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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.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
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
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4) 4 Full-time for 16 weeks Programme no longer offered
New Zealand Diploma in Construction 6 Full-time for two years, or part-time options available Construction Management technician, Quantity surveyor February or July
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) 7 Domestic students: Full-time for two years and then part-time for two years or as negotiated on a case-by-case basis (based on a February start). 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.