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5 Campuses + Distance Learning, 218 Courses, 33 Subjects

4781 Certificate in Pattern Making and Garment Construction - Invercargill

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3

12 February to 22 June 2018


17 weeks full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 60

Students undertaking this course will learn how to sew a variety of garments and garment elements.  They will also learn how to construct garment pattern blocks and apply safe working practices for the apparel and textile industries.  Students will complete a first aid certificate as part of the programme.

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

US2834 Demonstrate knowledge of garment construction in a learning environment

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 

US2835      Construct pattern blocks for children's clothing     

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

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $809.90 (GST inclusive)

The direct material costs cover the fabric, tools and equipment students need to complete the requirements of the programme.

International Fees can be found here.

This programme offers valuable preparation for employment, 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).

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.

Language Requirements

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. 

  • IELTS test: Score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 61 or  higher (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or CAE with a score of 41 or higher
  • NZCEL: Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic

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.

Successful completion of this qualification provides a pathway for entry into the National Certificate in Clothing Manufacture (Level 4) or the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology).