NZ Diploma in Construction (Level 6)

with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

Programme Duration

2 years


Domestic Student: $10,000 per year
International Student: $18,000 per year

Delivery Method

Face-to-face and blended

Qualification Description

The aim of this programme is to enable learners to develop theoretical knowledge and skills in construction management or quantity surveying on residential and commercial building projects to be able to assist with all stages of construction management or quantity surveying under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.

Learners should be able to effectively plan and organise construction and building projects with sound financial management that meets the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.

Learners will be able to work as assistant construction managers or assistant quantity surveyors on construction projects, and the programme provides recognition of knowledge and skills for those already working in those roles. The two strands (construction management and quantity surveying) acknowledge the various knowledge and skills involved in construction management or quantity surveying and enables the building of knowledge and skills specific for each strand to enable people to work in either of these professions.

Course Outcome

On successfully completing the programme, learners will be able to:

  • Administer and manage construction contracts using effective communication with different stakeholders, quantifying and documenting contract terms, and reporting progress in accordance with contractual obligations and industry best practices.
  • Comply with and operate within the New Zealand legislation and regulations governing the building and construction industry.
  • Evaluate and select materials and finishes for building projects taking into consideration sustainability and the impact on the built environment.
  • Analyse and evaluate construction for foundations and substructure, passive fire protection, the structure for a specific design, the envelope, and the interior for small, medium, and large buildings.
  • Analyse, plan, monitor, and administer construction contracts including evaluation of tender submissions, preparing payment claims and payment certificates, contract variations, and time adjustment claims.
  • Formulate procurement processes that comply with legislative requirements and ethical considerations, conduct risk analysis, and risk mitigation, and develop a tender bid proposal for a medium-scale construction project.

Graduates of the Construction Management strand will also be able to:

  • Implement site logistics plans and resource allocation for small, medium, and large construction programmes considering site safety, accommodation, access and movement, lifting equipment, traffic management, and waste minimisation.
  • Manage site establishment and provision of site services for short and long-duration construction projects.
  • Develop and communicate technical sketches relevant to the construction project.
  • Apply leadership principles in the construction industry to manage teams, set appropriate goals for a team in a construction site workforce, and lead change in a construction site that enhances positivity and minimises negativity.

Graduates of the Quantity Surveying strand will also be able to:

  • Conduct and prepare feasibility studies and determine the viability of undertaking projects.
  • Develop preliminary budget and cost planning documentation for small and medium building projects.
  • Estimate costs for inclusion in tenders for small, medium, and large building projects.
  • Assemble quantity surveying documentation and measure schedules of quantities from project information for small, medium, and large buildings.

Entry Requirements

On completing this programme, graduates will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) with strands in Construction Management, and Quantity Surveying [Ref: 2420].

Learners must demonstrate sufficient literacy and numeracy skills (a minimum of 12 credits in Maths and a minimum of 12 Literacy credits at NCEA Level 1 or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills; or have suitable industry experience.

International students must achieve a minimum overall IELTS (academic) score of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5, or meet other acceptable evidence per NZQA’s English language requirements for international students.

CCTA will discuss with the learner the requirements and regulations of the programme and the likelihood of the learner’s success before enrolment.


  • October – 2022
  • January – 2023
  • March – 2023
  • July – 2023


There are no standards associated with this programme.


Number: 2420

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

Level: 6

Credits: 240

Packaging Rules

The programme comprises core (compulsory) modules covering the knowledge and skills in the core Graduate Profile Outcomes (GPOs). There are also specialised modules covering the strand students opt to choose.

Core Modules (Compulsory Modules)

Core Name


Legislation and Regulatory Frameworks


Communication and Digital Technologies


Materials and Structural Principles


Environmental Impact


Contracts Management-I


Contracts Management-II


Construction Management-I


Construction Management-II


Quantity Surveying Strand

Quantity Surveying Strand Name


Measurement for Small Buildings


Measurement for Medium and Large buildings


Cost Planning-I


Cost Planning-II


Estimation for Buildings


Construction Management Strand

Construction Management Strand Name


Site Logistics-I


Site Logistics-II


Provision of Site Services-I


Provision of Site Services-II


People Management: Leadership Principles-I


People Management: Leadership Principles-II


Communicating Technical Sketches


Assessment Method

Exams, written assignments, reports, case studies, and production of construction project documentation, such as schedules of quantities, estimates, cost plans, etc.

NOTE: This programme is delivered by the Auckland College of Tertiary Studies (ACTS). ACTS is the trading name of CC Trading Academy.

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