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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Mason/Masonry - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8293)

Course Category: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
September 2011 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify masonry lab tools and equipment; read and use a modular and spacing rule; mark and use a story pole to gauge work; secure mason's line to line blocks, pins, and line stretchers; discuss and set a trig properly; use a hammer and chisel to cut block and brick; demonstrate proper trowel techniques and masonry joiners; identify various cutting blades for a masonry saw; safely operate a gas cut-off saw, a mortar mixer, and a masonry saw; identify different types of masonry fasteners and reinforcements and  brick types and bonds; lay out proper dry bond of a brick wall; lay brick to the line; install window and door openings in brick walls (jambs) and flashing for windows and doors; install weep holes/vents and a soldier course; lay a brick and block composite wall; build brick columns; construct a brick veneer wall and a brick cavity wall; corbel a brick wall and clean a brick wall; lay a course of rowlocks; lay a course of headers; construct a brick rack back lead; construct a 4-inch brick inside and outside corner; identify different types of masonry fasteners and reinforcements and construct various block types and bonds; lay block to the line; construct a brick ledge using various size block; discuss and install a control joint; install window and door openings in block walls; set lintels; construct block piers; parge a block wall; construct a jamb block lead, an inside corner block lead, and an outside corner block lead; explain and use personal protective equipment and safety practices; demonstrate safe use and care of masonry hand tools and a mortar mixer; erect and dismantle steel tubular scaffolding within OSHA guidelines; place material and stock scaffolding properly; outline MSDS information; identify types of blueprint plans; read and interpret blueprint plans; lay a building out using a builder's level; square a building using the 3-4-5 Pythagorean Theorem; describe various types of mortars and their characteristics; mix mortar by hand and with a power mixer; demonstrate procedures for tempering mortar; construct a brick chimney and a block chimney; install flashing on chimneys; identify parts of a chimney and fireplace; discuss arch terminology; identify types of arches; estimate brick masonry work and block masonry work; and estimate mortar for brick and block. Performance Component: Job Layout (12%); Construct Block Wall (44%); Construct a Brick Veneer (44%).


This exam assesses individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Construction (11/13) (9/15 revalidation) (9/20 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.