Certificate III in Stonemasonry

Course Code CPC32320


  • Part Time
  • 4 years
  • On Campus
  • Chadstone

This course is not available for International Students


The Certificate III in Stonemasonry provides comprehensive training for stonemasonry apprentices, covering both practical and theoretical aspects of the trade. Stonemasonry is the trade of shaping pieces of rock into accurate geometrical shapes, which are then constructed together to form structures.

Career Opportunities

  • stonemason
  • landscaper

Pathway to further studies

  • CPC40120 Certificate IV in Building and Construction
  • CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction

Studying the Certificate III in Stonemasonry at Holmesglen

Our training includes the latest skills required of stonemasons, such as laminating, edge polishing, drop downs, and sink cut-outs. We also provide you with training in traditional skills such as monumental, architectural and construction.<p>In consultation with your employer, we can provide the streaming of skills required by each aspect of the trade, reducing the time you need to spend on campus.<p>Recent changes in the stonemasonry industry have included the huge growth in kitchen bench tops using engineered and natural stone. This has led to a skills shortage for businesses specialising in bench tops and other commercial work.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible, students must be at least 16 years of age.<p>You must have a training agreement with a registered employer from a relevant industry.
Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview. These will assist in determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure

Unit code Unit name
CPCCWHS2001 Apply WHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
CPCCOM1013 Plan and organise work
CPCCOM1012 Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
CPCCOM1015 Carry out measurements and calculations
CPCCOM1014 Conduct workplace communication
CPCCCM2012 Work safely at heights
CPCCST3003 Spilt stone manually
CPCCST2007 Use stonemasonry tools, plant and equipment
CPCCST2003 Finish stone
CPCCCM2006 Apply basic levelling procedures
CPCCOM2001 Read and interpret plans and specifications
CPCCST3001 Dress and mould stone
CPCCCA3002 Carry out setting out
CPCCST3004 Dress stone manually
CPCCST2004 Lay stone
CPCCST3002 Shape solid stone
CPCCST3010 Set out and cut letters in stone
CPCCST2006 Identify and use stone products
CPCCST3006 Machine stone
CPCCST3022 Carry out profile work
CPCCCM2008 Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
Unit code Unit name
CPCCST3013 Carry out cemetery monument fixing
CPCCBL3016 Construct battered masonry walls and piers
CPCCBL3017 Carry out tuck pointing and repointing to masonry
CPCCST3023 Apply drawing principles to stonemasonry
CPCCST3025 Carry out basic stonemasonry demolition
CPCCST3019 Lay stonemasonry stairs
CPCCST3017 Construct stone arches
CPCCST3021 Restore stone work
CPCCST3024 Apply conservation principles and practices to heritage stonework


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


A training contract must be completed by the employer and apprentice within the first two weeks of employment.<br>A representative from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will visit the workplace to complete the training contract with the employer and the apprentice. <br><a href="https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/">Visit australianapprenticeships.gov.au </a> for more information.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.


Qualification and Recognition

On completion, you will receive the nationally accredited CPC32320 Certificate III in Stonemasonry.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Gov. subsidised Apprenticeship $3,381
Concession $677

Additional Course Cost

Students will be required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when undertaking practical activities and attending site visits. The personal protective equipment and course materials students will be required to supply are: <br>Safety boots (steel capped, ankle height) Safety pants <br>Work shirt Safety glasses <br>Safety gloves (when handling building materials) Earmuffs/ear plugs for ear protection <br>Dust respirator to P2/P3 standard Knee pads <br>Hat and sunscreen for sun protection Fold-out ruler Notebook, HB Pencil, blue or black pen, eraser <br>BYO Device-Laptop $400 <br>The total cost of these items is between $800 - $900 <br>If additional safety equipment is required, it will be supplied by the Institute.

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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