OSTC Building and Construction (Level 3)
OSTC courses are for students who are enrolled in secondary school. If you wish to apply, please see your school’s career advisor, or contact Liz Gilmore, OSTC Liaison Officer – Elizabeth.Gilmore@op.ac.nz | Ph: 03 479 6092


Balclutha (open to all Otago Schools) 


Two days a week from the beginning of March to the end of November.

Do you like building things? Then our Construction Skills course could be for you!

You'll be part of a team constructing a building from start to finish – learning many skills along the way.

For more information about OSTC, visit www.op.ac.nz/ostc  

What will I do?

You will be building a house or building for Big River Homes, based in Balclutha, who are generously sponsoring this course.  If you are attending school in Dunedin, you can apply for this course, and transport will be arranged.  

You will be involved in all aspects of the build, and will be learning construction skills and knowledge including the correct use of hand and power tools, materials used in building, and building site safety practices. 

This course is two days a week and is at Level 3. 

What could I do next?

Where could this take me?

  • Builder/Carpenter – constructing and maintaining buildings
  • Stonemason – turning rough stone blocks into structures like walls and buildings
  • Construction Manager – ensuring buildings are constructed according to agreed contracts
  • Quantity Surveyor – ensuring buildings are designed and completed within budget
  • Architectural draughtsperson – producing drawings used on-site by building contractors

Unit standards covered in this course

Unit standard

Building and Construction Level 3





Undertake a Stage 3 BCATS project  12 3 1


Follow safe workplace practices, and contribute to a health and safety culture, in a BCATS environment 2 3 1


Demonstrate knowledge of, select, and use materials for a Stage 3 BCATS project 4 3 1


Develop and use BCATS project documentation for a Stage 3 BCATS project 8 3 1


Communicate and work collaboratively in a Stage 3 BCATS project  5 3 1


Measure and calculate for a Stage 3 BCATS project  3 3 1


Select, use, and maintain tools, equipment and machinery for a Stage 3 BCATS project 4 3 1


Incorporate other building, construction and allied trades into a Stage 3 BCATS project schedule 2 3 1
  Total 40    

We are doing our best to ensure that this information is accurate.  However, there may be some content changes to our programmes, and all our programmes will run subject to demand and capacity.