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

New Zealand



What will I learn?

Become a construction professional and help realise commercial and residential construction projects.

The New Zealand Diploma in Construction is recognised by employers and industrial, academic and professional bodies - so when you graduate you'll be highly competent and industry ready.

What do quantity surveyors and construction managers do?

Quantity Surveyors and Construction Management professionals work with clients, architects, engineers, consultants, and local authorities to complete construction projects.

Quantity Surveyors

Quantity Surveyors can budget, price, and financially administer construction projects. Typical roles include Consultants, Estimators, Contract Administrators, and Contract Managers. With experience, quantity surveying can lead into the fields of project management, commercial management, and dispute resolution.

Construction Management focuses less on financial management, and more on planning and managing time, resources, quality and health and safety. They are less focused on financial management than quantity surveyors.

Your workload

If studying at our Dunedin Campus

You should commit approximately 38 hours per week towards your studies. This comprises around 19 hours of class time per week, with the remainder spent in self-directed learning.

If studying at our Auckland International Campus

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per Study Block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study.

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

Further study options

Upon successful completion of this diploma, you can gain direct entry to the final year of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) or (Site Management) degree which you can study full-time (one year) or part-time (two to three years). The degree will provide broader skills around business and construction law, and management so is geared towards a more senior level. Graduates would initially still enter the industry as Consultants, Estimators, Contract Administrators, or Contracts Managers. Then, upon gaining sufficient experience can apply for more senior positions, without first needing further study. 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.

Delivery: On campus: Face-to-face teaching and self-directed learning; By distance: Online learning, cases studies and reflection

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$23,400.00 (US$ 14,993) per year
NZ $48,164 for the entire course; NZ $23,400 (First Year)
Start date

7 February 2023, 24 April 2023, 24 July 2023, 9 October 2023


Auckland International Campus

Level 1, 350 Queen Street,


Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$23,400.00 (US$ 14,993) per year
NZ $48,164 for the entire course; NZ $23,400 (First Year)
Start date

20 February 2023


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9054, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

OR be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills.

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 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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