New Zealand Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying.xml New Zealand Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

DiplomaFull time - 2 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$5,800 -$6,800


February, July





Course related costs




Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

27 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Gain the expertise and specialist skills needed to become a leader in construction.

Please note: this qualification replaces both the National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and the National Diploma in Construction Management. Students who have already completed papers in those programmes will be able to complete them and all of these qualifications are equally recognised by the construction industry.

The programme provides essential knowledge and skills required to enter employment in either Construction Management or Quantity Surveying on both residential and commercial building projects. Work experience components are included in year 2 of the programme for full time students. The programme is designed with flexibility in mind as many students find relevant work prior to completion of their studies. Most classes are also available in the late afternoon and evening for part time study.

The programme covers the necessary skills at all stages of building projects, from conception to completion, with an emphasis on building technology, communication, health and safety and relevant vocational skills at each stage. For quantity surveyors this means measurement, estimating and cost planning, for construction managers it is planning, methodology and site management.

Both disciplines study procurement, programming and financial administration of contracts.

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 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 L2 which must include 12 credits in literacy level 1 or above and 12 credits in mathematics (excluding statistics) level 2 or above

    OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Construction) Level 3 or equivalent

    OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this programme, pathways are available through New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 3.

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

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an 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

Career opportunities for quantity surveyors and construction managers are excellent. Most students find work in commercial construction, as well as housing, therefore future demand in these disciplines continues to be strong.

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction with the strand in Construction Management can work as a:

  • Construction Management technician.

With further training and/or experience graduates of this diploma may be able to work as a:

  • Residential or commercial construction site/project manager
  • Contracting construction manager/site/project manager
  • Property manager
  • Contracts supervisor/manager
  • Local or central government building inspector
  • Construction management tutor.

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction with the strand in Quantity Surveying can work as a:

  • Quantity Surveyor.

With further training and/or experience graduates of this diploma may be able to work as a:

  • Senior quantity surveyor
  • Registered quantity surveyor
  • Estimator
  • Quantity surveying consultant/contractor Procurement manager
  • Senior/Cost manager
  • Quantity surveying tutor.

Study pathways

Graduates of this qualification may wish to undertake further tertiary study at diploma or degree level in the field of Construction Management or Quantity Surveying.

Recommended school subjects

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • English rich subjects
  • Science
  • Technology
  • ICT