Otago Polytechnic



Whether it's building or designing, planning or project management, we've got a construction programme for you. Construction has also been included in the government’s new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), which means it's fully funded until 2022.


New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Dunedin and Central Otago
  • One year
  • Level 3
  • Starts Jan, Feb, March and July 2021 (in Dunedin) | Feb 2022 (in Central Otago)
  • Apply now (all 2021 Dunedin intakes are full)

Gain the work-ready skills you need to enter the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter working under supervision With additional training and/or experience, you could go on to further roles including a carpenter, junior and senior foreperson and self-employment. During your studies you will enjoy hands-on training in our workshops and the chance to be involved in real-world, community-based building projects – which will lead to you gaining knowledge about health and safety, trade calculations and hand tools.

New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Dunedin and Central
  • Three and a half to four years
  • Level 4
  • Starts flexible
  • Apply Now - contact Carpentry@op.ac.nz

Want to become a carpenter, site supervisor, building project manager, construction firm owner or self-employed builder? Learn from professionals and gain sought after skills with a carpentry apprenticeship pathway brought to you by Otago Polytechnic and Industry Training Association Building (ITAB).

New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Central Otago
  • Two years
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply until start date

There is a strong demand nationally and internationally for people who can veneer houses in stone and build stone features, and we can help you become a specialist in this field. Through extensive practical training and work experience, this programme will give you the practical skills and knowledge required to work unsupervised as a stonemason.

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) or (Quantity Surveying): Fully-funded via TTAF

  • Dunedin or Auckland
  • Quantity Surveying: Two years full-time or four years part-time; Construction Management: Four years part-time alongside employment in the industry
  • Level 6
  • Starts Dunedin: February (full-time/part-time) and July (part-time); Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
  • Apply anytime

Want to join a team of construction professionals to see the realisation of commercial or residential construction projects? This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and industrial, academic and professional bodies to ensure graduates are highly competent and industry-ready.