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New Zealand Diploma in Construction

Become a skilled and competent Construction Management technician or Quantity Surveyor with the New Zealand Diploma in Construction.

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

This programme prepares you for a senior career in the construction industry as a Construction Manager or Quantity Surveyor depending on which strand you choose to study:

  • Construction Management: Learn to plan, organise, manage and control construction projects.
  • Quantity Surveying: Learn to measure and estimate building work, and carry out financial administration associated with construction projects.

Highlights

Career options

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction with the strand in Construction Management (Level 6) will be able to work as a:

  • Construction Management technician

With further training and/or experience graduates of this diploma may be able to work as a:

  • Residential or commercial construction site/project manager
  • Contracting construction manager/site/project manager
  • Property manager
  • Contracts supervisor/manager
  • Local or central government building inspector
  • Construction management tutor

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction with the strand in Quantity Surveying (Level 6) will be able to work as a:

  • Quantity surveyor

With further training and/or experience graduates of this diploma may be able to work as a: 

  • Senior quantity surveyor
  • Registered quantity surveyor
  • Estimator
  • Quantity surveying consultant/contractor
  • Procurement manager
  • Senior/Cost manager
  • Quantity surveying tutor

Admission 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

For more information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Construction Industry Environment (CIBC4001) 15 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to assist and conduct site surveys and analysis.
Measurement for Small Buildings (CIBC5031) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to assemble quantity surveying documentation and measure schedules of quantities for a small building project.
Estimation for Medium and Large Buildings (CIBC5032) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop skills and knowledge to prepare schedules of quantities and unit rates, and apply overheads, profit and on-cost items in the preparation and collation of tenders for medium and large building projects.
Courses Credits Aim
Programming for Medium Buildings (CIBC6012) 15 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Measurement for Medium and Large Buildings (CIBC6033) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to assemble and measure schedules of quantities from project information.
Measurement for Buildings, Services and Civil Works (CIBC6034) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to assemble and measure schedules of quantities, including services and specific sections of civil engineering work, from project information.
Cost Planning (CIBC6035) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to develop the skills and knowledge to analyse and prepare preliminary estimates, elemental cost plans and cashflow statements for medium and large building projects.

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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Maths or a relevant Level 3 qualification or if 20 years of age, provide evidence of appropriate work and life experience, plus English language requirements.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

2 YearsInfo Icon

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $6,571Info Icon $13,141Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $9,398Info Icon $18,795Info Icon
Total: $15,968Info Icon $31,937Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $47,213Info Icon
Earnings range $38,686 - $54,617Info Icon
In employment 67%Info Icon
In further study 27%Info Icon
On a benefit N/AInfo Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.