How to become a Stonemason

Stonemasons cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs for the construction and renovation of stone structures and monumental masonry (stonework for cemeteries).

Personal requirements of a Stonemason

  • Enjoy practical work
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Able to work at heights
  • Able to work with your hands
  • Self-motivated
  • Aptitude for technical drawing and working with computers is an advantage

Education & Training for a Stonemason

To become a stonemason you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,200

Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 30.1%

NT 0.5%

QLD 13.9%

SA 7.4%

TAS 1.5%

VIC 19%

WA 26.9%

Hours worked:

39.4

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Proportion of male workers 99.7%

Proportion of female workers 0.3%

Education level:

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 10: 7.1%

Proportion of workers who have not completed Year 12: 11.8%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is secondary school: 7.1%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 73.9%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Proportion of workers whose highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Proprortion of workers aged below 35 years: 39.1%

Proportion of workers aged above 35 years: 60.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
In some states and territories, stonemasons must either be accredited as or work under the supervision of a registered building practitioner. All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC).
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