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New Zealand Diploma in Construction

Level 6

More than just a building course, the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying) is the ideal qualification for people who want to work as construction managers or quantity surveyors.

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Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 2 years, full-time or part-time study options

19 Feb 2018 - 7 Dec 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,892.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

From the start to the completion of residential as well as commercial building projects, the New Zealand Diploma in Construction will provide you with extensive construction training, the knowledge and the skills for a successful career in either construction management or quantity surveying. 

Upon completion of this programme, you will receive qualification to enter employment in construction management or quantity surveying under the supervision of a more experienced practitioner relevant to your chosen area of expertise.
This qualification also provides employers and consumers with the confidence that construction and building projects are being effectively planned and organised and with sound financial management that meet the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Senior quantity surveyor
  • Registered quantity surveyor
  • Estimator
  • Quantity surveying consultant/contractor
  • Quantity surveying tutor
  • Procurement manager
  • Senior cost manager
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Quantity Surveyors.

 Course Information

  • Communication in the Construction Industry
  • Tendering Administration Processes for Construction Projects
  • Contract Administration for Valuing Building Works
  • Materials in Construction Projects
  • Services for Construction Projects
  • Structures for Residential Construction Projects
  • Feasibility and Analytical Reports for Construction Projects
  • Commercial Construction 
  • Residential Estimation
  • Residential Tendering
  • Construction Programming & Construction Methodology
  • Personnel Management
  • Site Management
  • Construction Planning
  • Health & Safety and Quality Assurance in Construction
  • Measurement
  • Measurement and Estimation Commercial
  • Preliminary Estimates

 Domestic Entry Requirements

This programme has open entry, however it is recommended that people entering programmes leading to the award of this qualification have: 

  • 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. 


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent, including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

Applicants under 20 years of age: 
Applicants under 20 years of age must provide evidence of an equivalent academic qualification that meets the relevant programme requirements for entry. Please refer to the International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria Guidelines for more details.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Construction comprises 240 credits.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in a workshop or construction site. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins. To optimise chances of success, 100 per cent attendance is strongly recommended.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Construction:
  • Faber Castell graphite sketch pencils (6B - 2H) - packet of six
  • Pilot Hi Tech V7RT Retractable Rollerball Pen
  • Pilot Hi Tech V7RT Retractable Rollerball Pen Fine Black
  • Staedler Academy scale ruler 961 80 2AS 300mm
  • Staedtler Mechanical Pencil 0.9mm
  • Pencil leads 0.9mm HB
  • A3 sketch pad
  • Lecture pad A4, 7mm, ruled, 200 leaf
  • Compass set
  • Protractor
  • USB memory stick 4GB
  • Eraser max large vinyl (1)
  • French curves
  • Triangles 200mm (45/45, 30/60)
  • Pencil sharpener


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.