NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (In employment)
NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)
No Fees under TTAF*
2 years
Who can apply:
NZ Citizen / NZ PR , Currently working in the building sector
Distance Learning
Next Intake:
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Highlights of the programme

Fit part-time study around work and learn from industry experienced tutors in friendly, small classrooms. This programme will give you regular visits to live work sites and has lessons aligned to building control regulatory requirements.

Highlights of this programme

  • Hands-on project based and workplace-like learning environment 
  • Regular visits to live work sites 
  • Aligned to the building control regulatory requirements 
  • Small class sizes  
  • Industry experienced teaching staff 

Apply online or phone us to find out more information.

Course Fees

This is a FREE programme due to TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund) by the government in response to Covid-19 recovery. It would usually be $6,907 incl. GST. For more information, please click here. 


Student loans and allowances are available for eligible students who meet the StudyLink criteria.

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Keen to build your career in building surveying?

Build a career as a building consent processing officer, building inspector or property inspector and fit part-time study around working in the field. The two-year diploma boosts your job prospects in this fast-moving sector. Gain the skills to meet Regulation 18 of Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

Gain a Level 6 qualification in approximately 2 years:

NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)


YEAR ONE  -  120 credits

Regulatory Environment 

30 credits

BCA Environment

15 credits

Building Construction, Materials and Systems 

15 credits

Building Code and Acceptable Solutions - Small Buildings

15 credits

Plan Processing - Small Buildings

30 credits

Site Inspections

15 credits

YEAR TWO  -  120 credits

Building Code and Acceptable Solutions - Large Buildings

30 credits

Plan Processing - Large Buildings

30 credits

Judicial Proceedings 

15 credits

Other Statutory Provisions

15 credits

Final Site Inspections

30 credits­

General Admission – Academic and English Requirements
Applicants must have:

  • a minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2 or above, including 12 credits in English or a related subject at level 2 or above, and a minimum of 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above,
  • or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge or skills.

The following are deemed to provide equivalent knowledge and skills:

  • a maximum total of 16 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects including English or a related subject, or
  • completion of a trades qualification at Level 3 or above using English as the language of instruction, or
  • completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4)

Special Admission
Applicants must have:

  • Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence; AND
  • Provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification. This can be provided with written evidence, an interview, referee checks or a combination of these. 

Special Admission applicants for whom English is an additional language (EAL) may be required to provide evidence that they have an appropriate level of English proficiency for diploma study at level 6. The English language requirements for international students are a guide to the language level requirements of this programme. For acceptable evidence refer:

A score result in the Otago Polytechnic Internal English Proficiency Test, equivalent to that required for international students is deemed as sufficient evidence of competency.

Those EAL students who are identified as at-risk learners may be required to undertake supplementary tuition in English language to ensure success.

Provisional Admission
Applicants aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work/life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Academic Director or designated nominee.

Selection Criteria
If there are more applications than places available, candidates will be prioritised based on the level of industry experience and academic achievement with greater priority given to people with relevant industry experience and people who have completed the NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4). An interview will normally take place to ascertain and or confirm industry experience. Alternatively, referee checks may be used. 

The indicative course fees for this programme are $6,907 incl. GST for full-time first year of study (32 Weeks). Indicative Fees for the full qualification over two years are $13,814 incl. GST. However, due to TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund) by the government in response to Covid-19 recovery, this programme will be free. For more information, please click here.


  • Site Safe Foundation Passport - $207.00 incl. GST (compulsory for those that do not have a current Site Safe Foundation Passport)
  • Textbooks cost approximately $500.00.
  • A laptop is recommended.