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New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6)

with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying


Course details

  • Feb 2025
  • Two years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $8,027*
  • Level 6
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus
Please note that the Construction Management Strand is not currently being offered.


Quantity surveyors manage the finances of construction projects. A working day could include liaising with clients, industry professionals and site workers; measuring quantities of materials; estimating; preparing claims, cash flows and construction programmes, and much more.

Students in this programme will learn the practical skills for quantity surveying, including estimating and feasibility, quantification, pricing, and financial administration of a project during construction. With experience, students will be able to extend their work to include larger and more complex building projects and carry out tasks related to cost planning and financial control.


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Level 5 core modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
CONS5001Introduction to Construction 515
CONS5002Materials and Structural Principles515  
CONS5005Construction 1 Residential515
CONS5006Law and Contracts
CONS5007Introduction to Measurement and Estimation 515CONS5005 

Level 6 core modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
CONS6001Construction 2 Commercial615CONS5005
CONS6002Financial Administration615  

Construction Management strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
CONS5108*Safety and Wellbeing515
CONS6105*Planning and Quality615CONS5108
CONS6106*Site Management615
CONS6107*Method Statements615
CONS6108*Regional Project Construction Management615  
*Please note that the Construction Management Strand is not currently offered.

Quantity Surveying strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
CONS5509Measurement 1515CONS5005
CONS6505Measurement 2615CONS5509
CONS6506Cost Planning615
CONS6507Regional Project Quantity Surveying615  

Hands-on training

Studying quantity surveying isn’t all textbooks and theory. Students will talk to experienced site managers on commercial and residential construction sites. They will also get to create a structural scale model of a residential building in order to interpret and apply current legislation.

In the first year, students will work on a project that will include measuring up and pricing the components of an actual house, and in the second year, students will do the same with a commercial building.

Industry tutors and connections

Wintec tutors are highly trained and qualified in their specialist fields. Close connections with the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors mean they are right up to date with what students need to know for future employment.

Students will be given opportunities for practical experience through project work, site visits, and investigations. Wintec has strong partnerships with industry leaders that bring valuable resources such as guest speakers, current skills, and knowledge.

Career/further opportunities

The New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) - Quantity Surveying strand may lead to specialist employment opportunities, such as a quantity surveyor, building estimator, property consultant, or cost engineer.


Entry criteria

General admission

Applicants must hold one of the following:
  • NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in mathematics (excluding statistics) and a minimum of 12 literacy credits at NCEA Level 1, or
  • a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 4 or above, or
  • a recognised equivalent.

Special admission

Anyone who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements is eligible for Special Admission. We work with ākonga (learners) to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. 

Discretionary admission

Anyone who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.

English language requirements

Applicants for whom English or te reo Māori is not a first language need to provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme. International applicants are required to have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6 with no individual band lower than 5.5 from a single test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

Do not meet the entry criteria or need more information?


Quantity surveying pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain direct 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.

Semester 1 2024

Induction day
Date: Tuesday 13 February 2024
Time: 10am-2pm
Venue: A1.04, A Block, Hamilton City Campus

Informal drop-in sessions

Join 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 14 February 2024
Time: 9am-2pm

Venue: AG.02, A Block, Hamilton City Campus

Session 2
Date: Thursday 15 February 2024
Time: 9am-2pm

Venue: AG.02, A Block, Hamilton City Campus

What you will need

A laptop capable of running AutoCAD and Cost X. If you wish to work on BIM models, a high-end discrete graphics card is recommended.

You will need to wear steel-capped boots for any site visits. Your tutor will advise you of these dates.

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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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

Stationery required (all modules)

  • Laptop
  • Calculator
  • Lever arch file, set of dividers, lined refill
  • Scale ruler with 1:100, 1:50, 1:20

Drawing equipment list
You will need the below equipment for all drawing classes

  • Drawing paper (A3 size, 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 45 & 30/60


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


  • PPE steel-capped 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


New Zealand standards and required textbooks

Access to standards will be provided (digital).
Required textbook: 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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