New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry)

Learn how to design and construct stone features, work with various types of stone and schist, and be introduced to many traditional and modern stonework styles. When you graduate, you’ll be able to work unsupervised as a qualified Stonemason.

Domestic

Duration
2 Years Full-time
Level
4
Credits
220
Fees
$12,705*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
On campus
Location
Cromwell
Intakes
February

International

Duration
2 Years Full-time
Level
4
Credits
220
Fees
$46,985*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
On campus
Location
Cromwell
Intakes
February

What You Study

Courses

Covering a wide range of skills, this programme will furnish you with a high level of competence in designing and constructing stone features. Focused on the use of Central Otago schist, you will also learn about suitable application of other types of stone and are introduced to many traditional and modern stonework styles. Extensive practical work and work experience is included in the qualification to develop your applied knowledge and experience.

Indicative content – Year One

Construction Stonemasonry Career Insights and Orientation (Level 4, 15 credits)

Learn to identify professional working practices within the construction stonemasonry industry.

  • Outline the roles, responsibilities and professional work practices of the construction stonemasonry industry. 
  • Identify factors in the selection and use of stone materials in New Zealand.
  • Recognise the health, safety and legislative considerations that apply to the New Zealand stonemasonry industry.
  • Identify the basic requirements of being self-employed in the New Zealand stonemasonry industry.

Dry Stone Techniques (Level 4, 15 credits)

Develop the fundamental skills required to construct a basic dry stone project.

  • Identify basic dry stone construction methods within construction stonemasonry.
  • Select stone appropriate for basic dry stone construction stonemasonry.
  • Apply basic dry stone construction methods. 

Stone Flooring and Paving (Level 4, 15 credits)

Develop the basic skills required to set out and lay a basic paving project to specifications.

  • Establish site and material needs for stone flooring/paving.
  • Prepare and set out for stone flooring/paving.
  • Select, lay and finish stone flooring/paving.

Landscape Techniques (Level 4, 15 credits)

Develop the fundamental skills required to construct a basic landscaping project to meet specifications.

  • Plan a basic landscaping project to meet all specifications and requirements.
  • Set out and prepare a site for landscaping to project specification.
  • Construct basic landscaping stonework to project specification.

Legislation (Level 4, 15 credits)

Learn how to identify and practically apply legislation relevant to construction stonemasonry.

  • Identify and locate legislation relevant to construction stonemasonry.
  • Apply legislation relevant to construction stonemasonry.

Drawings and Specifications (Level 4, 15 credits)

Develop the skills required to interpret and apply working drawings and specifications for a stonemasonry project.

  • Identify key components of working drawings and specifications for construction stonemasonry.
  • Read and interpret working drawings and specifications for construction stonemasonry.
  • Apply working drawings and specifications to construction stonemasonry.

Veneer Techniques (Level 4, 15 credits)

Develop the fundamental skills required to construct a basic stone veneer project to meet specifications.

  • Describe the attributes and elements of stone veneer.
  • Establish site and material needs for a basic veneer wall.
  • Construct a basic veneer wall to a specification. 

Repair and Refurbishment (Level 4, 10 credits)

Learn how to apply the appropriate methods of repair and refurbishment within a stonemasonry project.

  • Identify and assess repair and refurbishment options for construction stonemasonry.
  • Apply methods to repair and refurbish stonework.
Indicative content – Year Two

Applied Veneer Stonemasonry Construction (Level 4, 30 credits)

Learn how to construct veneer stonemasonry to meet project specifications in a commercially viable manner.

  • Plan veneer stonemasonry work to project specification.  
  • Coordinate veneer stonemasonry construction to project specification.
  • Construct veneer stonemasonry to project specification.

Applied Landscape Stonemasonry (Level 4, 15 credits)

Gain the skills required to construct landscaping stonemasonry to meet project outcomes.

  • Plan landscape stonemasonry and architectural features to meet project outcomes.
  • Coordinate landscape and architectural features to meet project outcomes.
  • Construct landscape and architectural features to meet project outcomes.

Applied Stone Flooring/Paving (Level 4, 15 credits)

Discover how to construct a stone flooring and paving project to meet project outcomes.

  • Plan stone flooring/paving to meet project outcomes.
  • Establish site for stone flooring/paving to meet project outcomes.
  • Construct a stone flooring/paving project to meet project outcomes. 

Capstone Portfolio (Level 4, 45 credits)

Gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to work as a commercially competent construction stonemason.

  • Select and use materials in a variety of construction stonemasonry contexts.
  • Plan and carry out construction stonemasonry across the veneer, landscaping, and flooring/paving contexts. 
  • Self-manage on-going learning and work unsupervised in a professional, sustainable, and commercially viable manner.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply a broad practical, working knowledge of the fundamentals required in the stonemasonry trade.
  • Plan and carry out all aspects of construction stonemasonry work including consents, creation, installation, and repair and refurbishment of different stonemasonry elements.
  • Operate to the required safety, technical, quality, and productivity standards expected in a commercial stonemasonry environment.
  • Self-manage on-going learning and supervise the learning of others with a responsibility to maintain the professional standards of the stonemasonry industry. 

Workload

Your workload

This programme is a two-year path of study with the opportunity for the second year to be in work so you can earn as you learn. The focus of the programme is very practical and there are limited reading and writing assignment requirements. Classes run Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm.

This programme involves outdoor working, use of hand tools and the manual handling of heavy materials. You should find the workload easy to manage, as long as you are fairly physically fit. 

Entry

Skills needed for working in this area

  • To be motivated and efficient
  • To be fit, healthy and strong
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • There are no academic entry requirements.
English Language requirements

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Please note: This programme involves outdoor work, use of hand tools and the manual handling of heavy materials. You should find it fairly easy to manage, as long as you're fairly physically fit.

Selection process

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order that they applied.

Want your existing skills recognised?

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, please ask us about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification and could achieve it in a shorter timeframe. Please email info@op.ac.nz or call 0800 762 786.

Fees

Domestic fees

First year
Standard
$6,614
Second year
Standard
$6,091

International fees

First year
Standard
$24,534
Second year
Standard
$22,451

Additional costs

You are required to provide and wear protective safety footwear to attend practical classes. You will be provided with all small tools, specialised equipment and safety glasses. 

Multi-year fees

The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.

Application

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014
Email: info@op.ac.nz