Stonemasonry at TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute
Although Stonemasonry is a dying art in Australia it is still alive and well and taught at South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.
Certificate III in Stonemasonry gives the apprentices the skills and knowledge to work as a stonemason. They learn about different types of stone, and how to split, shape, lay, finish and dress stone using hand tools and machinery. They learn about all types of stonework for commercial, industrial and domestic projects, including new construction, maintenance and repair, additions and alterations, conservation, restoration and heritage work. They are taught how to read plans and specifications, and how to measure and calculate materials and cost jobs. Additionally the course teaches them about occupational health and safety, including working on scaffolding, and how to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues.
SWSi’s Miller College is the only Institute in NSW that offers the course. It is a State Centre of Excellence in Stonemasonry.