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New Zealand Diploma in Construction - Quantity Surveying

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) with strands in: Construction Management and Quantity Surveying


Course details

  • Feb 2023
  • Two years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7,472*
  • 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.


View programme modules

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

Schedule A: Common core modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BSTE401Construction Industry Environment415
BSTE402Materials and Structural Principles415  
BSTE503Feasibility and Environmental Impact515Recommended BSTE501 or BSTE502 
BSTE505Building Services515Recommended BSTE501, BSTE502
BSTE501Construction for Small Buildings (Envelope)515Recommended BSTE402 

Construction for Small Buildings (Structure)

515Recommended BSTE402 
BSTE504Construction for Medium and Large Buildings515BSTE501, BSTE502 
CNST502Estimation for Small Buildings515Recommended BSTE502 or BSTE501 
CNST501Professional Practice for the Construction Industry515  
CNST601Programming for Medium Buildings615Recommended BSTE504 
CNST602Construction Industry Procurement615  
CNST603Financial Administration of Construction Contracts615  

Schedule B: Construction Management strand:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
CNST503*Site Analysis for Construction515
CNST604*Construction Methodologies for Medium Buildings615
CNST606*Planning Construction for Medium Buildings615
CNST605*Site Management615
*Please note that the Construction Management Strand is not currently offered

Schedule C: Quantity Surveying strand

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
QSUR501Measurement for Small Buildings515
QSUR602Estimation for Medium and Large Buildings515CNST502
QSUR601Measurement for Medium and Large Buildings615QSUR501
QSUR603Cost Planning615CNST502

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

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 6.0, with no individual band score lower than 5.5 across all bands; or equivalent.

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Quantity surveying 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 info@wintec.ac.nz 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: Tuesday 15 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

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 - 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

Stationery required (all modules)

  • 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

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