Study stonemasonry, and learn to build with Central Otago schist. Take inspiration from Central’s rugged mountains and pristine natural surroundings – let the landscape be your classroom!

Central is the perfect campus for those serious about a career in stonemasonry. There is a strong demand nationally, and internationally, for people who can veneer houses in stone and build stone features – we can help you become a specialist in this field.

Gain a wide range of stonemasonry skills, while gaining extensive practical and work experience. You’ll learn how to design and construct stone features, work with various types of stone and be introduced to many traditional and modern stonework styles. Our Certificate in Stonemasonry is the only full-time programme of its kind in New Zealand – come and learn with the best.

If you are interested in learning one aspect to create a home project watch out for our Dry Stone Walling and Veneering short courses.

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

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2017
  • Apply until start date

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. Through extensive practical training and work experience, this programme will give you the practical skills and knowledge required to work unsupervised as a stonemason. (*subject to final approval)

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts Saturday, 1 April 2017
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

Stone paving for the garden short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to lay natural stone paving for paths, driveways and outdoor entertaining areas.

Oamaru Stone Carving

  • Central Campus
  • 5 days
  • Starts 16 October 2017
  • Apply anytime

Take this short course to learn design skills and appropriate tools for Oamaru Stone Carving.

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Central campus offers a welcome scenic change

Paul Newman was over Auckland's fast-paced life.  He needed a change, and decided that would be at Otago Polytechnic's Central Campus.

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Dry stone walling short course 1&2 April 2017

Build a free-standing wall from foundation to capping using schist stone and basic masonry tools in this weekend course.

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Short Courses 2017

Check out the range of Short Courses available at Central Campus for 2017.

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Congratulations to our Graduates

Central Campus staff would like to say "Well done" to all our students who have Graduated this year!

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“Almost all my employees are Otago Polytechnic graduates. I feel like I know what I’m getting when I hire them.”

MARCUS WAINWRIGHT
Director, Wainwright and Co

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Carving careers in Stonemasonry

Michael Dacombe has been involved with stone in some way shape or form across three different continents, and on arrival in Central Otago he knew it was exactly what he needed to be doing to carve himself a career in the region.

Born in Invercargill, Michael started his schooling in the Chatham Islands, finishing in Auckland. He was involved in both the landscaping and building industries abroad, where he worked as a bricklayer alongside stonemasons in both the UK and the USA.

Upon returning to New Zealand, Michael decided that Stonemasonry had much to offer so signed up to study at Central campus. After graduating he worked for a local stonemasonry company before setting up his own stone business. He worked on a variety of projects around the region, and with the building boom spent many a day creating stone veneers on new builds. Now as lecturer on New Zealand’s only full-time stonemasonry course he can see the opportunities from all angles, “There are so many job opportunities in stonemasonry, whether it be working for yourself or someone else. With the building boom in NZ, there is a real skills shortage for qualified stonemasons, and to top it off it’s a great career to travel with.”