TOPNZ/BRANZ Weathertight Design.xml TOPNZ/BRANZ Weathertight Design

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OtherPart time - 8 weeks (one three hour class per week)

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code





Once a term




Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due


Madras Street campus


Having a good knowledge of weather tight design can improve quality and, most importantly, help avoid costly mistakes.

Our Weathertight Design course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of weathertight design. It will also inform and update you on the latest building code and standards, in particular Clause E2 - External Moisture.

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to understand factors to consider when designing a weathertight building (eg most suitable materials to use) including:

  • the most likely entry points for water
  • how to safely dry out a leaky building and keep it dry and ventilated
  • the legislative requirements for designing weathertight buildings
  • building consent and application processes and procedures
  • different NZ building styles
  • home owner maintenance responsibilities

Background knowledge of the building and construction industry is recommended.

Please note: towards the end of the course, participants will be required to complete a multichoice assessment.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Other you are required to complete a minimum total of 3 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete and Admission and Enrolment Form.

For more information or if you have any further questions please email

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this course, participants will be presented with a Statement of Attainment in Weathertight Design.

This course can also be used towards your LBP Skills Maintenance Requirement and is equivalent to 24 points.

Study pathways

Participants are invited to attend future industry programmes (as made available) as well as courses within our Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Architectural Studies qualifications.