Certificate III in Stonemasonry (Monumental/Installation)

This qualification is designed to meet the needs of stonemasons working with sandstone, limestone, marble and other types of stone and stone products to produce stone monuments, buildings and building components, such as walls, floors, arches, chimneys, stairs, windows, decorative mouldings, fireplaces and benchtops.

Occupational titles may include:

Construction mason



The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as a specialist field of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

30 units of competency:

21 core units

9 elective units.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and are to be chosen as follows:

9 units from the elective units listed below

2 of the units may be chosen from other Certificate III qualifications in add topic CPC08 or another current Training Package or accredited course.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCCCA3002A

Carry out setting out

add topic CPCCCA3023A

Carry out levelling operations

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2002A

Carry out excavation

add topic CPCCCM2005B

Use construction tools and equipment

add topic CPCCCM2008B

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCCO2013A

Carry out concreting to simple forms

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

add topic CPCCST2003A

Finish stone

add topic CPCCST2004A

Lay stone

add topic CPCCST2006A

Identify and use stone products

add topic CPCCST3001A

Dress and mould stone

add topic CPCCST3002A

Shape solid stone

add topic CPCCST3003A

Split stone manually

add topic CPCCST3004A

Dress stone manually

add topic CPCCST3006A

Machine stone

add topic CPCCST3022A

Carry out profile work

Elective units

add topic BSBSMB301

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406

Manage small business finances

add topic CPCCBL3016A

Construct battered masonry walls and piers

add topic CPCCCA3014A

Construct bulkheads

add topic CPCCCM2007B

Use explosive power tools

add topic CPCCCM2009A

Carry out basic demolition

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCJN2001A

Assemble components

add topic CPCCJN2003A

Package manufactured products for transport

add topic CPCCPA3001A

Prepare subgrade, base and bedding course for segmental paving

add topic CPCCPA3002A

Lay segmental pavers

add topic CPCCPA3003A

Cut segmental pavers

add topic CPCCST2005A

Carry out load slinging of off-site materials

add topic CPCCST3007A

Turn stone

add topic CPCCST3009A

Use computer-controlled static machinery to produce stone components

add topic CPCCST3010A

Set out and cut letters in stone

add topic CPCCST3011A

Plan monument construction

add topic CPCCST3012A

Build stone veneer walls

add topic CPCCST3013A

Carry out cemetery monument fixing

add topic CPCCST3014A

Set and anchor stone facades

add topic CPCCST3015A

Apply gilding to stone

add topic CPCCST3016A

Build solid stonemasonry walls

add topic CPCCST3017A

Construct stone arches

add topic CPCCST3018A

Inlay lead to stone

add topic CPCCST3019A

Lay stonemasonry stairs

add topic CPCCST3020A

Produce reconstituted stone

add topic CPCCST3021A

Renovate and restore stone work


    This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

    Refer to CPSISC website for further career and pathway information: http://www.cpsisc.com.au/career

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Check with relevant state and territory licensing and regulatory authorities. State and Territory jurisdictions may have different regulatory requirements for work carried out on heritage structures.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Codes and standards

Environmental and work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including safety data sheets (SDS)

Organisational policies and procedures

Plans and drawings

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Safety signs and symbols


Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Records relevant information using standard workplace documentation

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and uses the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes necessary remedial action

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Performs routine maintenance as required

Checks materials and products for conformity to specifications

Carries out data input adjustments

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Determines material quantity requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements


Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely