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Study Construction at SIT

Construction students at SITSIT's Construction courses and trades programmes are second to none. With a focus on ensuring our graduates are equipped with skills the industry is looking for, our courses combine classroom learning with practical work and employer-based work experience.

The Construction workshop is part of a new million dollar Trades Facility at the SIT Invercargill campus, meaning students are working in an up-to-the-minute environment with leading edge equipment. Construction programmes at our Queenstown and Christchurch campuses are similarly well-equipped, and construction pre-trade classes actually build a three bedroom transportable house, which is great work experience leading into a building apprenticeship.

Boost your chances of getting an apprenticeship, the best jobs and promotions with our part-time and full-time construction and trades courses. Build yourself a smarter future!

Programmes in Construction

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Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*






Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

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Construction Courses

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One year full time (3 days in class, 2 days work experience)

The Certificate in Construction course covers carpentry theory, elementary construction skills, health and safety, drawing and practical construction skills.  Every class builds a house from scratch, with practical sessions being alternated with classroom learning.  Classes are 3 days per week and students are encouraged to seek work experience with an employer for the other 2 days.  This course allows students to work through a lot of the theory units required for their building apprenticeship, which should help them get through their apprenticeship faster.

Course Details

12 weeks

This Level 2 course provides a pathway for students to enter into a range of trade-related occupations.  It focuses on giving students practical skills for construction as they build a house on-site at SIT.  There will be some trade calculations and drawing but the course is 90% practical. 

Course Details

STAR students use the same construction workshop that our pre-trade students work in so they are able to see first-hand the types of projects that are carried out by the full-time students. Health and Safety Policy requires that students have steel capped boots in these workshops.

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