Study quantity surveying

To qualify as a quantity surveyor you can either gain a New Zealand Diploma in Construction (QS) or a Bachelor's Degree in Quantity Surveying or Construction Economics. 

You can take on entry-level roles with either kind of qualification. If you get a New Zealand Diploma, you can go on to complete the degree programme, and you'll probably be able to cross-credit some of your papers.

With a Bachelor's degree you can go on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters.

You can study as you begin your career, or retrain for a new career. You can study part- or full-time, and can study while gaining experience in the construction industry.

While studying you can become a Student member of NZIQS.

What you should study before you enrol

If you're at secondary school, we recommend you study to Year 13 level in at least one maths and one science subject. Other useful subjects include English, Computing and Economics. Get information about entrance requirements from Individual education providers.

New Zealand Diploma in Construction (QS)

The New Zealand Diploma in Construction (With QS strand) is equivalent to 2 years full-time study at NZQA Level 6. You can also study part-time at any of the education providers, and study via distance learning at the Open Polytechnic.

Most providers will allow for Recognition of Prior Learning if you have extensive knowledge and skills from practical experience.

Once you have completed the NZ Diploma and have four years experience in any construction job, you can apply to be an Affiliate member of NZIQS.

Student Awards

The NZIQS NZ Diploma Student Award is awarded to a 2nd year student member at each of the tertiary providers offering the NZ Diploma in Construction (QS). The award is worth $250 and a certificate. See list previous award winners

Quantity Surveying Degree

There are FOUR Bachelor degrees offered in New Zealand that are accredited by NZIQS.

Once you have completed a NZ QS Degree, you can apply to be a Graduate Member of NZIQS.

Where you can study in New Zealand


Get more information

Find out more about quantity surveying as a career:

CareersNZ  - Information on careers

MBIE - Occupation Outlook for Quantity Surveyors

BCITO - The Industry Training Organisation for the construction trades. It’s responsible for developing the NZ Diploma in Quantity Surveying.

Next Steps magazine

School Connect website