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New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology


Course details


Architectural technicians use their construction and drawing knowledge to make building designs become a reality.

They produce drawings and documents that enable pricing, consenting and construction of domestic and commercial building projects. They also create architectural models and specifications and may be involved in administering construction contracts.

Students in this programme will learn to prepare fully detailed drawings and specifications for the construction of buildings, both manually and using CAD packages.

Students will be equipped to work as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects.

After an additional period of suitable experience, students will be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.

What you will learn

Year one includes documentation for small buildings, materials and structural principles, construction for small buildings, feasibility and environmental impact.

Year two includes construction for medium and large buildings, design in the built environment, virtual design, and construction.

Students will study a range of modules that will teach them to:

  • Research, prepare, and communicate design and construction documents for small to medium scale projects
  • Assist with researching, preparing and communicating design and construction documentation for large or complex building projects
  • Assist with general practice management
  • Demonstrate oral, oral, and written communication skills in both formal and informal styles
  • Demonstrate social, legal, and cultural contextual knowledge

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.


Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
BSTE401Construction Industry Environment415
BSTE402Materials and Structural Principles415  
BSTE503Feasibility and Environmental Impact515Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502 
BSTE505Building Services515Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502
BSTE502Construction for Small Buildings (Envelope)515Recommended BSTE402 

Construction for Small Buildings (Structure)

515Recommended BSTE402 
BSTE504Construction for Medium and Large Buildings515



ARCH401Construction Documentation415  
ARCH503Scoping and Preliminary Design515  
ARCH502Documentation for Small Buildings515

Recommended ARCH401 & BSTE501 or


ARCH501Construction Detailing515

Recommended ARCH401 & BSTE501 or


ARCH602Construction Design Development615Recommended ARCH503 
ARCH603Contract Administration615  
ARCH601Design in the Built Environment615  
ARCH605Documentation for Medium Buildings615Recommended ARCH604 
ARCH604Virtual Design and Construction615ARCH502Recommended BSTE504



Flexibility to fit your life 

Components of this programme are on the Wintec student online portal Moodle. That means you can plan your study around other commitments, or take on part-time employment through our industry connections while you study.

Learning by doing

Throughout the programme, students will use the latest computers and CAD software. They will visit construction sites to complete problem-based and practical assignments.

Students will build a scale model house that complies with current industry standards and New Zealand legislation. 

Career/further opportunities

Graduates may be employed as an architectural technician in small-to-medium-scale building projects and after an additional period of
suitable experience may be able to work on larger and more complex building projects.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 60 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 14 credits in mathematics and 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 3; ​
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

Based on your work experience (on the job)

If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.​

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

Selection criteria

Candidates who do not meet the entry requirements may be granted entry into the programme after an interview to determine reasonable likelihood of success in the programme. Recommendations and/or requirements around supplementary learning or entry requirements may be made on an individual basis.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6 across all bands; or equivalent.

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Architectural technology pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Year 1 students starting February 2022

Induction day
Date: Monday 14 February 2022
Time: 11am-2pm
Venue: CG.17, Room 17, ground floor, C Block, Hamilton City Campus

Informal drop-in sessions

Join us at one of the below drop-in sessions anytime between 9am and 2pm where you can check out some of our learning software, meet your teaching team, find out more about our support services available, and get answers to any questions you may have.

Session 1
Date: Wednesday 16 February 2022 
Time: 9am-2pm

Venue: DLG.19, Room 19, ground floor, D Block, Hamilton City Campus

Session 2
Date: Thursday 17 February 2022 
Time: 9am-2pm

Venue: CG.17, Room 17, ground floor, C Block, Hamilton City Campus

Session 3
Date: Friday 18 February 2022 
Time: 9am-2pm 
Venue: A1.02, Room 2, first floor, A Block, Hamilton City Campus

What you will need

A laptop capable of running AutoCAD and Revit (note that this software is not available on Mac iOS). Access to CAD Software will be provided for free.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Drawing equipment required

A detailed list will be provided on your first day to help with purchasing the correct items:

  • Technical Propelling Pencil with Leads 2H and HB leads
  • Scale rule, with 1:100, 1:50 and 1:20
  • Line or lettering guide (Alvin Ames Lettering guide L666)
  • Circle guide or may be called a 'Radius Guide'
  • Adjustable set square
  • Drawing tube for transporting work
  • Drawing paper (A3, good quality blank cartridge paper)
  • A3 Drawing Paper Carry Case
  • Drawing pencils – mechanical clutch-type pencils are ideal with lead size 0.5mm for drawing and 1mm for sketching
  • Pencil lead grades for the best results are:
    • Construction line drawing (H to 2H lead)
    • Outline drawing (HB to B lead)
    • Sketching (HB lead)
  • Compass for circles (good quality) with spare lead and sharpener
  • Roll of masking tape 18mm
  • Set squares o 45 and 30/60

Optional (worth having)

  • Scale rule
  • Eraser
  • Templates for small circles, ellipses and curves

Highly recommended (optional)

  • A2 size drawing board for use at home (students have limited access to Wintec drawing boards outside of class time)


  • PPE steel cap shoes
  • High vis vest

Please note that you do not need to bring these items with you on your first day but will need items throughout your course.

Additional information


NZ standards and textbooks required:

  • Access to standards will be provided (digital)
  • House Building Guide; Pringle, Trevor (2011)-3rd Edition. Porirua: Branz Ltd

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

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