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EWPA Bricklaying

1 Day NVQ Level 2 Bricklaying EWPA

This EWPA (Experienced Worker Practical Assessment) is for experienced bricklayers who need their NVQ Level 2, this will allow you to get your blue CSCS card.

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£791.67 Ex VAT
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

Experienced Plasterers

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1 day EWPA Bricklaying Assessment.

This 1 day assessment is conducted at Goldtrowel, this can be completed any day of the week including weekends, you will be profiled by our assessor before booking (we recommend giving us a ring and having a chat), this is to ensure that you have the experience and skills required to achieve your NVQ via this route, you will be asked to complete paperwork we send to you, this will include a reference/s document, the assessment day will involve you proving your practical skills, by demonstrating the following traits, laying bricks / blocks (cavity), you will also have to correctly answer some written questions which will prove your knowledge in bricklaying and general construction, and finally at the end of your plastering assessment you will have a recorded discussion with your assessor, during which you will chat about your work career, after completing your bricklaying assessment you will receive your NVQ certificate in the post within 10 days. 

What you will gain from this course / Assessment.

  • Full NVQ Level 2 diploma qualification in Trowel Occupations (Bricklaying).
  • EWPA Portfolio.
  • No limitations to work.
  • Ability to obtain your Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card.
  • Customer confidence.
  • Emigration possibilities.

During profiling before booking this course, you will be asked about your work experiences and work history, the types of work you have done, if you have worked domestic, site, commercial or contract work, you need to be truthful with your answers, just because you do not have experience in some areas does not mean you cannot be assessed or unable to pass.

The assessment is based on five contributing items:

  • Employer endorsement (can be a builder you have worked for)
  • Practical assessment
  • Employer endorsement (can be builder you have worked for)
  • Practical assessment
  • Professional discussion (one to one with your assessor)

NVQ Level 2 Bricklaying Units

QCF 641 – Conforming to General Health, Safety and Welfare in the Workplace

QCF 642 – Conforming to Productive Working Practices in the Workplace

QCF 643 – Moving, Handling and Storing Resources in the Workplace

QCF 40v2 – Erecting Masonry Structures in the Workplace

QCF 41v2 – Setting Out Masonry Structures in the Workplace

QCF 50v2 – Repairing and Maintaining Masonry Structures in the Workplace

Note: the criteria for all EWPA learners includes:

  • being site experienced in all the stated skills of the qualification
  • have sufficient experience of the skills of the qualification, so that planning their working day, problem solving and decision making and working to deadlines (regarding your plastering) are a usual day to day activity
  • an ability to cope with the demands of an intensive practical assessment
  • an ability to work safely at all times
  • an ability to discuss their work activities with others
  • EWPA NVQ can only be attempted once, if unsuccessful you will have to apply via OSAT
Goldtrowel have a strong believe not to misguide learners, which is why its a good idea to talk to us before booking, we will always guide you to the best course regardless of cost or duration, its what`s right for you.

Frequently asked questions

Below are the most common questions that we get asked.

The ability to lay bricks and blocks to a DIY or home build standard. Also you will gain the vital information and knowledge that is paramount for your bricklaying to be built safely, and not have or develop faults or be dangerous.

Not a formal qualification. But you will get a Goldtrowel Certificate of training, this will list what aspects of bricklaying you have received in your training, and if you passed! there is no formal test, but your instructor will let you know if there any problems during training, the reality is that if you attend all your bricklaying days, and show your ability to apply these during training you will pass your certificate.

In short NO you should not. however this is not to say that you are unable to complete work to a standard that a customer might be happy to pay for, but we do not recommend or endorse anyone claiming to be a competent working bricklayer after just 1 weeks training.

No this course is a `hands on` practical plastering course. You will be in our bricklaying workshop throughout your course, we do have pre course paperwork available.

No, our course content is strategically designed to maximize your learning. But we do have other courses that specialise in just 1 or 2 traits of bricklaying, such as decorative walling or extension building.

