklaying Skills Assessment you will receive your Bricklaying Australian qualification which will be required when you apply for your Builder's licence. 

1. SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE (SAQ): An online self-evaluation form to make sure your skill level is at the standard immigration is looking for. Please note the mandatory requirements and how many electives you will need to complete. Once complete please email to our office at or call our office on 020 3316 1555 and one of our trained staff can assist you. This is a free service. Download your Bricklaying SAQ here.



DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT - £510: This part of the Skills Assessment and in fact the Visa is considered the most difficult part by many migration agents. You need to prove you are a qualified or an experienced Bricklayer. If you do not hold a Bricklaying qualification and have the necessary years of paid experience, you can still be assessed. 

WHAT EVIDENCE IS REQUIRED? You will be asked to prove you have a minimum of three years' experience working as a Bricklayer and that you have been working as a Bricklayer for 12 months out of the last 36 months. You will be asked to supply pay-slips, invoices, bank statements and/or employment references as evidence of this. You will also need to make sure you supply certified copies of your evidence and at least 20 photos of your bricklaying work. Click here for the Application Form 

It is very important to remember that most of your evidence gathering for your Bricklaying Skills Assessment is also required for your Visa. The Down Under Centre suggest that you ask your migration agent what years of work experience you require for the Visa so that you don’t need to go back and forth to employers, banks and referees.

The Down Under Centre offer an Agency Service to assist you with this part of the Skills Assessment and make it as easy and stress-free as possible. For further information, click here 

ADMINISTRATION FEE - £176 GBP: The Administration Fee is collected from all candidates by the authorised RTO performing the Skills Assessment. This fee is then paid to Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) as they now are charging the Skill Assessing body a fee of £176 to process the skills assessments.



The final part of your Skills Assessment as a Bricklayer is a Technical Skype interview. Here you will be required to come to our London venue, The Down Under Centre based conveniently next to Ealing Broadway underground station Alternatively, you can choose to carry out your Technical Skype interview at a venue in Scotland or Ireland.

We will organise an Australian Qualified Bricklayer who is also an Australian qualified trainer and assessor in all Bricklaying components to discuss your Stage 2 Application with you as well as your everyday working life as a Bricklayer. This is why it’s very important that you have provided ACTS and their assessor with a full Stage 2 Pack. Please note that if the assessor feels that you do not have the necessary skills to work in Australia as a qualified bricklayer they will ask you to provide further information or complete a practical assessment site visit which will be at your cost. The Down Under Centre have never had a Bricklayer that has required a site visit, as we work closely with bricklayers to ensure that this does not need to happen. The assessors understand that you may be nervous, they will discuss your application with you in a calm manner, in a relaxed environment and do all they can to assist you and to put you at ease. 

Note: After the Technical Interview, if the assessor feels that they are not confident with your skills, they may request a practical assessment with a fee of £767. 


White Card

As a Bricklayer, you will need to obtain your White Card for Australia in order to work on any Australia building/construction site. The White Card is equivalent to your CSCS Card. We provide an online course and issue the Western Australia White Card which is accepted Australia-wide. To get started, visit our White Card Course page and Register an account. 

Once you have passed, your White Card will be posted to the address you supplied in your registration.



Lee Barnard- "Really pleased with the service that The Down Under Centre provided! Very helpful in answering all my quesitions and really friendly! A pleasure to work with!

Stephen Chinnock:  The Down Under Centre turned our experience around to make it more positive. They gave us good information and were able to answer all of our questions.

Duncan Smith: I found the support given very helpful. I am pleased with the service. I received all the information I needed for the process. Perfect!



Bricklaying in Australia is a very well respected trade. There is a demand for bricklayers as Australia has a growing economy and an ageing population meaning our workforce is drying up. Bricklayers in Australia need to complete a four-year apprenticeship to obtain their certificate 111 in Bricklaying. (ANZSCO; 331111)

Bricklayers complete tasks in domestic, commercial or industrial work places. Most commonly bricklayers in Australia will work on a building site. Bricklayers lay bricks, pre-cut stone, concrete and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures. 

Bricklayers looking to migrate to Australia would need to be able to complete the following tasks:

  • Brick and block cutting
  • Cavity brick work.
  • Veneer work.
  • Multi thickness brickwork and blockwork.
  • Paving
  • Curved walls.
  • Retaining walls.
  • Steps.
  • Arches and chimneys.
  • Work from plans and specifications.
  • Check the vertical and horizontal alignment of work.
  • Use various tools and brick-cutting machines to cut and shape bricks.
  • Repair and maintain clay bricks, cement blocks/bricks and related structures.
  • Erect scaffolding (subject to licence requirements in some states).
  • Lay bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spread mortar between joints.
  • Construct walls using stone slabs and large masonry slab blocks.

During your Bricklaying Skills Assessment for Australia you will be required to prove many of the above tasks through your Stage 2 Application and your Technical Skype interview. If you require more information, please fill in the enquiry form and one of our experienced staff will be in touch with you as soon as possible.




Bricklaying in Australia is a very well paid Job. The demand for bricklayers to work in Australia has risen over the years. The Down Under Centre works with reputable recruitment companies and employers all over Australia - at present we have bricklaying jobs available in NSW, WA, Queensland and Melbourne for Australian qualified bricklayers. Many of our jobs are paying $35 per hour plus car expenses and overtime. Don’t forget if you are employed as an Australian bricklayer you are entitled to a pension, which is currently set at 9.5% of your wage.




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