Otago Polytechnic

 Quantity Surveying

We offer a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) and a three-year Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying). The diploma forms the first two years of the degree and diploma graduates can apply for a third-year of study to complete the degree. We also offer a New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Construction Management).

Our Quantity Surveying programme consolidates specialisations in quantity surveying and construction management. This recognises that quantity surveyors benefit from skills in planning, quality, and safety. It also better enables our graduates to work for Quantity Surveying consultancy firms or construction companies. They may then further specialise at postgraduate level.

Transitional arrangements exist for applicants who hold National Diplomas in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management.



Graduates may work as - consultant quantity surveyors, estimators, contract managers, contract administrators or project managers. With experience, become - a senior consultant, commercial or divisional manager, or operate your own consultancy. Post-grad options exist for further study.





New Zealand Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)

  • Throughout New Zealand
  • Two years (alongside full-time employment)
  • Level 6
  • Starts January
  • Apply now

Are you employed in a Building Surveying environment and need to gain this qualification to meet regulations? In partnership with Future Skills, BOINZ and Skills, we are offering you the chance to complete this qualification whilst in employment. This programme is only open to those engaged in Building Consenting Authority employment (or an equivalent environment) who need to gain this qualification to meet Regulation 18 of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

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

  • Dunedin or Auckland
  • Two years full-time (four years part-time study available in Dunedin only)
  • Level 6
  • Starts February (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
  • Apply anytime

Want to join a team of construction professionals to see the realisation of commercial or residential construction projects? This new qualification is suitable for candidates from a variety of educational backgrounds including school leavers. It has been developed in consultation with employers and industrial, academic and professional bodies to ensure graduates are highly competent and industry-ready.

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

  • Dunedin and Auckland (Auckland - international students only)
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
  • Apply until start date

Take a leading edge with a professional career in construction. Qualified construction professionals are in high demand and this qualification will give you what you need to take an active, lead role in the changing world of construction. In addition to gaining the technical, work-ready skills to price and manage construction work, you will also be able to challenge the status quo to improve processes and drive efficiencies - skills highly sought-after by employees.

David Finnie

Principal Lecturer
& Academic Leader:
Quantity Surveying

021 396 111 

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