Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Graduate Certificate in Construction
Qualification Type Graduate Certificate
Level 7
Credits 60
Subject Area
  • Architecture and Building » Building » Building Construction Management
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Graduate Certificate in Construction aims to develop graduates who have the intellectual rigour, skills and capability needed by construction professionals. The qualification is aimed at construction professionals wishing to undertake a short programme of study in order to extend and update their knowledge and skills. It will be of interest to building inspectors, building practitioners, construction managers, contract supervisors, project managers, and quantity surveyors. Students will focus on an area of specialisation (Construction Management or Project Management or Quantity Surveying) relevant to their future career path. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Construction will be able to:
* Apply analytical, practical and research capabilities to unfamiliar situations in the area of construction
* Engage in professional level communication in visual, written and verbal modes
* Assess efficiency and productivity in construction projects
* Design, evaluate and apply health and safety management systems in construction contexts (Construction Management specialists)
* Plan and manage construction projects using project management principles, tools and techniques (Project Management specialists)
* Undertake measurement and estimation processes for construction projects (Quantity Surveying specialists).
Education pathways
Graduates wishing to undertake further study may be admitted into more advanced programmes in New Zealand or overseas.
Employment pathways
Possible employers in the public sector include government departments, local authorities, and educational institutions. Possible employers in the private sector include construction companies, consultancies, and infrastructure service companies. Graduates may also work in private practice. After graduation (and further work experience in some cases) possible jobs include Building Estimator, Building Inspector, Construction Economist, Construction Manager, Contract Manager, Project Manager, Property Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Site Manager and Team Leader. The Long Term Skill Shortage List published by Immigration NZ in February 2018 includes Building Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Application by Academic Qualification Students will have completed all requirements of a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (such as architecture, engineering, science, surveying, technology). Special Admission Application by Mature Entry (20 years of age and above) Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, mature aged applicants who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided they have successfully completed an approved course or programme, or have relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry. Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following: NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Successful completion of a Bachelor 's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the preceding 2 years: * IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 * TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE) * TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) * Cambridge English Examination -B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. * OET at Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests * NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 5 (Academic) or (Professional) b) Level 5 * Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 * Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill * Trinity ISE ISE11 with no less than distinction in any band or Completion of all primary education and at least three years secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction, or Completion of five years of secondary education at schools with English as the language of instruction. Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they: Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or Have successfully completed a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master's Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, or Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA, or Have achieved the required score and with all scores achieved in a single test in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years..
Education Organisation Southern Institute of Technology
Developed By Southern Institute of Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 4136
Status Current
Created October 2019
Next Review December 2024
Content
.Building Information Modelling and Communication (all students) Construction Practices (Construction Management specialists only) Health and Safety in Construction (Construction Management specialists only) Planning and Scheduling Construction Projects (Project Management specialists only) Project Management (Project Management specialists only) Estimation and Measurement (Quantity Surveying specialists only)

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