NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (Blended online)
NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)
No Fees under TTAF*
2 years
Who can apply:
18 years & above , NZ Citizen / NZ PR
Distance Learning
Next Intake:
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Highlights of the programme
  • Hands-on project based and workplace-like learning environment
  • Regular visits to live work sites
  • Aligned to the building control regulatory requirements
  • Small class sizes
  • Industry experienced teaching staff
Course Fees

FREE (usually $6,907)

TTAF (Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund) by the government in response to Covid-19 recovery. For more information, please click here

Additional costs

Site Safe Foundation Passport - $207.00 incl. GST (compulsory for those that do not have a current Site Safe Foundation Passport)

Textbooks cost approximately $500.00

A laptop is recommended.


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Build a career as a building inspector, property inspector or a quality assurance role in a building environment.

Enrol in the Future Skills NZ Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6). There is a high demand in Building Consent Authorities (BCAs) throughout NZ for capable building professionals who are up-to-date with current regulatory direction, code compliance requirements and building construction practice.

Gain the skills and the qualification to meet Regulation 18 of Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

This programme consists of block courses, self-directed online study and a total of 134 work experience hours in Year 1 and 274 work experience hours in Year 2.


YEAR ONE  -  120 credits

Regulatory Environment 

30 credits

BCA Environment

15 credits

Building Construction, Materials and Systems 

15 credits

Building Code and Acceptable Solutions - Small Buildings

15 credits

Plan Processing - Small Buildings

30 credits

Site Inspections

15 credits

YEAR TWO  -  120 credits

Building Code and Acceptable Solutions - Large Buildings

30 credits

Plan Processing - Large Buildings

30 credits

Judicial Proceedings 

15 credits

Other Statutory Provisions

15 credits

Final Site Inspections

30 credits­

General Admission – Academic and English Requirements
Applicants must have:

  • a minimum of 50 NCEA credits at Level 2 or above, including 12 credits in English or a related subject at level 2 or above, and a minimum of 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above,
  • or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge or skills.

The following are deemed to provide equivalent knowledge and skills:

  • a maximum total of 16 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects including English or a related subject, or
  • completion of a trades qualification at Level 3 or above using English as the language of instruction, or
  • completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4)

Special Admission
Applicants must have:

  • Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence; AND
  • Provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification. This can be provided with written evidence, an interview, referee checks or a combination of these. 

Special Admission applicants for whom English is an additional language (EAL) may be required to provide evidence that they have an appropriate level of English proficiency for diploma study at level 6. The English language requirements for international students are a guide to the language level requirements of this programme. For acceptable evidence refer:

A score result in the Otago Polytechnic Internal English Proficiency Test, equivalent to that required for international students is deemed as sufficient evidence of competency.

Those EAL students who are identified as at-risk learners may be required to undertake supplementary tuition in English language to ensure success.

Provisional Admission
Applicants aged under 20 years who do not meet the entry requirements but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work/life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the Academic Director or designated nominee.

Selection Criteria
If there are more applications than places available, candidates will be prioritised based on the level of industry experience and academic achievement with greater priority given to people with relevant industry experience and people who have completed the NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4). An interview will normally take place to ascertain and or confirm industry experience. Alternatively, referee checks may be used.