New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

Do you love buildings and fancy designing your own, creating something that future generations will enjoy? The construction industry is taking off and it needs lots more architectural technicians to draw all the new buildings that our growing population needs.

This practical, fun course develops efficient technical draughting skills – focusing on what is and isn’t important across a broad range of work – which means our graduates are highly prized by employers. 

Programme info for International Students

You’ll learn how to ‘connect the dots’ between an architect and a builder, producing the vital set of legal drawings – or plans – that each construction project depends on.

Topics include construction methods, building legislation, design principles, working drawings, the tender process, feasibility issues and contract administration, with a huge focus on the draughting software programme ArchiCAD.

Our motivated tutors are experts in the field and and provide all the support you need to succeed. If you’re an accurate, detail orientated person who loves technical drawing and discussing ideas with people, this is the course for you.

Content Details

Topics include (subject to change)

  • Building Materials
  • Building Law
  • Tendering & Contracts
  • Communications Skills for the Construction Industry
  • Building Services
  • Construction for Small, Medium & Large Buildings
  • CAD
  • Working Drawings for Small & Medium Buildings
  • Design Theory
  • Environment
  • Feasibility
  • Preliminary & Developed Design


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Two years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Classes are scheduled for approximately 30 hours per week. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study of approximately 20 hours minimum per week beyond scheduled class time.

Part-time study is available and can be undertaken throughout the year, please enquire if you're interested in this option.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $6,376.00 per year

2018 international students $19,952.00 per year

2018 Flexi-learn option $797.00 per course

Course related costs may apply

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 successful completion of the programme you will receive

  • New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

  • Draughtperson
  • Architectural project manager
  • Construction manager
  • CAD technician
  • Other building construction related careers eg building certification, building inspector and kitchen designer

Other Study Pathways

Entry Criteria

Entry to this programme is open however it is recommended that people entering the programme have:

  • A minimum of 48 credits in 4 subjects including English and Maths
  • Or able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills


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.