New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6)

The Surveying qualification offered at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is designed for people already working in the surveying profession who want to add to their qualifications.

Right now there are strong job opportunities for cadets wanting to further their career in Surveying.

Our flexible delivery style allows you to work and study at the same time and caters for remote learners too. 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of how land is regulated and administered in New Zealand for the purpose of land surveying
  • Apply knowledge of the land development process to gain consents and approvals
  • Apply geodetic control surveying principles in a New Zealand survey practice context
  • Apply a range of communication skills and methods relevant to their role in the surveying profession
  • Collect, manage and use a range of spatial data
  • Undertake cadastral, topographical, and engineering surveys

Content Details

During this course you'll study:

  • Student Fundamentals
  • Field Operations
  • Office Operations
  • Cadastral Surveying
  • Land Tenure
  • Survey Mathematics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Project Management
  • Land Development
  • Engineering
  • Global Navigation Satellite System
  • Geodesy
  • Advanced Survey Mathematics
  • Advanced Error Analysis


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

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $6,550.00

2017 international students $19,950.00

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 course you will receive:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Surveying (Level 6)

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course will likely be employed as land surveyors doing field and office work associated with land surveying. 

Study Pathways

  • Bachelor of Surveying

Entry Criteria

Applicants must be currently employed in the Surveying Industry or be able to prove suitable experience.

NCEA Level 2 with the following requirements:

  • 48 NCEA Level 2 credits in four subjects, including
  • A minimum of 12 credits in mathematics (preferably in algebra, geometry and trigonometry) or the equivalent


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.