Craft training is performed through the International Masonry Training and Education Foundation (IMTEF).

Historic Masonry Certification Program

As the list of historic building and structures continues to increase, so does the demand for masons who have the necessary skill and knowledge to preserve them.  The HMPC has been developed to better equip BAC members with an understanding of traditional materials and methods with exposure to advancements in preservation technology.  This base knowledge of historic masonry preservation will enable our craftworkers to maintain a competitive edge in this ever growing market.

Core Modules
  • Fundamentals of Historic Preservation
  • Introduction to Architecture
  • Introduction to Materials/Deterioration
  •  Building Technology
  • Historic Structure & Condition Reports
Additional Training Modules
  • Brick Restoration
  • Terra Cotta Restoration
  • Stone Restoration/Dutchman Repair
  • Concrete Restoration
  • Historic Mortars: Materials, Removal & Pointing Techniques
  • Masonry Cleaning
  • Mold Making and Casting
  • Caulking/Sealants
  • Consolidants/Coatings
  • Pinning & Grout Injection
  • General Safety Awareness Training
SAMPLE SPECIFICATION LANGUAGE FOR Historic Masonry Certification Program

*accompanying specification language:

Option 1:
“Superintendent and foreman for work in this section assigned to this project shall each have a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience with this type of repair work an
International Masonry Institute Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate (or equal) and to provide evidence of certification prior to the start of the project. References of
projects they have completed shall be submitted to the Architect by the successful
bidder. The project superintendent and foreman assigned to this project shall not be
changed throughout the duration of the work without written request to and consent of
the Architect.”

Option 2:
“All team members of the Masonry Contractor Bidder will be required to have an
International Masonry Institute Historic Masonry Preservation Certificate (or equal) and to provide evidence of prior certification or a statement of the firm’s commitment to enroll in and initiate a training program relevant to the scope of work prior to the start of the project. (BAC/IMI National Training Center Program Contact 1-800-IMI-0988)”

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is a strategic alliance between the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers and the contractors who employ those members. Through education, technical support, research and training the IMI works to provide a more efficient construction delivery system.