Lay bricks and blocks to a line

Business Sectors (Suites): Bricklaying
Developed by: Construction Skills
Approved on: 11 Feb 2019


This standard is about laying bricks and blocks to line and forming a joint finish,  interpreting information, adopting safe, healthy and environmentally responsible work practices, and selecting, preparing and using materials, components, tools and equipment

This standard is for people working in the occupational area of Trowel Occupations and can be used by operatives, supervisors and managers

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 interpret the given information relating to the work and resources to confirm its relevance

P2 comply with the given, relevant legislation and official guidance to carry out your work and maintain safe and healthy work practices

P3 select the required quantity and quality of resources for the methods of work

P4 comply with organisational procedures to minimise the risk of damage to the work and surrounding area

P5 comply with the given contract information to carry out the work efficiently to the required specification

P6 complete the work within the allocated time, in accordance with the programme of work

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Performance Criteria 1

Interpretation of information

K1 the organisational procedures developed to report and rectify inappropriate information and unsuitable resources, and how they are implementedK2 the types of i*nformation, their source and how they are interpretedK3 the organisational procedures to solve *problems with the information and why it is important they are followed

Performance Criteria 2

Safe work practices

K4 the level of understanding operatives must have of information for relevant, current legislation and official guidance and how it is appliedK5 how emergencies should be responded to and who should respondK6 the organisational security procedures for tools, equipment and personal belongingsK7 what the accident reporting procedures are and who is responsible for making the reportK8 why, when and how health and safety control equipment should be usedK9 how to comply with environmentally responsible work practices to meet current legislation and official guidance


Performance Criteria 3**

Selection of resources

K10 the characteristics, quality, uses, sustainability, limitations and defects associated with the resources and how defects should be rectifiedK11 how the resources should be used and how any problems associated with the resources are reportedK12 the organisational procedures to select resources, why they have been developed and how they are usedK13 the hazards associated with the resources and methods of work and how they are overcome

Performance Criteria 4

Minimise the risk of damage

K14 how to protect work from damage and the purpose of protectionK15 why disposal of waste should be carried out safely and how it is achieved

Performance Criteria 5

Meet the contract specification

K16 how methods of work, to meet the specification, are carried out and problems reportedK17 how maintenance of tools and equipment is carried out

Performance Criteria 6

Allocated time

K18 what the programme is for the work to be carried out in the estimated, allocated time and why deadlines should be kept


Performance Criteria 1

1 interpretation of drawings, specifications, schedules, method statements, risk assessments and manufacturers' information related to the work to be carried out

Performance Criteria 2

2 avoidance of risk by complying with the given information relating to at least four of the following2.1 methods of work2.2 safe use of health and safety control equipment2.3 safe use of access equipment2.4 safe use, storage and handling of materials, tools and equipment2.5 specific risks to health

Performance Criteria 3

3 selection of resources associated with own work3.1 materials, components and fixings3.2 tools and equipment

Performance Criteria 4

4 protection of the work and its surrounding area from damage5 maintain a clear and tidy work space6 disposal of waste in accordance with current legislation

Performance Criteria 5

7 demonstration of work skills to measure, mark out, level, plumb and lay8 use and maintain hand and power tools, and equipment9 lay to line only and joint finish as required for at least two of the following to given working instructions9.1 brickwork9.2 blockwork9.3 thin bed blocks9.4 local meterials

Performance Criteria 6

10 completion of own work within the estimated, allocated time to meet the needs of other occupations and/or client

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge

Disposal of waste

1 environmental responsibilities, organisational procedures, manufacturers' information, statutory regulations and official guidance


2 operative's response to situations in accordance with organisational authorisation and personal skills when involved with2.1 fires, spillages, injuries2.2 emergencies relating to occupational activities


**3 those identified by risk assessment, methods of work, manufacturers' technical information, statutory regulations and official guidance

Health and safety control equipment

4 identified by the principles of prevention for occupational use, types and purpose of each type, work situations and general work environment4.1 collective protective measures4.2 personal protective equipment (PPE)4.3 respiratory protective equipment (RPE)4.4 local exhaust ventilation (LEV)


5 drawings, specifications, current legislation, schedules, method statements, risk assessments, manufacturers' information, oral and written instructions, sketches, electronic data, official guidance and current regulations associated with laying bricks, blocks and local materials to line


Legislation and official guidance**

6 this relates to the operative's responsibilities regarding potential accidents, health hazards and the environment whilst working in the workplace, below ground level, in confined spaces, at height, with tools and equipment, with materials and substances, with movement and storage of materials by manual handling and mechanical lifting


7 operative care of hand and power tools, and equipment

Methods of work

8 application of knowledge for safe and healthy work practices, procedures and skills relating to the method and area of work and materials used to8.1 lay to line common and facing bricks, blocks and thin joint blocks8.2 lay to line local materials8.3 identify types of bricks and blocks8.4  position, fix and bed damp-proof barriers, cloak systems and cavity trays8.5 form and maintain the integrity of cavities8.6 position, bond and tape insulation materials8.7 ​position and secure wall ties including spacing, particularly around openings and movement joints8.8 form and install weep holes and vents8.9 form a joint finish, including using mechanical pointing systems8.10 recognise and determine when specialist skills and knowledge are required and report accordingly8.11 identify and follow the installation quality requirements8.12 work with, around and in close proximity to plant and machinery 8.13 use hand and power tools, and equipment 8.14 work at height 8.15 use access equipment9 team work and communication10 needs of other occupations associated with laying bricks, blocks and local materials to line


**11 those arising from information, resources and methods of work11.1 own authority to rectify11.2 organisational reporting procedures


12 types of productivity targets and time scales13 how times are estimated14 organisational procedures for reporting circumstances which will affect the work programme

Protect work

15 protect work against damage from general workplace activities, other occupations and adverse weather conditions


16 materials, components and equipment relating to types, quantity, quality, sizes and the sustainability of standard and/or specialist16.1 bricks, blocks, mortar, thin joint mixes, wall ties, damp proof courses, damp proof membranes, cloak systems, cavity trays and insulation16.2 fittings and fixings16.3 hand and power tools, and equipment17 confirm resources and materials conform with the specification18 methods of calculating quantity, volume, length, area and wastage of materials associated with the method and procedure to lay bricks, blocks and local materials to line

Security procedures

19 site, workplace, company, operative and vehicles





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Indicative Review Date

11 Feb 2022





Originating Organisation


Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Bricklayers and Mason

SOC Code



Common-bricks; Facing-bricks; Damp-proof course; DPC; Damp-proof membrane; Thin-joint; Mortar; Wall-ties; Joint-finish