Otago Polytechnic

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

Location

Dunedin or Auckland

 

Duration
Quantity Surveying: Two years full-time or four years part-time; Construction Management: Four years part-time alongside employment in the industry
Delivery

Face-to-face teaching and self-directed learning

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
Dunedin full-time: February
Dunedin part-time: February or July
Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
Apply
Anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 January 2020
    18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
    9 March 2020 - 20 March 2020
    27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 March 2020
    27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
    18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
    5 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    1 June 2020
    5 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
    27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
    14 December 2020 - 8 January 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 August 2020
    14 December 2020 - 8 January 2021
    5 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
    8 March 2021 - 19 March 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    19 October 2020
    8 March 2021 - 19 March 2021
    14 December 2020 - 8 January 2021
    17 May 2021 - 28 May 2021
  • CapableNZ
    1 October 2020
  • CapableNZ
    1 November 2020
  • CapableNZ
    1 December 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    20 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    20 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    14 March 2022 - 25 March 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    14 March 2022 - 25 March 2022
    20 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
    23 May 2022 - 3 June 2022
  • CapableNZ
    1 January 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    5 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
    3 October 2022 - 14 October 2022

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 Managers

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

Please note: If you want to study Construction Management, you need to be working in the construction industry in a supervisory capacity or will have the opportunity to work in a supervisory capacity during the duration of your study (which is four years part-time alongside employment). This option includes a 30-credit applied project based on a project you have managed in the workplace.
Benefits of this qualification
  • Quantity Surveying students 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.
  • The Construction Management strand supports the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme, providing eligibility for a streamlined application process towards Site License Classes 1, 2 and 3 in accordance with information on the MBIE website: http://www.business.govt.nz/lbp.
  • In addition, it is possible to study the other strand either after completing the first strand or at the same time if the timetabling permits.
  • Upon successful completion of this diploma, you can gain direct entry into the final year of our Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) or (Site Management)* 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your study situation. Email david.finnie@op.ac.nz or Construction@op.ac.nz.

*The Site Management specialisation is subject to approval. 

Entry requirements 
Construction Management strand 
  • Entry is restricted to those working in the construction industry with a New Zealand trade background or similar.
  • You need to be working in a supervisory capacity or will have the opportunity to work in a supervisory capacity during the duration of your study.
  • 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.

Quantity Surveying strand 
  • 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

Recognition of Prior Learning (Construction Management only)

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, you may have already gained credits towards this qualification. Capable NZ, our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning, is currently offering the Construction Management strand of this qualification and recognition of skills gained in the workplace will be credited toward courses on a case-by-case basis.

Find out if this is the right pathway for you > 

You will study (Construction Management) 

If you want to study Construction Management, you need to be working in the construction industry in a supervisory capacity or will have the opportunity to work in a supervisory capacity during the duration of your study (which is four years part-time alongside employment). 

This strand totals 240 credits. 

YEAR ONE  
COURSE NAME CREDITS
Construction Technology: Small buildings  Either 1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credit course
Construction Technology: Medium and Large Either 1 x 30 or 2 x15 credit course
Measurement 15
Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment 15
Estimating  15 
Introduction to Dispute Resolution  15
   
YEAR TWO  
COURSE NAME CREDITS 
Programming 15
Procurement and Tendering  15
Contact Administration 15
Quality Assurance and Site Safety 15
People Management  15
Project Management 15
Construction Project  30 
   
Total 240
You will study (Quantity Surveying) 

This strand totals 240 credits. 

YEAR ONE  
COURSE NAME CREDITS
Construction Technology: Small buildings Either 1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credit course
Construction Technology: Medium and Large Either 1 x 30 or 2 x 15 credit course
Measurement 15
Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment 15
Estimating 15
Introduction to Dispute Resolution  15
   
YEAR TWO  
COURSE NAME CREDITS 
Programming 15
Procurement and Tendering 15
Contact Administration 15
Advanced Measurement 15
Cost Planning 15
Value Management 15
Quality Assurance and Site Safety   15 
Applied Project Management 15
   
Total 240 
Practical and work-based components

There is no requirement for learners to complete an internship or similar component. However, if the circumstances are appropriate and conducive to an individual learner’s needs, there is a possibility to meet programme requirements through workplace learning. We will continue to have managed student projects off campus to enable all learners to approach the ‘commercial competence’ that is written into this qualification. Year two learners that are not in workplace learning arrangements will have additional ‘leading hand’ level responsibilities and tasking within these outside projects.

Your workload

If studying at our Dunedin Campus

Full-time

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.

Part-time

You can study this programme part-time, typically over four years (five years maximum by negotiation). Part-time paths of study are planned with each learner individually so you can fit your studies around work. 

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. Auckland study block dates >

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. 

Additional information and programme costs (Dunedin)
Student loans and allowances with TTAF

Whilst this programme is free for you to study via the Trades and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), this fund only covers tuition fees and compulsory costs such as student levies. It does not cover any additional costs or living costs. You can pay for additional and living costs by yourself if that is possible for you or by applying for a loan or allowance through Studylink.      

It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 

  • For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website 

Please note: Student Loans and Allowances and TTAF are available for domestic students only.   

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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