Construction and Building Surveying

NZ Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6)

NZ Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 6)



Gain real-world technical skills in budgeting and cost planning for construction projects in this hands-on learning programme. Domestic students will study at our Manukau campus and international students at our Auckland Central campus. This project-based programme is run in four blocks of study over two years. Each block lasts nine weeks. You need to dedicate about 35 hours per week to the programme. 

New Zealand offers residency under a number of categories including for those who have completed their study in New Zealand. To learn more about your specific situation, please refer to the Immigration New Zealand website or engage with a licensed immigration adviser.

Programme Summary

Level 6
240 credits
The indicative domestic fees are $7,408 per year
International fee: $22,000 per year. After scholarship: $18,000 per year
2 years
Who Can Join:
16 years & above
NZ Citizen / Resident visa holders
International students
Auckland Central (Queen St)
Domestic: 24 June, International: July, October


Learn to measure and estimate building costs

Learn the latest technologies in construction

Learn to communicate in a construction related context

Join the NZIQS as a free student member

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“The teachers are awesome. They give me very good support.”
Mingmin Guo



This programme leads to successful careers as Estimators, Consultants, Contract Administrators, Contract Managers and Junior Quantity Surveyor.



Gain in-demand skills to enter one of the fastest-growing industries in New Zealand.

Better pay

According to NZ, the average salary of quantity surveyors in New Zealand is $100,000. Entry-level positions start at about $74,000 per year and soar to up to $144,000 per year for experienced workers.

High job prospects

Construction is the fifth largest sector in New Zealand’s economy, employing just over a quarter of a million people. Around 4,800 new jobs a year will be created in construction in the years to 2028, according to the government’s medium to long-term employment outlook.

The skills of Quantity Surveyors are highly sought-after in New Zealand – as there are quantity surveyor shortages throughout the country, and demand is growing.

Auckland represents over a third of New Zealand's construction activity, especially for its extensive housing projects. However, there are opportunities elsewhere including various roading projects, Christchurch's rebuild, and Wellington's earthquake strengthening, ensuring there are plenty of opportunities all over New Zealand.

International Students

Quantity surveyors are on New Zealand’s skill shortage lists, so if international graduates have a full-time job offer – and the right experience and qualifications – it may be easier to apply for a visa.

 Source: Immigration NZ

Domestic students

To enrol in this programme, you will need a minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2, including 12 credits in Maths, and a minimum of 12 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1 or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

You will also need access to a laptop, desktop computer or tablet and a reliable internet connection to complete this programme.

International students
  • A minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2, including: 
    • 12 credits in maths, and
    • a minimum of 12 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1
  • OR be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.  
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

We do not accept international learners under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment.

Cost Estimation

You will learn to analyse and present feasibility information and preliminary estimates to clients. You will be able to assemble quantity surveying documentation relevant to specialist and specific trade sections and measure a schedule of quantities for a small building of an individual trade section including services. 

Regulatory Environment

You will develop an understanding of the roles, standard documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry. You will learn to operate within the statutory and regulatory environment as it applies to the construction and design of buildings.

Project Management

You will learn how to manage construction and resource allocation, programming and construction activities, for medium and large buildings. You will know how to evaluate and select materials and finishes for building projects, taking into account environmental aspects of the design and construction techniques to be used. You will be able to analyse, select and administer construction contracts including the preparation of a tender submission from trade sections and other financial components and value building works up to and including final account statements.

Construction Technologies

You will gain knowledge of structure and structural principles for building work including foundations, substructure, the envelope and the interior, and passive fire protection systems for medium and large buildings.

You will learn to use the following software:

  • QV Cost Builder
  • Cost X
  • MS Project
  • Excel

Bachelor of Construction degree.

You will have access to classes each week where you can ask your lecturers questions about your assessments and learning.

Will this qualification be recognised in the industry where I will work?

Yes, this qualification is NZQA approved and recognised by New Zealand employers.

What will I earn after graduating with this qualification?

According to NZ, the average salary of quantity surveyors in New Zealand in 2022 is $90,000. Entry-level positions start at about $65,000 per year and soar to up to $133,000 per year for experienced workers.

What do my job prospects look like?

There are not enough trained quantity surveyors to meet demand. For this reason, quantity surveyors appear on Immigration New Zealand's long-term skill shortage list.

Demand for quantity surveyors is strong due to a shortage of workers, especially those with practical experience, a construction boom meaning more building work, an extra 22,000 houses needed over the next 10 years in Auckland and building work needed to upgrade leaky homes and earthquake-prone buildings.

Is this high demand likely to continue?

Employment is forecast to grow 3.3% per year out to 2023 and then 2.3% per year to 2028.

I have so many commitments. I am concerned I may not be able to complete the programme.

Please feel free to reach out to our Student Services team and find out how you will be supported during your learning. 

Do I need to have any computer skills?

Yes, you will need basic computer skills to be successful in the programme.

What are the benefits of this qualification?

You 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.

After graduating, you can gain direct entry into the final year of our Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) (Level 7).