National course code: CPP50121

Diploma of Surveying

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Overview About this course

Develop your leadership skills for advanced roles in surveying across industries like mining, defence, engineering and more. Build experience using surveying technology and gain critical skills to become a surveying technician or engineering surveyor.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Collect, store and analyse surveying data

  • Use Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), total station theodolites and digital levels

  • Use Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) software

  • Maintain surveying equipment

Course Outcomes

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

  • Exposure to highly realistic surveying work settings

  • Competence performing technical mathematics and Excel computations

  • Confidence using popular surveying tools and technology like Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD), Geographic Information System (GIS), total station theodolites and digital levels

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

  • Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Surveying, the Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services (Surveying) as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate or

  • Significant, relevant work experience where your tasks and capabilities reflect the maths and Excel units of competency in the above Certificate IV qualifications, as evidenced by a letter from your employer or resume

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs and to provide you with the appropriate support for your study success.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Advanced numeracy skills

  • An excellent knowledge of industry software

  • The ability to provide your own personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of covered shoes, a long-sleeve fluoro shirt, a wide-brimmed sunhat and long pants

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 or Spatial Science Technician

Surveying or Spatial Science Technicians collect, record and evaluate spatial information and prepare databases, maps, charts and plans in support of Surveyors, Cartographers or Other Spatial Scientists.

  • Full-time share

    91%

  • Employment size

    400 workers

  • Average age

    41 years

  • Weekly pay

    $1,330

  • Average full-time

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating

    High

  • Gender share

    25% female

  • Future growth

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: Surveying technician, Survey technician , Engineering surveyor and Surveying supervisor

Licensing

Further study and other requirements are necessary following the Diploma of Surveying if you wish to become qualified as a registered surveyor in NSW. Visit the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information for more information on gaining surveying registration. A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for any worker who needs to access a construction site. Local regulations should also be checked for requirements. Visit the SafeWork website for more information on applying for your white card.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

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

Further study 0 Courses

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The Diploma of Surveying does not have any post-graduate courses.

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

The Diploma of 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 Diploma of Surveying qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 Units of competency, including 8 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.

  • Survey subsurface utility information CPPSSI5061

  • Design basic engineering structures CPPSSI5065

  • Perform geodetic surveying computations CPPSSI5054

  • Perform complex surveying computations CPPSSI5053

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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