Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 240
Subject Area
  • Architecture and Building » Architecture and Urban Environment » Architecture and Urban Environment not elsewhere classified
  • Planning and Construction » Construction » Architectural Technology
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification is for people wishing to work as architectural technicians, and also provides recognition of knowledge and skills for those already working in the role.

The qualification provides the construction industry with qualified people who have the essential knowledge and skills required to enter employment as architectural technicians who will be able to work independently on small and medium scale building projects of limited complexity through all stages to completion. Additionally, graduates would be competent to work under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect on large and/or complex building projects.

The qualification will provide employers and consumers with the confidence that working drawings are produced that meet with the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.
This diploma is suitable for candidates from a variety of education backgrounds, including school leavers.
This qualification supports the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme providing eligibility for a streamlined application process towards Design 2 (Category 1 and 2 buildings), in accordance with information on the MBIE website: here
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply comprehensive industry knowledge to evaluate design principles for small, medium and large building projects in a design, building or construction related environment.
- Carry out feasibility studies for small, medium and large buildings.
- 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.
- 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 using manual and digital technologies 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.
Education pathways
There are no specific qualification pathways leading to this Diploma. However, achievement of NCEA Level 2 standards from the Creative Industries or Construction and Infrastructure Vocational Pathways, may be helpful.

Graduates of this Diploma may wish to undertake further tertiary study at Diploma or Degree level in the fields of Architecture, Design, Construction Management, or Quantity Surveying, including the New Zealand Diploma in Construction with strands in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying (Level 6) [Ref 2420].
Employment pathways
Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) will be able to work as:
- Architectural technicians.

With further training and/or experience graduates of this Diploma may be able to work as a:
- Architectural designer
- Senior architectural designer
- Architect
- Interior designer
- Urban designer
- Landscape architect
- Design manager
- Consultant design practice owner
or in another field related to Construction, Planning or Design.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Entry to this qualification is open. However, it is recommended that people entering programmes leading to the award of this qualification have:
- a minimum of 35 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English and Maths;
Education Organisation 11 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2416
Status Current
Created 2015-02-02 14:43:12.0
Next Review 2020-06-30 00:00:00.0
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