New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)  New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil)

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Diploma Full time - 2 years, part time - up to 5 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2015)




$5,600 - $6,100

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

Programme Code



February, July





Application due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street


Learn about the design and development of civil infrastructure including water supply and treatment, irrigation and hydropower systems, highways, subdivisions and structural architecture.

This two year diploma designed by industry in 2010 to meet the needs of the New Zealand engineering sector includes core and elective courses focused on the design and implementation of engineering technology and aimed at providing you with sound thinking and problem solving abilities.

You will gain a solid grounding in engineering theory and principles of engineering science including basic design and drawing, mathematics and communication skills.

With the mechanical specialisation you can select from different strands including mechanical engineering, services and production. Your studies will cover processes for installing, testing, and monitoring equipment and systems, operating and maintaining advanced plant, and managing or supervising these activities.

You will also complete work placements where you can apply your knowledge in a real world environment.

It is expected that graduates will attain the educational underpinnings and work ready attributes defined in the IPENZ Graduate Profile for Engineering Technicians.

The graduate profile defined by IPENZ is benchmarked internationally to the exemplar graduate attributes for graduates of technician education programmes recognised under the Dublin Accord.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 48 NCEA credits in four subjects at Level 2 including at least 12 credits in mathematics And a minimum of 8 literacy credits at Level 1 or higher including 4 reading and 4 writing or equivalent qualifications, trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. CPIT literacy and numeracy assessments are available.
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtests). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Career opportunities

Civil Engineers work with the physical infrastructure and design public amenities such as water supplies/treatment, subdivisions, highways, irrigation and hydropower systems. Structural work on the design of skeletons of buildings is a further branch of this profession.

Graduates are usually employed as technician engineers, design draftspersons, construction supervisors, or sales or project engineers and are in high demand globally.

This qualification also satisfies the academic entry requirements of the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) accreditation system.

Study pathways

The New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is the ideal pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering Technology; the Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Design is a further option.

Recommended school subjects

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technology

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