Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Building Surveying (Level 6)

Location

Throughout New Zealand 

Duration
Two years alongside full-time employment
Delivery

Online learning and facilitated block courses integrated with supervised workplace learning and experience

Credits
240
Level
6
Start
Block courses: 5-16 March, 2018 (South Island cohort); 21 May-1 June, 2018 (North Island cohort)

For those employed by BCA in a technical role

Are you employed in a Building Surveying environment and need to gain this qualification to meet Regulation 18?

In partnership with Future Skills, BOINZ (Building Officials Institute of New Zealand) and Skills, Otago Polytechnic is 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.   

Regulation 18 requires Building Consent Authorities to have a system in place to ensure that technical staff have, or are “working towards having an appropriate New Zealand qualification within a reasonable time frame”.

This Diploma is the minimum qualification needed for employment as a Building Control Officer in both the public and private sector.  

Learners will attend block courses offered at different locations throughout New Zealand to minimise travel. Run by expert facilitators, these will cover theoretical knowledge and will be supplemented with online learning. This will integrate with your workplace learning and experience. You will be required to manage your own practical field trips and site visit requirements in order to achieve your assessments.

Programme fees
  • Year one - $6,151 (indicative)
  • Year two - $6,151 (indicative)
Entry requirements
  • This programme is only open to those engaged in Building Consent Authority employment (or an equivalent environment).
  • It is not available for international students.   

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 four, 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, click here

A score test 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. 

In-employment admission requirements 

Applicants must meet either the General Admission or Special Admission requirements and provide evidence from their employer that confirms the applicant is employed in a technical role in the field of building control and that the employing organisation is able to provide a range of duties, hours of work, technical supervision, and observational assessment by a technically-competent officer* to ensure that the requirements of the qualification are met. The minimum related hours of work for year one are 574 hours. The minimum hours of work for year two are 502. 

Employing organisations that are considered to meet the work requirements on the in-employment option include: 

  • Building Consent Authorities (BCA), 
  • organisations carrying out the building control technical functions of processing, inspections and certification on behalf of a BCA, and
  • organisations that can provide building control technical expertise and have a recognised quality assurance programme in place. 

Applications will be considered where there is a written offer of employment or an internship agreement from the employing organisation. 

*As defined by The Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006 

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 New Zealand 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. 

Pathways into this programme 

Learners may have completed a qualification in a related discipline. The New Zealand Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4) provides a pathway into this Diploma programme. Where English proficiency does not meet the required IELTS level, learners may pathway to this qualification by completing the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3 or 4) which are available at Otago Polytechnic.

Your workload 

It is expected that you will study for 26 hours per week. There are 46 teaching weeks per year. On average this includes 6 hours per week in structured directed learning, 11.5 hours in an applied workplace or learning environment and 8.5 hours per week in self-directed study. 

Graduate outcomes  

Graduates will be able to: 

  • analyse documentation to determine compliance with the New Zealand Building Code
  • inspect and evaluate building and building work to confirm compliance with the New Zealand Building Code 
  • analyse documentation to compile an evidential file to conclude the certification process 
  • communicate with customers and colleagues to analyse and resolve complex problems, applying professional, ethical, social and cultural practices in all aspects of their work 
  • apply risk management strategies and processes used by regulatory authorities to ensure compliance with the Building Act 
  • practice within recognised competency and professional development frameworks 
  • manage effective and systematic record keeping processes to meet all regulatory requirements 
  • apply knowledge of the regulatory framework to practice and manage the required technical, administrative and regulatory functions 
  • apply knowledge of building materials and building construction systems 
  • investigate and compile an evidence portfolio to support judicial proceedings relating to the Building Act. 

Graduates will have an e-portfolio of evidence containing learning activities and assessments they have completed during the qualification.   

Courses 

Throughout this programme of learning, all courses will conform to the best industry practice and adhere to current relevant New Zealand legislation, regulations and codes of practice including: 

  • the Building Act and associated legislation
  • all clauses of the New Zealand Building Code
  • the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods and relevant Standards. 

The programme comprises twelve compulsory courses totalling 240 credits.

YEAR ONE (All Level 5)
Course name
Course description Credits

Building Construction, 
Materials and Systems

Develop an understanding of the current common
principles of building construction, materials and systems

15

Regulatory Environment

Develop an understanding of the responsibilities of a 
building surveyor within a building regulatory context

30

BCA Environment

Acquire skills and attributes to apply risk management
strategies and processes used by regulatory authorities
to ensure compliance with the Building Act

15

Building Code and Acceptable 
Building Solutions applying to 
Small Buildings - Part A

Acquire skills and attributes to apply the NZ
Building Code to small buildings

 

15

Plan Processing - Small Buildings

Acquire skills and attributes to analyse documentation 
to determine compliance with the NZ Building Code 
for small buildings 

15

Site Inspections 

Acquire skills and attributes to inspect and evaluate 
buildings and building work to confirm compliance 
with the consented plans

15

Building Code and Acceptable 
Building Solutions applying to 
Small Buildings - Part B

Acquire skills and attributes to apply the NZ
Building Code to small buildings

15

     
YEAR TWO (All Level 6) 
Course name
Course description Credits 

Building Code and 
Acceptable Building 
Solutions: Large Buildings

Acquire skills and attributes to apply the NZ 
Building Code to large buildings

30

Plan Processing - Large Buildings

 

Acquire skills and attributes to analyse documentation to 
determine compliance with the NZ Building Code 
for large buildings 

15

Other Statutory Provisions

Acquire skills and attributes to complete processing, 
inspection and certification tasks for other provisions 
in the Building Act

30

Judicial Proceedings

Acquire skills and attributes to investigate and compile 
an evidence portfolio to support judicial proceedings 
relating to the Building Act

15

Final Site Inspections

Have the capabilities and competencies to make informed
decisions and to perform the functions, roles and responsibilities
of a building surveyor within the building regulatory context

30

     
TOTAL   240
Further study options  

This programme can lead to further study at a bachelors’ level in a related discipline. 

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students who have lived in New Zealand for three years. 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. 

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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