We have a maximum of 10 people on this course. Although often there are 4 in each group of new starters, we have learnt from over 20 years of training, what group size works the best for the learner outcome.

The only thing you need to bring is suitable clothing. All tools and equipment are supplied for you during your plastering course, we only use quality tools and equipment.

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Perp = Perps are the end side of a brick.

Bed = This is the mortar that bricks and blocks sit in or 'bed in'.

Mortar = This the mix of either sand and cement or sometimes lime that holds the bricks or blocks together. 

Air brick = A brick with perforations to allow the passage of air through a wall. Usually used to permit the ventilation of underfloor areas.

Bat = A cut brick. A quarter bat is one-quarter the length of a stretcher. A half-bat is one-half.[1]

Bullnose = Rounded edges are useful for window sills, and capping on low and freestanding walls.

Cant = A header that is angled at less than 90 degrees.

Closer = A cut brick used to change the bond at quoins. Commonly a quarter bat.

Queens closer = A brick that has been cut over its length and is a stretcher long and a quarter-bat deep. Commonly used to bond one brick walls at right-angled quoins.

Kings closer = A brick that has been cut diagonally over its length to show a half-bat at one end and nothing at the other.

Coralent = A brick or block pattern that exhibits a unique interlocking pattern.

Corbel = A brick, block, or stone that oversails the main wall.

Cramp = Or frame cramp is a tie used to secure a window or door frame.

Creasing tile = A flat clay tile laid as a brick to form decorative features or waterproofing to the top of a garden wall.

Dog leg = A brick that is specially made to bond around internal acute angles. Typically 60 or 45 degrees.

Dog tooth = A course of headers where alternate bricks project from the face.

Fire wall = A wall specifically constructed to compartmentalise a building in order to prevent fire spread.

Header = A brick laid flat with its width exposed

Honeycomb wall = A wall, usually stretcher bond, in which the vertical joints are opened up to the size of a quarter bat to allow air to circulate. Commonly used in sleeper walls.

Indent = A hole left in a wall in order to accommodate an adjoining wall at a future date. These are often left to permit temporary access to the work area.

Movement joint = A straight joint formed in a wall to contain compressible material, in order to prevent cracking as the wall contracts or expands.

Noggin = Infill brick panels in timber framework buildings

Party wall = A wall shared by two properties or parties.

Pier = A free-standing section of masonry such as pillar or panel.

Plinth = A stretcher that is angled at less than 90 degrees.

Quoin = A corner in masonry.

Racking back = Stepping back the bond as the wall increases in height in order to allow the work to proceed at a future date.

Rowlock = A brick laid on the long narrow side with the short end of the brick exposed

Sailor = A brick laid vertically with the broad face of the brick exposed

Saw tooth = A course of headers laid at a 45-degree angle to the main face.

Shear wall = A wall designed to give way in the event of structural failure in order to preserve the integrity of the remaining building.

Shiner = A brick laid on the long narrow side with the broad face of the brick exposed

Sleeper wall = A low wall whose function is to provide support, typically to floor joists.

Slip = A thin cut of brick, sometimes referred to as a tile[2]- used on internal spaces or in cladding systems.

Snapped header = A half-bat laid to appear as a header. Commonly used to build short-radii half-brick walls or decorative features.

Soldier = A brick laid vertically with its long narrow side exposed

Squint = A brick that is specially made to bond around external quoins of obtuse angles. Typically 60 or 45 degrees.

Stopped end = The end of a wall that does not abut any other component.

Stretcher = A brick laid flat with its long narrow side exposed

Toothing = The forming of a temporary stopped end in such a way as to allow the bond to continue at a later date as the work proceeds.

Tumbling in = Bonding a battered buttress or breast into a horizontal wall.

Voussoir = A supporting brick in an arch, usually shaped to ensure that the joints appear even.

Withe = The central wall dividing two shafts. Most commonly to divide flues within a chimney.

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