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New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Construction Management)

Take your first step in a career in construction management by studying to become a skilled and competent construction manager.

Level
6
Credits
240 (2.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for two years or part-time options available

Programme overview

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to help upskill workers in roles critical to the economy, this programme has no fees*. Click here for a list of the programmes that are covered by this scheme.

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


A career in construction management requires an in-depth knowledge of building and construction principles, great people skills, and an aptitude for organisation. You’ll be responsible for the control, planning, and execution of a construction project from start to finish, so you must gain the right skills to be able to confidently deliver successful, safe and up-to-standard projects.
This includes:

  • Managing construction site logistics, resource allocation, and construction activity for small, medium, and large construction programmes
  • Managing site establishment and provision of site services for short and long-duration construction projects
  • Creating technical sketches to communicate information relevant to the construction project
  • Applying leadership principles to manage construction site teams and supporting the physical and mental well-being of a diverse construction site workforce.

Highlights

  • Apply to learn to real-world scenarios using the latest technologies in construction.
  • Nationally-recognised qualification. This qualification is nationally recognised by professional organisations like the NZ Institute of Building.
  • Graduate work-ready. You’ll gain key skills and knowledge that will enable you to move confidently into work, assisting with all stages of construction management, 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. Easily transition into Unitec's Bachelor of Construction in any of our three majors: Construction Management, Construction Economics, or Property Development. Cross-credits are available. ​

Develop the necessary skills to succeed

It’s our job to ensure that when you walk across that graduation platform, you’re prepared and work-ready. Alongside specialist knowledge and skills in construction management, you’ll need a solid foundation in building and construction – and that’s exactly what you’ll gain in this diploma.

  • Technical knowledge. Develop an understanding of contract analysis, selection, ongoing planning, and monitoring, evaluate and select materials and finishes for their environmental impact and apply knowledge of the structure and structural principles.
  • Communication. Effectively communicate with all parties involved in a construction contract using organisational principles, digital technologies, and industry best practices.
  • Industry preparedness. Apply knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders to administer and manage a construction contract while operating within New Zealand building and construction legislative and regulatory frameworks.

Create your future in construction management

New Zealand’s construction industry has seen continued growth over the past decade and is one of the country’s largest employers. With the value of building consents increasing year-on-year, employment opportunities have also followed a similar trend. However, despite there being over 170,000 people employed in this sector in the first quarter of 2021, demand remains sky-high for building and construction managers due to a shortage of skilled workers. 

Further study
Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to work as a junior construction manager. With further study, like Unitec’s Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management), you’ll be able to work independently in a number of jobs, including as a qualified construction manager. 

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

Preparing for study

Courses and programme content: Take a look at what you'll study in "Courses and timetables" below, click on the class to view class content.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
Prepare for your study by purchasing your PPE. You'll need the right equipment to meet health and safety requirements on site visits. This includes:
- Safety boots (steel capped shoes)
- A high visibility vest
- Hard hat

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. 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
  2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
  3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:
    • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
    • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
    • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under the special or discretionary entrance. 

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Construction Industry Environment (CIBC4001) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to apply and develop skills and knowledge of construction law and documentation; and to communicate effectively within the construction environment.
Materials and Structural Principles (CIBC4002) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop critical knowledge, skills and understanding of structural principles, evaluate the properties of materials and finishes; and their application to construction projects.
Courses Credits Aim
Environmental Impact (CIBC5003) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to evaluate site and building limitations including environmental impacts and sustainable methods of construction.
Building Services (CIBC5004) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop introductory knowledge of the purpose, operating principles, coordination and legislative requirements to manage a range of services in small, medium and large buildings.
Construction for Small Buildings (CIBC5005) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of foundation methods, non-specific and specific design structures, provision for services, building envelope and the interior for a small building.
Construction for Medium and Large Buildings (CIBC5006) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop and apply knowledge, skills and understanding of foundation methods, structural systems, provision for services, building envelope and the interior for medium and large buildings.
Estimation for Small Buildings (CIBC5011) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to analyse schedules of quantities and unit rates, and apply overheads, profit and on-cost items in the preparation of tenders for a small building project.
Professional Practice for the Construction Industry (CIBC5015) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to identify organisational structures and become an effective team member within a construction and consulting environment.
Site Safety and Quality Assurance Planning for Construction (CIBC5021) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to assist in the preparation and implementation of site safety and quality assurance plans for a construction site.
Site Survey Preparation and Analysis (CIBC5022) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to assist and conduct site surveys and analysis.
Courses Credits Aim
Programming for Medium Buildings (CIBC6012) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to effectively manage, programme and monitor activities, resources and contingencies for a medium building.
Construction Industry Procurement (CIBC6013) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop introductory knowledge, skills and understanding to analyse a range of contracts, procurement methodologies and processes for a medium building.
Financial Administration of Construction Contracts (CIBC6014) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to analyse and conduct a valuation and prepare account statements for work carried out on a construction site.
Method Statements for Medium Buildings (CIBC6023) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to acquire the skills and knowledge to develop and prepare pre- and post-contract method statements for a medium building project.
Planning Construction for Medium Buildings (CIBC6024) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to acquire the skills and knowledge to develop and prepare pre- and post-contract construction plans for a medium building project.
Site Management (CIBC6025) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to understand site procedures and assist with the management of the construction environment for a medium building project.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.