New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)

Qualification code OP2416

If you enjoy technical drawing, problem solving and using your creativity, a career as an architectural technician may be right for you. This qualification will enable you to work under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect on a variety of construction projects. As an architectural technician you’ll interpret legislation such as the building and resource management acts, and apply it to construction drawings. You will also understand the stages of a construction project, and the documentation required for each.

Reuben BIG

Reuben Munro,  New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology graduate and  professional architectural technician


  • Level 6  
    Credits 240 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $9,600 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

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What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • establish the clients’ requirements, develop and communicate a concept and building design, prepare approval documentation for a building project in accordance with a clients’ brief
  • evaluate the performance of and select materials and finishes to be used in the building process
  • prepare, organise and present architectural working drawings for small and medium buildings in accordance with the statutory and regulatory environment
  • understand the roles, documentation and administrative requirements of the construction industry, apply this knowledge and assist senior personnel through the
    tender process.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a career as an architectural technician/draughtsperson within construction companies, architectural practices, architectural design companies, or city councils.

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

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Assessment and exam

All courses are internally assessed with no examination. All assessments need to be submitted on or before the due date online.

Information about assessment

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