Architecture & Surveying

National Diploma in Surveying Level 6

Do you want a formal qualification in surveying? If you're already working in the industry and want to gain the National Diploma qualification, this course allows you to study at your own pace through directed learning and attend class either in person or online.

Boost your career opportunities with knowledge and skills in land surveying, spatial measurement, shaping the environment, law, planning and subdivision design. Discover New Zealand's unique land tenure systems and explore the practical tasks related to being a survey technician.

You’ll be equipped to work as a survey technician and gain practical skills to use precise survey equipment. You’ll also gain knowledge of software and its application within the survey profession.

Content Details

The programme is designed to be completed over three years and the following courses make up the qualification. Some students may currently have unit standards that can be credited and may therefore may be able to complete the qualification over a shorter period.

Course 1 - Computer Skills (9 credits) Gain computer spreadsheet and database skills.

Course 2 - Research & Report Writing (15 credits) Develop research skills and learn how to present ideas in letters and analytical reports.

Course 3 - Safety (16 credits) Learn about safety in the workplace, as well as road safety. You will be able to work as a Traffic Controller for Level 1 roads.

Course 4 - Understanding Height Differences in Levels (11 credits) Gain knowledge of heights and levelling with regard to datums.

Course 5 - New Zealand Survey Law (12 credits) Gain an overview of the New Zealand surveying system and legislation governing surveying in New Zealand.

Course 6 - Survey Instruments (8 credits) You’ll gain practical knowledge of survey instruments and how to use them.

Course 7 – Survey Measurement Practices (14 credits) You’ll record linear and angular field measurements using standard surveying instruments.

Course 8 – Survey Instruments and Measurement (10 credits) Learn about global positioning systems for survey practice.

Course 9 – Survey Computations (14 credits) You’ll use contemporary software to carry out survey computations, as well as gain an understanding of how to calculate areas, contours and volumes.

Course 10 – Maths in Surveying (19 credits) You will explore the use of mathematics in surveying.

Course 11 - Draughting & Topographical Plans (16 credits) Learn to produce a topographical survey plan and use a computer-aided draughting programme to produce scale drawings.

Course 12 - Engineering Design & Plans (21 credits) Learn about the design of infrastructure and services for subdivisions, including the preparation of working drawings.

Course 13 - Land Administration (12 credits) This course focuses on land administration around land development and surveying.

Course 14 - Land Development Planning (20 credits) You’ll develop skills to assess a site for subdivision and prepare resource consent application documents for subdivision.

Course 15 - Cadastral Surveying (22 credits) You’ll gain the skills in the production of cadastral survey data.

Course 16 - Survey Measurement Techniques (18 credits) Learn techniques to confirm the reliability of survey marks and methods around construction control and setout.

Course 17 - New Zealand Land Law (12 credits) Develop an overview of the legislation governing land development in New Zealand.

Course 18 - Geodesy & Reference Systems (13 credits) You’ll gain practical knowledge about map projections, geodetic reference systems and geodetic datums.

Optional Strand: Maori Land Tenure (13 credits) You may choose to add this option to your qualification. During the course you will review the differences in Maori and Pakeha views of the natural world to then build on knowledge about the Maori land judicial system and legislation surrounding Maori land.


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Entry Criteria - In detail

You must be working in the land surveying profession.

NCEA Level 2 with the following requirements:

  • 36 NCEA Level 2 credits in four subjects (English, graphics and / or design, computing and / or physics) and
  • A minimum of 12 achievement standard credits from the Mathematics subfield at level 3 including one achievement standard in each of the algebra, trigonometry and geometry domains.

Applicants with life skills and / or work experience who do not meet these requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

Flexi students will be currently working in the industry.

The level of mathematics required for this programme is demanding.  Applicants may be recommended to summer school where some level 4 content will be introduced.

English Language Requirements

  • Domestic Students - if English is not your first language evidence of language competency may be required.
  • International Students - Please refer to the International Prospectus for entry requirements.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, take a look at our Certificate in Foundation Studies (Pathway to Diploma/Degree).


Indicative Fees

  • Costs differ by course, please see brochure for details.

The standard published fee is applicable for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents residing in New Zealand, and for New Zealand citizens residing outside of New Zealand.

An international fee is payable for all other students.

Qualifications Gained

  • National Diploma in Surveying Level 6

Career Opportunities

  • Land surveying technician
  • Land surveyor

Other Study Pathways:

  • Bachelor of Surveying - BSurv
  • Bachelor of Applied Science BAppSci (GIS) (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Bachelor of Science BSc (LPD) (Land Planning and Development)
  • Bachelor of Science BSc (SM) (Survey Measurement) - students can specialise in hydrographic surveying, engineering surveying or photogrammetry

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