Diploma in Conveyancing (Level 6)

Conveyancing is no longer a career just for lawyers! Turn your interest in property and land law into a conveyancing career. We are the only New Zealand provider authorised to offer this unique qualification.

A few years ago conveyancing as a separate profession in New Zealand didn't exist. Then along came a law change which opened up this exciting new legal profession.

This diploma meets the requirements set by the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers and it enables graduates to specialise in the legal field involved in the transfer of residential and commercial property.

The course provides an understanding of the laws and systems governing property, land, finance, commerce, resource management and contracts. You can also develop skills in the administration of estates, client care and dispute resolution.

  • Flexible, fully online, interactive virtual classroom learning
  • Property developers and anyone with a keen interest in law will also enjoy this programme
  • We are the sole provider – you can’t study this essential course anywhere else!
  • A popular way for legal executives to up-skill into a new profession

Read more about the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers

Content Details

As a full-time student you would usually complete three courses per semester to complete the qualification over two years.

Part-time students may choose one or more courses per semester (there are 2 semesters in each year).

If you do not have the recommended prerequisites for a particular course you must obtain approval from the Programme Coordinator prior to enrolment.

First Year Courses (Prerequisites are noted in brackets)

  • Course 1: LAWS5002 - The New Zealand Legal System
    You can credit the NZLS Introduction to the Legal System paper to this course
  • Course 2: LAWS5003 - Introduction to Property and Contract Law
  • Course 3: LAWS5004 - Introduction to Commercial Law
    You can credit the NZDipBus 510 Introduction to Commercial Law paper to this course
  • Course 4: LAWS5006 - Land Law (LAWS5002, LAWS5003)
  • Course 5: LAWS5005 - Legal Entities (LAWS5002)
  • Course 6: LAWS6010 - Estates and Trusts (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004)
    You can credit the NZLS Estates Law and Practice paper to this course

Second Year Courses (Prerequisites are noted in brackets)

  • Course 7: LAWS6008 - Revenue and Finance Law (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004)
  • Course 8: LAWS6007 - Building Law and Resource Management (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004)
  • Course 9: LAWS6009 - Client Management and Dispute Resolution (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004, LAWS5005, LAWS5006, LAWS6010)
  • Course 10: LAWS6005 - Conveyancing Practice (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004 LAWS5005,LAWS5006)
  • Course 11: LAWS6002 - Business Law Practice (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004, LAWS5005, LAWS5006)
    You can credit the NZLS Business Law paper to this course
  • Course 12: LAWS6006 - Professional Practice (LAWS5002, LAWS5003, LAWS5004,LAWS5005, LAWS5006)
    NZLS Legal Executive graduates can gain credit for this paper

Cross Credits
Four cross credits are available from the New Zealand Law Society (NZLS) Legal Executive Diploma and one cross credit is available from the New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Students studying or holding other law or property-related qualifications are invited to apply for credit towards this qualification.

Computer Requirements

  • Access to a computer and reliable high speed internet service
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox (latest)
  • Microphone, speakers, web cam (headset)
  • Microsoft Word – minimum version 97-2003
  • Latest Adobe Flash – free to download from Adobe online
  • Latest Adobe Reader – free to download from Adobe online
  • Latest Java installed


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Online
Duration: Two years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The course is 2 years online full-time, or the equivalent part-time.

Each of the 12 courses is taught over one semester comprised of 15 class weeks, a study week and an examination.

For each course you are expected to complete the learning activities and assignments and participate in an online tutorial. For the dates and times of tutorials refer to the timetable which will be sent to you with the enrolment pack. These are also available from the Information Centre or School of Business Studies.

In addition to tutorials, online activities and study, you are expected to undertake at least four hours of self-directed study per course per week; overall this amounts, on average, to approximately 12 hours per course per week.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 New Zealand citizens and residents living in New Zealand $4,872.00 per year ($812.00 per paper)

2018 International students residing in New Zealand $19,956.00 per year ($3,326.00 per 20 credit course)

2018 New Zealand citizens residing outside of New Zealand $706.08 per course (excludes GST)

2018 New Zealand permanent residents and international students living outside of New Zealand $2,892.00 per course (excludes GST)

An additional examination fee of $100.00 per course is charged if you sit the final examination somewhere in New Zealand other than Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

There will be an additional $150 per course (excludes GST) charged if you sit the final examination in another country

All students should allow between $75.00 - $200.00 per course for textbooks and legislation costs

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successfully completing the course you will receive:
  • Diploma in Conveyancing (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

As conveyancing is a relatively new specialist profession, this diploma offers exciting opportunities to work for conveyancing firms, law firms, or government departments.

After two years in the industry, graduates can also apply for a NZSOC license which allows them to work as a self-employed conveyancer. Conveyancers carry out the legal work in the sale and purchase of properties and land (both residential and commercial).

Potential Employers

  • Conveyancing firms
  • Law firms
  • Local authorities
  • Government departments

Entry Criteria

Over 20 years of age:

  • Open entry

Under 20 years of age:

  • To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

Year 12 School Leavers/Year 12 qualifications Fifty (50) credits at level two or above with at least 12 credits in Mathematics, English and one other subject, including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level two or higher in English or te reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.

Year 13 School Leavers/Year 13 qualifications A minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects; and 12 credits in Mathematics at level two or higher; 4 credits at level two or above in Reading; and 4 credits at level two or above in Writing. Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology reserves the right to vary the entry requirements for entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Conveyancing programme after consultation with the New Zealand Society of Conveyancers.

If you don't meet the entry requirements, take a look at our New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4).

Selection Criteria
In the event of their being more applicants than positions available on the programme, Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Number of credits gained in NCEA Levels, 3, 2 & 1
  • Completion of Previous Course of Study
  • Evidence demonstrating ability to undertake the programme with a reasonable likelihood of success.

Special Admission
Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.