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
Strategic Purpose Statement
The qualification provides the construction industry with graduates who have the essential knowledge and skills required to enter employment as architectural technicians 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.
The qualification will provide employers and consumers with the confidence that working drawings are produced that meet the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- 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.
- 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 documentation for small and medium buildings using manual and digital technologies in accordance with the legislative and regulatory environment.
- Apply knowledge of the roles and responsibilities, documentation and administrative requirements, including the tendering process to construction contract management processes.
- Apply organisational principles, use digital technologies and industry best practice to communicate effectively with parties to a construction contract.
Education pathways
This qualification may build on the following:
- New Zealand Certificate in Frame and Truss Detailing (Level 4) [Ref: 2085]
- New Zealand Diploma in Timber Structure Detailing (Level 5) [Ref: 4377]
- New Zealand Certificate in Carpentry (Level 4) [Ref: 2738]
- New Zealand Certificate in Joinery (Level 4) with strands in Cabinetry, Timber Door and Window, Timber
Stairs, Laminate Fabrication, and Cabinetry Installation (with optional strand in Computer Numerical
Controlled Machinery) [Ref: 2343]
- New Zealand Diploma in Design (Kitchen Design/Bathroom Design) (Level 5) [Ref: 3221]

This qualification may lead to further higher-level tertiary study in the fields of Construction Management, Quantity Surveying or Architectural Design.
Employment pathways
Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology (Level 6) will be able to work as Architectural Technicians.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
This qualification aligns to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme providing eligibility toward Design Licences 1 and 2 (Category 1 and 2 buildings): information available at www.lbp.govt.nz
Education Organisation 12 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Waihanga Ara Rau Construction and Infrastructure Workforce Development Council
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2416
Status Current
Created February 2015
Next Review April 2026
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