- Open entry.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
- Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum of NCEA Level 1 and four years of secondary education OR the National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades Skills (BCATS) (Level 2) programme.
Note: The BCATS programme is offered through trades academy, secondary schools and some private training establishments.
You will study
Trade Skills 1 (15 credits)
Develop preliminary skills and knowledge for working in the construction industry.
Trade Skills 2 (30 credits)
Enhance your trade skills knowledge and gain practical experience on a construction site or in a construction-related industry.
Foundations (15 credits)
Learn how to set out and prepare to construct foundation structures (up to and including floor level) using specified materials.
Structures (30 credits)
Gain an understanding of how to construct walls and roofs using specified materials.
Exterior Claddings (15 credits)
Develop an understanding of how to install external cladding and roofing to a structure using specified materials.
Interior Lining (15 credits)
Learn how to install interior linings, trim, fixtures and fittings using specified materials while working with others in a safe working environment.
This is a list of the equipment you'll need for the programme. You'll need some of it before you start so make sure you read through the information carefully.
Equipment can be bought with your course-related costs through StudyLink and assistance is also available through WINZ.
This is how your study year will look. It shows when you're on work experience and when the programme breaks are:
On-site class timetable hours are Monday to Thursday, 8.30am-4.30pm, Friday's required when doing work experience as per employers working hours.
You are required to complete at least six weeks of work experience and up to three hours of additional self-directed study a week.
Classes are held in L Block, 100 Anzac Avenue. Click here for a map.
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While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.