New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6)

With strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Auckland, Online
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Take the lead in construction!

Have you been on the tools for years? Do you know the construction sector inside and out and are you ready to take that next step in your career? Perhaps the construction sector is in your blood and you want to take more of a lead or project management role. The New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) or (Quantity Surveying) will give you the practical skills and knowledge to take that next step.

You will gain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to give your employer or client the confidence that their residential or commercial construction project is in competent hands and will be effectively planned, organised and delivered on budget according to NZ legislation, codes of practice and standards.

Who is this for?

If you’re already working in the residential or commercial construction sector and you want to take on more responsibility and challenge, or maybe you want more formal acknowledgement and recognition of your existing skill base, then this course is for you.

Alternatively, you could be a school leaver with a passion for the sector and wanting to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the wide range of roles and opportunities available. Whatever your current situation, your future path could be enhanced by completing the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) or (Quantity Surveying).

About TANZ eCampus

The TANZ eCampus online learning platform is a collaboration by seven of New Zealand’s major tertiary providers to provide quality education to New Zealanders no matter where they live. The eCampus platform is easy to use, flexible and supportive. You will be able to access course material, upload assignments and chat to other students through our private online forum. Our portal also keeps you up to date with the latest course information including news, events and important details.

As a TANZ eCampus online student you can learn at your own pace and fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle. All study is completely online – with dedicated facilitators and advisors to help you along the way.

It is possible to study individual courses/papers from within eCampus programmes without completing the full qualification. If you are interested in only competing specific courses/papers please contact the eCampus team to find out more about how this works.

Click here to learn more about TANZ eCampus.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will, in the workplace, be able to:

  • Understand and apply knowledge of the roles, standard documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry, and communicate in a construction related context.

  • Operate within the statutory and regulatory environment as it applies to the construction and design of buildings.

  • Manage construction and resource allocation, programming and construction activities, for a medium building and for medium and large buildings, understand the principles related to the provision of services.

  • Evaluate and select materials and finishes for building projects, taking into account environmental aspects of the design and construction techniques to be used.

  • Apply a broad knowledge of the structure and structural principles for building work including foundations, substructure, the envelope and the interior, and passive fire protection systems for medium and large buildings.

  • Analyse, select and administer construction contracts including the preparation of a tender submission from trade sections and other financial components and value building works up to and including final account statements.

  • Work in a team and identify organisational principles in a construction and consulting environment.

Quantity Surveying strand graduates will also be able to:

  • Analyse and present feasibility information and preliminary estimates to clients.

  • Assemble quantity surveying documentation relevant to specialist and specific trade sections and measure a schedule of quantities for a small building of an individual trade section including services.

  • Collate all priced components into a tender submission for medium and large buildings using tender process knowledge.

Construction Management strand graduates will also be able to:

  • Develop construction plans and methodologies, for medium buildings.

  • Create technical sketches to communicate information relevant to the construction project.

  • Assist with general construction management tasks.

Courses in this programme

The courses delivered via eCampus are different to those listed below. Click here to see the eCampus courses.

Year 1

Compulsory Courses – Year 1 Level Credits
DCCI400 - Construction Industry Environment 4 15
DCMS400 - Materials and Structural Principles 4 15
DCEI500 - Environmental Impact 5 15
DCBS500 - Building Services 5 15
DCCS500 - Construction for Small Buildings 5 15
DXES500 - Estimation for Small Buildings 5 15
DXPP500 - Professional Practice for the Construction Industry 5 15
Construction Management Strand – Year 1 Level Credits
DMQA500 - Site Safety and Quality Assurance Planning for Construction 5 15
Quantity Surveying Strand – Year 1 Level Credits
DQME500 - Measurement for Small Buildings 5 15

Year 2

Compulsory Courses – Year 2 Level Credits
DCCM600 - Construction for Medium and Large Buildings 6 15
DXFN600 - Financial Administration of Construction Contracts 6 15
DXPG600 - Programming for Medium Buildings 6 15
DXPR600 - Construction Industry Procurement 6 15
Construction Management Strand – Year 2 Level Credits
DMSS500 - Site Survey Preparation and Analysis 5 15
DMMG600 - Site Management 6 15
DMMS600 - Method Statements for Medium Buildings 6 15
DMPM600 - Planning Construction for Medium Buildings 6 15
Quantity Surveying Strand – Year 2 Level Credits
DQES500 - Estimation for Medium and Large Buildings 5 15
DQCP600 - Cost Planning 6 15
DQME600 - Measurement for Medium and Large Buildings 6 15
DQMS600 - Measurement for Buildings, Services and Civil Works 6 15

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

  • hold 50 NCEA credits at Level 2 including 12 credits in mathematics (excluding statistics) and a minimum of 12 literacy credits at NCEA level 1.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time/Part time


2 years

Start Dates

Auckland: 2020 Dates:
6 January
2 March
4 May
29 June
24 August
19 October

Online (eCampus): Monthly intakes (Part-time only)

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees Free

International: $18,720 (per year)

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