There has never been a more critical time for New Zealand to discover, grow and employ Engineers. With the amount of Infrastructure to be built over the next 5-10 years, we just do not currently have enough people within New Zealand’s workforce to be able to cope with the future demand of the industry.

NZIHT can help. We provide a pathway to become a Civil Engineering Technician, most commonly involving studying while working at the same time. We deliver our qualifications across four major cities over the country. Our learning model consists of classroom and distance learning within the student’s own time.

Our classroom learning is delivered in what we call “Study Blocks”. The blocks range between 2-4 days at a time dependant on the requirements of the paper being taken at that time. The blocks are scheduled well in advance at the start of the year, so the students and the companies and organisations that they work for can plan ahead and book those times out ahead of the busy day to day workload that occurs regularly.

Should the event occur when a “Study Block” is missed or not attended due to work or personal circumstances, the same block could still be attended in a different venue – with minimal disruption to the learning environment. Our tutors are supportive and we often receive glowing feedback from our graduates mentioning how much the support from them has contributed to their success.

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NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Level 6)

The DipEng (Civ) prepares a student for a career in the civil engineering industry.  Civil engineers plan, design and construct the infrastructure in which we live and work. This includes the establishment of facilities like roads, railways, airports, water supply, drainage, wastewater disposal, bridges, dams, multi-storey buildings, tunnels and other public works.

Civil engineers are employed by a range of different organizations including district and city councils, engineering consultants, contractors, transportation agencies such as NZ Transport Agency, academic institutions, environmental agencies etc.  

NZIHT has received the full accreditation of Engineering NZ (formerly IPENZ). This means that NZIHT graduates of the NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) can now take their qualification to the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, USA, Australia and Korea and it will be recognised in any one of these Dublin Accord member countries as being substantially equivalent to that of the other members. 


Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) (Level 7)

The Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) is designed to provide holders of engineering qualifications an opportunity to acquire technical knowledge in highway engineering and general knowledge of applied management. It will provide a professional development opportunity for practitioners who hold a relevant tertiary qualification and who seek to broaden, or develop, their knowledge of highway engineering.  The Graduate Diploma will also prepare them for further study at other institutions and universities in New Zealand and overseas.

Applicants will typically include:

- Bachelor of Engineering graduates, local or overseas, who have little or no highway engineering background
- Non-engineering graduates, e.g. persons holding science, geology or similar degrees

The principal aim of the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways)  is to provide the highway engineering industry with a programme which will equip candidates with the technical and management skills to function at middle management level.  

On completion of the Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Highways) graduate will be able to:

- Apply advanced technical knowledge in a highway design or construction environment
- Innovatively apply and modify practices in the field of highway engineering
- Creatively plan, design, control, budget and prioritise highway construction and maintenance programmes to standards required by the engineering profession
- Provide managerial input into highway engineering projects and activities
- Implement and complete projects without direct supervision
- Undertake a wide range of support activities, including organization, management, liaison and public relations
- Analyse and evaluate technical and economic options
- Display substantial personal and professional communication skills, both verbal and written
- Exercise responsibility for the work of others, including cost effective allocation of resources
- Maintain individual quality standards
- Continue studies towards higher professional or managerial qualifications

These graduates will be well placed to move into employment and/or further education in areas of: 

- Design of roads
- Construction of roads
- Maintenance of roads
- Project management
- Local government
- Asset management



I am currently employed as a Network Manager at the NZ Transport Agency. I work closely with our Network Outcomes Contractor on all aspects of asset management for the 631km of State Highway within the Manawatu/Whanganui Region. I am also responsible for identifying and project managing Resilience and Emergency Works projects within the region. I am currently lead project manager for $47M worth of Emergency Works being carried out in the Manawatu and Taranaki Regions.

Because of the way NZIHT offered their courses, I was able to work full time, raise a young family and gain a qualification. By working in the industry while studying, I was able to put what I had learnt into practice immediately, further reinforcing what I had been taught. The Diploma is taught in such a way that you don’t just have the technical knowledge but also the practical application of each subject allowing you to enter the workforce with confidence.



Pat has been studying at NZIHT since Feburary 2014.  He has three papers left to complete for his NZDE civil which should be all wrapped up by the middle of 2018.

The NZIHT’s multiple locations and dates for the same course within each semester makes it easy to plan and change course dates to suit work and personal life commitments.  The flexibility of course pathways has meant he could choose his options in a way that is relevant to projects and contracts at work.  This delivery structure also allowed him to plan which courses to complete in conjunction with each other…whether that be for relevant course content, his strengths or weakness’ or volume of work for each course.

The class sizes, delivery format and tutor selection have meant his effort put in is reciprocated by the tutors and support staff, this has meant making good academic gains, which in turn has helped accelerate his move from a foreman in residential and industrial construction to management in civil construction and maintenance.

The ongoing support of Westroads and the rest of the management team, has been paramount to completing my studies in a timely manner and with above average results.


Some time ago we identified a need to have tertiary qualified people on our Management team. We have employed people with Engineering degree’s and NZCE’s in the past, which has been successful as well. However, this time, due to a growth period in our company, it was decided it would be worth going down the working trainee route. This would enable us to mould the person into our way over time. 

Pat Connell was deemed suitable for the role due to his practical experience in a range of Civil activities, and his high school achievements showed us he could complete the diploma academically. Whilst there are short term financial costs and there is considerable time the employee is away off the job on block course training, we believe the long-term benefits will be worth it in the long run.


Sandi has successfully completed her studies with NZIHT, graduating in May of 2017 and is currently working for Opus International Consultants Ltd in Palmerston North.

She started this qualification while working as the Transportation Planner at Palmerston North City Council, where she was in charge of managing the city council’s assets and delivery of Roading programmes. Palmerston North City Council encouraged her to undertake the NZ Diploma of Engineering (Civil) as part of her professional development within the organisation, allowing her time to study away from the office despite her direct team’s heavy workloads. The council felt that the qualification would assist in helping Sandi grow as a professional within the transportation industry.

After 14 years at PNCC and completing the Diploma with NZIHT, Sandi has now gained employment with Opus International Consultants Ltd. As a Senior Civil Technician, she consults with local organisations and industries, including her former employer PNCC.

“Studying while working, as well as being a full-time mum was challenging” says Sandi. “NZIHT’s unique learning delivery within ‘Study Blocks’, meant that I could plan ahead and fit my studies around the demands of work and family life”.

“The block courses were rewarding for me as a visual leaner and also a nice break away from work and life distractions; this time was precious and invaluable to my exam success. At my age, I had forgotten many study techniques and one tutor took the time to teach me about mapping for exam preparation. Without this special attention, I don’t think I would have passed some of the more technical exams – I am so grateful for this support”.

When asked “Why would you recommend other students to study with NZIHT” she replied.

“NZIHT offers the freedom to study at your own pace, with the tutors and admin teams providing support throughout your chosen study period so you can obtain that qualification you are seeking. You are supported every step of the way, and it is a great way to work and study part time”.


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