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

Location

Auckland International Campus

This programme is also offered at our Dunedin Campus. Visit op.ac.nz for programme details.

Duration
Two years full-time
Delivery

On campus: Face-to-face teaching and self-directed learning

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
February, April, July and October
Apply
Anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • CapableNZ
    1 January 2021
  • CapableNZ
    5 January 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 October 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 November 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 December 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 February 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 March 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 April 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 May 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 June 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 July 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 August 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 September 2021
  • Dunedin
    5 January 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 November 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 December 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 March 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 April 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 May 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 June 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 July 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 August 2021
  • Dunedin
    1 September 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    5 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    8 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 April 2022
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 July 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
    26 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 October 2022
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
    26 June 2023 - 21 July 2023
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
    4 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
    3 October 2022 - 14 October 2022
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
    4 July 2022 - 22 July 2022
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
    3 October 2022 - 14 October 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 February 2023
    26 June 2023 - 21 July 2023
    10 April 2023 - 21 April 2023
    25 September 2023 - 6 October 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 April 2023
    25 September 2023 - 6 October 2023
    26 June 2023 - 21 July 2023
    11 December 2023 - 2 February 2024
  • Auckland International Campus
    24 July 2023
    11 December 2023 - 2 February 2024
    25 September 2023 - 6 October 2023
    8 April 2024 - 19 April 2024
  • Auckland International Campus
    9 October 2023
    8 April 2024 - 19 April 2024
    11 December 2023 - 2 February 2024
    24 June 2024 - 19 July 2024

Become a construction professional and help realise commercial and residential construction projects.

The New Zealand Diploma in Construction is recognised by employers and industrial, academic and professional bodies - so when you graduate you'll be highly competent and industry ready.

What do quantity surveyors do?

Quantity Surveyors work with clients, architects, engineers, consultants, and local authorities to complete construction projects.

Quantity Surveyors can budget, price, and financially administer construction projects. Typical roles include Consultants, Estimators, Contract Administrators, and Contract Managers. With experience, quantity surveying can lead into the fields of project management, commercial management, and dispute resolution.

Benefits of this qualification

  • Quantity Surveying students can join the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) as a free student member. Then, after graduating and gaining sufficient industry experience, you can apply for full membership. The NZIQS belongs to the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS), along with a number of other countries, and has reciprocal agreements with some other Institutes, making it easier to work overseas.
  • Upon successful completion of this diploma, you can gain direct entry into the final year of our Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) or (Site Management)

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your study situation. Email david.finnie@op.ac.nz or Construction@op.ac.nz.

Entry requirements 
  • A minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2, including: 
    • 12 credits in maths, and
    • a minimum of 12 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1
  • OR be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.  

You will study

This strand totals 240 credits. 

YEAR ONE  
COURSE NAME CREDITS
Construction Technology: Small Buildings 30
Construction Technology: Medium and Large Buildings 30
Estimating 15
Measurement 15
Risk Management Site Safety 15
Law and Contracts 15
   
YEAR TWO  
COURSE NAME CREDITS 
Procurement and Tendering 15
Programming 15
Cost Planning 15
Contract Administration 15
Advanced Measurement 15
Project Planning 15
Tender Bid Project 15 
People Management 15
   
Total 240 
Practical and work-based components

There is no requirement for learners to complete an internship or similar component. However, if the circumstances are appropriate and conducive to an individual learner’s needs, there is a possibility to meet programme requirements through workplace learning. We will continue to have managed student projects off campus to enable all learners to approach the ‘commercial competence’ that is written into this qualification. Year two learners that are not in workplace learning arrangements will have additional ‘leading hand’ level responsibilities and tasking within these outside projects.

Your workload

You will be expected to spend about 300 hours per Study Block on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study.

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic. Auckland study block dates >

Further study options 

Upon successful completion of this diploma, you can gain direct entry to the final year of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) or (Site Management) degree which you can study full-time (one year) or part-time (two to three years).

The degree will provide broader skills around business and construction law, and management so is geared towards a more senior level. Graduates would initially still enter the industry as Consultants, Estimators, Contract Administrators, or Contracts Managers. Then, upon gaining sufficient experience can apply for more senior positions, without first needing further study. 

Postgraduate study is available for degree graduates. Massey University offers a Master’s degree in Construction with majors in Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, and Construction Law. 

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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