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New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying)

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


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The New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) prepares you with the specific knowledge and skills you’ll need to assist with all stages of quantity surveying under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.

You’ll learn to measure and estimate building work and carry out financial administration associated with construction projects including making sure that construction costs and production are managed as efficiently as possible.

This diploma will help you develop the following trade-specific skills:

Analysing and presenting feasibility information and preliminary estimates to clients
Assembling quantity surveying documentation relevant to specialist and specific trade sections, measuring quantities, and preparing a schedule of quantities for small and medium building projects of an individual trade section including services.
Collating all priced components into a tender submission for small, medium, and large buildings using tender process knowledge.


Apply learning to real-world scenarios using the latest technologies in construction costing and finance. Emphasis on real-world applications using the latest technologies in construction costing and finance.
Nationally-recognized qualification. This qualification is nationally recognised by professional organisations like the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
Graduate work-ready. You’ll gain key skills and knowledge that will enable you to move confidently into work, assisting with all stages of quantity surveying under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.
Prepare for Site 2 License. Once you’ve graduated, you can apply to get a Licensed Building Practitioner (LBP) Site 2 License, which recognises you as a competent professional in your chosen field.
Move into further study. Easy transition into Unitec's Bachelor of Construction in any of our three majors: Construction Management, Construction Economics or Property Development. Cross-credits are available.

Preparing for study

You'll need the right equipment to meet health and safety requirements for on-site visits. This includes:

Safety boots (steel-capped shoes)
High visibility vest
Hard hat

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

Achieved one of the below:

A total of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Mathematics; or
An appropriate qualification at Level 3; or
Be at least 20 years old by the time the programme begins AND provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the programme

8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; 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. NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic). Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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