New Zealand Diploma in Construction [Quantity Surveying strand] (Level 6)

Can you be counted on to turn plans into reality? The construction industry is taking off and it needs more quantity surveyors to control project costs and keep things on track. This is an ideal career for people who love details – especially calculating and measuring.

It’s a bit like accounting but you’ll be working on physical projects while they’re being constructed, so things will constantly change providing new challenges to keep things fresh.

There's a lot of office work but also plenty of scope to visit building sites to monitor progress before releasing payments. Communication and negotiation skills are also required to ensure everyone stays committed to the task at hand.

On this diploma you’ll learn about construction principles and methods, building legislation, conflict management, contract conditions and administration, estimating material and labour costs, tender bidding, report writing and environmental sustainability, and building economies.

Our tutors are experts in their field and the delivery methods ensure you’ll get all the support you need to succeed.

If you’re good with details and enjoy planning, organising and seeing a project through to the end, this is the course for you!Programme Info for International Students

Content Details

Topics Include (subject to change)

  • Building Materials
  • Building Law
  • Tendering & Contract Administration
  • Communications Skills for the Construction Industry
  • Building Services
  • Construction for Small, Medium & Large Buildings
  • Methodology
  • Programming
  • Environment
  • Feasibility
  • Measurement


The institution, in conjunction with the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors, offers a mentoring programme for full-time students. This provides students with an opportunity to liaise with, and gain an insight into the work of, quantity surveyors in industry.


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Online, Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Two years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

2018 intakes:

  • 19 February, 2018 - 23 November, 2018
  • 23 July, 2018 – 23 November, 2018
  • 12 February, 2018 - 16 November, 2018 (Flexi option)

Two full-time years of academic study; each year is 34 weeks with classes scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week. You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

Flexi-learn (for those currently employed in the construction industry)
Two years of academic study. Commencement is at various times throughout the year. You enrol by course and choose the number of courses you wish to enrol into at any one time. You will also need to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study.

  • Year One You attend Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30pm-9.00pm approximately every fortnight, and on the alternate weeks a full day 8:30am-5.00pm on Wednesdays
  • Year Two You attend Monday and Wednesday evenings 5:30pm-9.00pm approximately every fortnight, and on the alternate weeks a full day 8:30am-5.00pm on Tuesdays

Part-time Study

Part-time study is available for both full-time and flexilearn modes and can be undertaken throughout the year. Please enquire for detail.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $6,376.00 (for 8 x 15 credit courses) 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 Construction (Level 6) with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Career Opportunities

  • Quantity surveyor
  • Project management
  • Project engineer

Occupations relating to this programme are on the Skill Shortage List.

Study Pathways

Other Study Pathways:

  • Bachelor of Applied Technology - Unitec
  • Bachelor of Construction or Bachelor Quantity Surveying - Massey University
  • Bachelor degrees in business or technology

Entry Criteria

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

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

Flexi-Learn Delivery Option

If you plan to enrol in the flexi-learn option then in addition to the above requirements you must already be working in the field of quantity surveying and have a reasonable level of experience (this will be determined by way of a skills questionnaire). You must also have the support of your employer and be able to nominate an appropriate mentor.


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.