Otago Polytechnic

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

Location

Dunedin or Auckland

The Auckland programme is for international students only

 

Duration
Two years full-time (four years part-time study available in Dunedin only)
Delivery

Blended learning: face-to-face teaching and self-directed learning 

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
Dunedin: February and July
Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
Apply
Anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    15 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2109
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    8 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
    15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
    24 July 2020 - 10 August 2020
  • Dunedin
    17 February 2020
    3 April 2020 - 14 April 2020
  • Dunedin
    17 February 2020
    20 May 2020 - 31 May 2020

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.

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.

Please note that this new qualification will be phased in so that existing students who have completed the first year of the National Diploma in Construction Management or Quantity Surveying will continue on with the second year of the same. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your study situation. Email david.finnie@op.ac.nz 

Entry requirements 
  • 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.

You will study - Construction Management 

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
Construction Project  30
   
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 2 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

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.

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 >

Additional information and programme costs
Further study options 

With this diploma, you can gain direct entry to the final year of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) degree. 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. 

Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. 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. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. Recognition of skills gained in the workplace will be credited toward courses on a case-by-case basis. 

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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