Those in the Masonry industry construct the backbone of much of today's modern infrastructure and are responsible for many of the historical structures that still exist today. A profession in the Masonry industry will leave a legacy of the effort, skill, and determination it takes to be a mason.

As a mason you will work with your hands in various environments from inside to outside, underground and underwater. In this trade you will build structural components and facades including walls, fireplaces, chimneys, industrial furnaces, kilns and other structures using brick, cement, cinder blocks, stone, and marble. As a mason, there are several areas of focus such as bricklayers, marble setters, terrazzo workers, tile setters, and finishers. The College of Western Idaho (CWI) Masonry apprenticeship program will prepare you for the brick, stone, and block setting portion of the masonry field.

The CWI Masonry apprenticeship program is your starting point for a rewarding career in a field that is in need of trained masons to fill the labor demand in residential, commercial, and industrial construction.

The Masonry apprenticeship program is a three year program that will take you from the foundational basics to being eligible for a national journeyman's certification in Masonry.

The CWI Masonry program includes:

  • 144 hours of classroom and lab instruction per year

To achieve the national journeyman's certification in masonry, you will complete 432 hours of classroom and lab training along with 4,800 hours of on-the-job experience during the three year program.

Be prepared to work in these areas of masonry:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial

Registration is open from July through October and is based on first come, first serve. So mark your calendars and register!

Class and Lab location:

Meridian High School (AG5 Building by the football field)
1900 W. Pine Ave.
Meridian, ID 83642


Workforce Development at College of Western Idaho (CWI) provides you high-quality, short-term training to boost your job skills, acquire new career skills, and earn the certificates you need. Take as many classes as you want in our short-term, credit free classes with no applications, no transcripts, and no hassle. Just sign up and watch your career take off.
Classes are offered at a variety of locations throughout western Idaho that are taught by knowledgeable professionals with years of experience in the topics they teach.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Safety
  • Tools of the trade
  • Blueprint reading
  • Bonding
  • Layout bonding
  • Ranging
  • Masonry geometry
  • Brick / Stone / Block Spacing
  • Estimating projects - material takeoff and plan assessment
  • Contractors
  • Residential, commercial, and industrial masonry
  • Hands-on training in a lab setting

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Certificate of Completion



Delivery Formats:

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • Register with the National Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training for your on-the-job apprentice hours to start

Minimum Age Requirement



Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.


  • Masonry Apprenticeship Program costs are $1,100 to $1,200 per year
  • Book costs will vary by year

Class costs and fees are subject to change without notice.


There are an assortment of scholarship opportunities available if you qualify to help cover some or all of the costs associated with classes offered through CWI Workforce Development. Call us at 208.562.2700 for more information.

Payment Options

CWI Workforce Development offers you multiple payment options to cover the cost of your program. For more information, visit Payment Options

Career Info

You will be prepared for a career in the masonry profession as a mason.


  • Mason brick layer
  • Mason stone layer
  • Mason block layer
  • Residential masonry
  • Commercial masonry
  • Industrial masonry
  • Masonry contractor
  • Construction


News and Blogs

On August 17, College of Western Idaho (CWI) Workforce Development (WD) is inviting the community to explore the in-demand careers available through training in the CWI apprenticeship programs. The College will host an...

College of Western Idaho (CWI) is accepting students for a new Masonry Apprenticeship program that is set to begin classes in October. CWI will accept 30 students into the first class of the three-year program. The College will host an open house on Sept. 29 for anyone interested in learning...

The Idaho Department of Labor awarded the College of Western Idaho (CWI) $25,000 that will fund a new masonry program through Workforce Development at the college. The grant will be instrumental in training future workforce for the masonry industry.

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