Certificate in Pattern Making and Garment Construction

Qualification Certificate in Pattern Making and Garment Construction
Level 3



17 weeks full time

Location Invercargill

Course Outline

Those undertaking this course will learn how to sew a variety of garments and garment elements.  They will also learn how to develop a variety of patterns from block method and learn the health and safety requirements of the industry.  Students will also undertake a first aid certificate as part of the programme.  This programme offers valuable preparation for employment or further training in the fashion industry or further study such as the level 4 National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture or the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology).

Course Content

US17817     Assemble and sew a complete garment form cut components

US17818     Sew collars on garments

US17819     Sew pockets in garments

US17820     Sew sleeves in garments

US17821     Sew zips in garments

US17914     Demonstrate knowledge of workplace practice in the apparel or textile industry

US17915     Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices in the apparel or textile industry           

US13388     Construct pattern blocks for men's outerwear

US13387     Construct blocks for women's outerwear

US2844      Design women's structured jackets

US2831      Manipulate a pattern block for women's structured outerwear to produce a pattern

US26551     Provide first aid for life threatening conditions

US26552     Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to construct garment pattern blocks and assemble a range of garments.  They will be able to apply knowledge and skills of safe working practices within the apparel and textile industries.  This programme leads to employment in the clothing manufacture industry, or to further study such as SIT's National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture  or Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology).

Application Criteria

All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in clothing manufacturing and have academic attributes which indicate they have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.  Applicants should be a minimum of 16 years of age, with a minimum of three years secondary education.  Mature students are welcome to apply.

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below. 

Programme Level

IELTS test

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations


Certificate at

Level 3

Score of 5

with no band score lower than 5

Score of 500

(with an essay score of 4


Score of 61 or higher

(with a writing score of 20)



CAE with a score of 41 or higher

Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed this programme, and be eligible for award of the qualification Certificate in Pattern Making and Garment Construction they must have:

  • Attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme.
  • Completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments.   
  • Successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards and/or local unit, and achieved a total of 60 credits.


In addition, the National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Basic Garment Assembly) will be awarded by NZQA on attainment of 51 credits as specified, upon verification of the graduate's NZQA official record of learning, and upon the student's application to NZQA.


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