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New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6)

Are you interested in a career in the building and construction industry? If yes, then Future Skills' New Zealand Diploma in Construction with the strand in Quantity Surveying (Level 6) could be the right programme for you. 

Quantity surveyors measure and estimate the cost of resources for construction projects. From understanding the working drawings, assisting in preparing the design brief and pricing of construction work to communicating and resolving conflicts with suppliers, contractors, workers and clients, quantity surveyors are critical for successful completion of all big and small projects. They calculate a budget based on their client's requirements and prepare estimates for each building stage, making sure that construction costs and production are managed as efficiently as possible.

Future Skills' New Zealand Diploma in Quantity Surveying (Level 6) prepares you with the current technical skills and know-how required to kick-start a great career. This course is offered at the Auckland International Campus on Queen Street.

Highlights of this programme

  • Hands-on project based learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Aligned to industry skill requirements
  • Industry experienced teaching staff
  • Friendly environment

Construction Management strand 

The Construction Management strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction will be offered from 2018, with Construction Management specialist subjects being offered in 2019. 

Gain a Level 6 qualification in 2 years:

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6)

  • Quantity Surveying students can join the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) as a free student member. Then, after graduating and gaining sufficient industry experience, you can apply for full membership. The NZIQS belongs to the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS), along with a number of other countries, and has reciprocal agreements with some other Institutes, making it easier to work overseas.
  • The Construction Management strand supports the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme, providing eligibility for a streamlined application process towards Site License Classes 1, 2 and 3 in accordance with information on the MBIE website: http://www.business.govt.nz/lbp.
  • In addition, it is possible to study the other strand either after completing the first strand or at the same time if the timetabling permits.

This strand totals 240 credits. 

Construction Technology: Small buildings Either 1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credit course
Construction Technology: Medium and Large Either 1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credit course
Measurement 15
Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment 15
Estimating 15
Introduction to Dispute Resolution  15
Programming 15
Procurement and Tendering 15
Contact Administration 15
Advanced Measurement 15
Cost Planning 15
Value Management 15
Construction Project  30
Total 240 
  • You must have four years of secondary school education, or equivalent. 
    •   You have 35 NCEA credits at Level 2 or higher in subjects such as mathematics, physics, English and chemistry
      •   OR a New Zealand Trade Certificate in Carpentry
      •   OR a National Certificate in Carpentry
      •   OR equivalent qualifications/experience
    •   You have an understanding of the industry (visiting a construction company or quantity surveying practice, for example)
    •   You have a strong interest in quantity surveying and the building industry
    •   You have computing experience
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 6.0 in writing and speaking, and no less than 5.5 in reading and listening
  • You will be required to undertake an interview, as part of our selection procedure

In 2018, subject to NZQA approval, we will be launching with Otago Polytechnic, a three-year, Bachelor of Construction degree. The degree will provide broader skills around business and construction law, and management, and is geared towards a more senior level. Graduates would initially still enter the industry as Estimators, Contract Administrators, or Contracts Managers. Then, upon gaining sufficient experience can apply for more senior positions, without first needing further study. Our current plan is to provide students who enrol in the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6) in 2017 with the option to study for a third full-time year in order to complete the degree in 2019.

Postgraduate study is available for degree graduates. Massey University offers a Master’s degree in Construction with majors in Construction Project Management, Quantity Surveying, and Construction Law. 

This programme is aimed at anyone planning to launch a career in building and construction industry. Your job opportunities include working as:

  • Assistant Quantity Surveyor
  • Contract manager
  • Construction site manager
  • Project manager
  • Consultant
  • Subcontractor
  • Developer
  • Employee in insurance or education sector
  • Self employed 

The indicative course fees for this programme for 2017 are $6,400 incl. GST for full-time first year of study (32 Weeks).

Indicative Fees for the full qualification over two years are $12,800 incl. GST.


  • Textbooks cost approximately $500.00.
  • A laptop is recommended.

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.

There is no requirement for learners to complete an internship or similar component. However, if the circumstances are appropriate and conducive to an individual learner’s needs, there is a possibility to meet programme requirements through workplace learning. We will continue to have managed student projects off campus to enable all learners to approach the ‘commercial competence’ that is written into this qualification. Year 2 learners that are not in workplace learning arrangements will have additional ‘leading hand’ level responsibilities and tasking within these outside projects.

Auckland International Campus (Queen Street)

2017 Study Blocks 
We operate on a schedule of five study blocks throughout the year and students have study breaks at all other times. Our 2017 academic calendar is as follows:

  • Study block 1: 16 January - 10 March, 2017
  • Study block 2: 27 March - 19 May, 2017
  • Study block 3: 6 June - 28 July, 2017
  • Study block 4: 14 August - 6 October, 2017 
  • Study block 5: 24 October - 15 December, 2017
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