New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Civil).xml New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Civil)

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New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) (Civil)

DiplomaFull time - 2 years, part time - up to 5 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$5,700 - $6,300


February, July





Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


This national qualification was designed by the industry in 2010 and updated in 2015 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector for technician engineers.

In this programme we provide a solid grounding in the key principles and practices of engineering science, together with basic design and drawing, surveying, geotechnology, materials, highway engineering and communication skills. You will develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for the design and implementation of engineering technology. Our tutors are industry experts with years of experience in the field of civil engineering. The civil engineering discipline has electives in structures, water and waste water, highways, traffic and surveying. We collaborate with our industry partners to ensure the currency of the programme so you can apply your knowledge in the real-world environment.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 2

    A minimum total of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry)


    including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013).

Alternative requirements
  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge)


    equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note : Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please send us:

  • an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Graduates are employed as engineering technicians, designers, construction supervisors, or sales engineers and are in high demand globally. You can choose employment options related to supporting the design and construction of infrastructure developments like subdivisions, highways, irrigation and hydropower systems, and public amenities such as water and waste water infrastructure and treatment.

This qualification meets the academic requirements for membership in the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Upon graduating you will be able to function at a technician-level in many countries as outlined by the Sydney and Dublin Accords (International Engineering Alliance 2002).

Study pathways

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering provides a pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology with established cross-crediting arrangements. Graduates can also benefit from the Diploma in Computer Aided Design.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Calculus , Algebra, Trigonometry