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New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6)

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Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology


Can you be counted on to turn plans into reality? The construction industry is taking off and it needs more quantity surveyors to control project costs and keep things on track. This is an ideal career for people who love details – especially calculating and measuring.

It’s a bit like accounting but you’ll be working on physical projects while they’re being constructed, so things will constantly change providing new challenges to keep things fresh.

There's a lot of office work but also plenty of scope to visit building sites to monitor progress before releasing payments. Communication and negotiation skills are also required to ensure everyone stays committed to the task at hand.

On this diploma you’ll learn about construction principles and methods, building legislation, conflict management, contract conditions and administration, estimating material and labour costs, tender bidding, report writing and environmental sustainability, and building economies.

Our tutors are experts in their field and the delivery methods ensure you’ll get all the support you need to succeed.

If you’re good with details and enjoy planning, organising and seeing a project through to the end, this is the course for you!

Topics You'll Cover

  • Industry Roles and Legislation
  • Tender Processes
  • Building Materials
  • Principles of Measurement
  • Small Building Construction
  • Building Feasibility
  • Building Services
  • Rates Build Up
  • Environmental Impact
  • Commercial Construction
  • Building Methodology
  • Tender Submissions
  • Tender Evaluation
  • Specialist Trade Measurement
  • Cost Planning
  • Financial Administration


The institution, in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors, offers a mentoring programme for full-time students. This provides students with an opportunity to liaise with, and gain an insight into the work of, quantity surveyors in industry.

Career Opportunities

  • Quantity surveyor
  • Project management
  • Project engineer


  • Bachelor of Production Technology (under development and/or pending approval)
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology (Unitec)
  • Bachelor of Quantity Surveying (Massey University)
  • Bachelor degrees in business or technology

Entry criteria

There are no minimum academic requirements (open entry).

Standard Entry: All international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Maori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; or evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

Flexi-learn Delivery Option

If you plan to enrol in the flexi-learn option then, in addition to the above requirements, you must already be working in the field of quantity surveying and have a reasonable level of experience (this will be determined by way of a skills questionnaire). You must also have the support of your employer and be able to nominate an appropriate mentor.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5.0 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.

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