New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) [Version 2]


If you enjoy technical drawing, problem solving and using your creativity, a career as an architectural technician is for you. The qualification will  give you the  essential knowledge and skills required to enter employment as an architectural technician and be able to work on small and medium scale building projects of limited complexity through all stages to completion under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect.  

 This qualification is designed for people intending to work as architectural technicians, and also provides recognition of knowledge and skills for those already working in the role.   

As an architectural technician you will be able to produce working drawings that meet the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards. 

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:  

1. Apply comprehensive knowledge of construction principles and methodology to evaluate design for small and medium building projects in a design, building or construction related environment.  
2. Carry out feasibility studies for small, medium and large buildings.  
3. Establish the clients' requirements, develop and communicate a concept and building design, and prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with a clients' brief.  
4. Evaluate the performance of and select materials and finishes to be used in the building process.  
5. Prepare, organise and present architectural documentation for small and medium buildings using manual and digital technologies in accordance with the legislative and regulatory environment.  
6. Apply knowledge of the roles and responsibilities, documentation and administrative requirements, including the tendering process to construction contract management processes.  
7. Apply organisational principles, use digital technologies and industry best practice to communicate effectively with parties to a construction contract. 

Career Opportunities: 

Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) will be able to work as Architectural Technicians in  

  • construction companies
  • architectural practices
  • architectural design companies 
    city councils.

You will be able to work under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect, on a variety of construction projects.