To train, most masons enter a masonry certificate program or pursue an apprenticeship with an experienced mason. Students should have a high school diploma or GED certificate to enroll in a masonry program. To practice, masons must have at least four years of experience and in-depth knowledge of masonry practices.
Masons should be in good physical health to walk and lift blocks, bricks and stones. Cooperation with other construction professionals is necessary to meet specific goals. An important aspect of masonry is cost estimation; masons must be able to accurately evaluate the cost of masonry services and materials. They should be able to read construction blueprints and follow structural plans and safety regulations.