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Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyors are essential to any construction project getting off the ground. They measure and estimate building costs and keep the whole project on budget. Study quantity surveying and you’ll learn how to estimate, price and tender for building work, as well as developing the skills to keep project finances under control.

Explore your options

Study quantity surveying and you’ll learn the skills to keep a construction project running smoothly at every stage of the build. How? Because quantity surveyors are skilled in identifying all the stages of construction involved and pricing them accordingly.

Unitec’s quantity surveying programmes give you the tools to identify the different stages of work and build a realistic budget so there are no nasty surprises along the way.  The Construction Economics major shows you how to build tender documents and manage construction costs. And the National Diploma in Quantity Surveying gives you confidence and flexibility to negotiate with clients, builders, sub-contractor, and authorities.

Whichever quantity surveying programme you choose, you’ll stay up-to-date with industry trends, relevant legislation and environmental issues. In fact, our programmes are developed with the industry so that what you learn will be relevant to your job from day one. We have integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes as part of our courses; and you will learn the basics of BIM and VDC and how to apply them on quantity surveying activities.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Construction 4 Full-time for 16-weeks or part-time options available This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in construction February or July
New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) 6 Full-time for two years or part-time options available Quantity surveyor February or July
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) 7 Domestic students: Full-time study for the first two years is recommended, part-time study options are also available as negotiated on a case-by-case basis. International students: 3 years full-time. Construction quantity surveyor, Consultant quantity surveyor, Commercial manager, Project manager, Property financial adviser February or July

Industry accreditation

The Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) is recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors.

Industry contacts and opportunities

At Unitec, we are highly industry connected, this means that we understand what Kiwi businesses are looking for and guides our programme content to be up to date and future-focused, as well as giving our students access to these partners and prospective employers, research expertise, sponsorship opportunities, and much more.

Thanks to our mentoring scheme with the New Zealand Institute of Building, our students in construction management get the opportunity to team-up with a senior construction manager for a year.  The New Zealand Institute of Building also sponsors a number of student awards each year.

Thank you to all our partners for your continued support.

  • Aspec
  • Aurecon
  • Beca
  • Fletcher
  • Hawkins Construction
  • Jasmax
  • Kalmar
  • New Zealand Institute of Building
  • NZStrong
  • Rider Bucknall Levett
  • Stephenson & Turner