New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry) Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand



Course info


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.

This hands-on programme gives you extensive training and work experience. You will gain the practical skills and knowledge required to work unsupervised as a stonemason.

Further career options may include site management, sub-contracting, business ownership, landscape architecture, sales and stone procurement, or sculpture.

Skills required

  • To be motivated and efficient
  • To be fit, healthy and strong
  • Good communication and people skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills.

Graduate outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply a broad practical, working knowledge of the fundamentals required in the stonemasonry trade.
  • Plan and carry out all aspects of construction stonemasonry work including consents, creation, installation, and repair and refurbishment of different stonemasonry elements.
  • Operate to the required safety, technical, quality, and productivity standards expected in a commercial stonemasonry environment.
  • Self-manage on-going learning and supervise the learning of others with a responsibility to maintain the professional standards of the stonemasonry industry.

Your workload

This programme is a two-year path of study. The focus of the programme is very practical and there are limited reading and writing assignment requirements. Classes run Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm. Practical days can be longer if you are working on construction or restoration projects away from the campus. In Year Two there may be workplace learning opportunities.

This programme involves outdoor working, use of hand tools and the manual handling of heavy materials. You should find the workload easy to manage, as long as you are fairly physically fit.

You will study: Covering a wide range of skills, this programme will furnish you with a high level of competence in designing and constructing stone features. Focused on the use of Central Otago schist or stone from the Auckland region depending on your study location, you will also learn about suitable application of other types of stone and are introduced to many traditional and modern stonework styles. Extensive practical work and work experience is included in the qualification to develop your applied knowledge and experience.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry).

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$22,830.00 (11,98,082) per year

Tuition fee: NZ $22,830 (first year)


15 Feb


Central Otago Campus

Cnr Erris and Ray Streets,



9310, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

There are no academic entry requirements.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL paper based test (PBT): Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE); TOEFL internet based test (IBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge english examinations: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.