National course code: CPP40216

Certificate IV in Surveying

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Overview About this course

Map out an exciting career and become qualified to work in the booming surveying and mapping services industry. Learn the essentials of surveying in this practical, industry-informed course, and go on to a range of study and career pathways.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Collect spatial data using various technology

  • Undertake risk management analysis

  • Use a variety of industry software packages

  • Produce computer-aided drawings

  • Learn environmentally sustainable work practices

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience to level sites

  • Skills to create detailed surveys, engineering surveys, geodedict surveys and construction surveys

  • Ability to survey control

  • A pathway for further study

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol.

  • This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.

  • You'll need to be employed in the surveying industry, as evidenced by a letter from your employer

  • You'll need to provide a transcript of your Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information or have equivalent work experience, as evidenced through either an academic transcript or a cover letter

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A working knowledge of computers and software

  • A keen interest in working outdoors

  • A reasonable level of fitness to undertake routine work tasks in the field

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Surveying technician


A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply in some States where cadastral and mining surveying must be undertaken under the supervision of a registered surveyor. Relevant state and territory regulatory authorities should be consulted to confirm those requirements.

Study pathways

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Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Surveying does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate IV in Surveying does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Subjects in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Surveying qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 Units of competency, including 6 core and 8 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Set out site and building works CPPSIS4041

  • Collect spatial data using terrestrial technologies CPPSIS4040

  • Produce computer-aided drawings CPPSIS4037

  • Organise surveying field services CPPSIS4027

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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