Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology

This entry-level programme teaches practical, hands-on, technical skills used to construct full garments.

Students learn industrial machine handling skills and garment construction techniques to start their journey into the world of commercial fashion design.

Key dates

February 2023 Intake 13 • 02 • 23
Rolling Intake - New Lynn ONLY 28 • 03 • 22

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38 Weeks, full-time in Auckland + Manukau + New Lynn + Wellington


Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology (Level 3) 120 credits


Domestic $7,720 + $300 Student Services Levy
International $18,200 + $300 Student Services Levy
Fees free applies
All 2022 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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Certificate in Apparel + Fashion Technology Course Outline

Become familiar with industrial machinery, techniques, and terminology necessary for fashion garment construction and be introduced to fabric technology and patternmaking.

Learn to use industry-specific construction methods - such as collars, pockets, plackets, zips, facings, and more - to make a range of full garments including skirts, shorts, and trousers, and learn New Zealand qualifications.

Students learn industrial machine handling skills and garment construction techniques to start their journey into the world of commercial fashion design.


Why choose Whitecliffe Fashion Tech?

  • We offer programme delivery in the practical, hands-on, technical aspects of the fashion industry.
  • Each year we have high numbers of successful employment placements within the fashion industry with graduates in skilled positions such as fashion design, merchandising, production, and manufacture, fashion buying/styling/retail, and other areas of production management and commercial fashion design.
  • Students in all programmes are immersed in activities that are rich and real; their learning is personally meaningful and is an active processing experience.
  • Classrooms are set up to replicate apparel and fashion workrooms, and practical, industry-based sessions replicate working in the industry.
  • Our tutors and support staff bring extensive and valuable industry knowledge to the programmes, and in preparing students for a career in the fashion industry.
  • Multiple teaching methods and delivery strategies are used to meet the needs of our target learner group and maximise opportunities for students to receive and retain information, promote active engagement with materials, and engage in their own learning and the learning of others.
  • Work experience and internships are a valuable and integral part of all our programmes and enable students to put their learning into context.
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Programme Structure

CFT 1: Production Technology 1 - Core Sewing Skills

Setting, adjusting, and using industrial lockstitch and overlock sewing machines, and progressively developing efficient machining and handling skills to produce quality sewn work consistently, safely, and at speed.

CFT 2: Production Technology 2 - Maintaining Machinery

Maintaining industrial lockstitch, overlock, and specialist sewing machines, work aids, and ancillary equipment. Preventative maintenance includes cleaning and lubricating equipment as necessary.

CFT 3: Production Technology 3 - Construction Techniques

Using a range of construction techniques and production methods to sew a variety of garment parts consistently, safely, and at speed, to meet operator efficiency and performance requirements.

CFT 4: Garment Technology

Recognising pattern pieces and using patterns to cut out, assemble, and sew complete garments to workplace requirements.

CFT 5: Textile Technology

Identifying, describing, and selecting common fabrics and apparel componentry to match product end-use. It also covers setting up and using specialist industrial sewing machinery for constructing and finishing garments.

CFT 6: Workplace Practice

The application of accepted industry standards and procedures, and Whitecliffe Fashion Tech requirements that demonstrate an understanding of health and safety requirements, workplace practice, communication skills, and behavioural expectations in apparel and manufacturing organisations.

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Graduates will be able to:

  • Safely set up, use, and maintain industrial sewing equipment under limited supervision.
  • Select appropriate fabric and pattern, cut our, and sew garment parts to recognised industry quality standards using prepared job breakdowns.
  • Demonstrate behaviour and workplace communications appropriate for fashion apparel manufacturing.
  • Meet the entry requirements for the Level 4 NZ Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Patternmaking) programme.
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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minumum Age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement of NCEA Level 2
  • Workplace communication skills

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum Age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement to the equivalent of NCEA Level 2
  • Workplace communication skills

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)  

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Where could this programme take you?

Most students who graduate from the Certificate in Fashion Technology go on to complete the Certificate in Pattern Design and Diploma in Fashion Technology programmes.

Jobs related to this programme

Entry-level Machine Operator

Trainee Machinist

Production Assistant

Cutting Room Assistant

Warehouse Assistant

Quality Control

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Industry Partners

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