NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (TK1019) Level 6



Dublin Accord status for NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil)

NZIHT has been granted full accreditation by the Institute of Professional Engineers (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. 



The NZDE (Civil) is a level 6, 240 credit qualification structured as follows:

  • 16 courses comprised of 12 compulsory plus 4 electives (three of the electives must be at Level 6)
  • All courses are of 15 credit value
  • Five of the compulsory courses are common to the mechanical, electrical and civil strands of the NZDE.

The NZ Board of Engineering Diplomas (NZBED) oversees the NZDE.

The  NZ  Diploma  in  Engineering  (Civil) [NZDE  (Civil)]  is  a  two  year,  full-time programnme  of  study  which  can  be completed part time.  

NZIHT, through the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT), offers this programme on a part time basis using a mixed-mode delivery format. This method of delivery caters specifically for the needs of students who are unable to attend a conventional full-time programme.  More details on the method of delivery are given below.

A Career in Civil Engineering

The NZDE (Civil) 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.  

IPENZ Accreditation

NZIHT has received the full accreditation of the Institute of Professional Engineers (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. 

Admission Criteria

Minimum Academic Entry Criteria

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have –

  • NCEA Level 2*, and
  • A minimum total of 48 credits at level 2 in four subjects including at least 12 credits in mathematics (preferably achievement standards in algebra, calculus or trigonometry), or
  • equivalent qualifications (e.g. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge), or
  • equivalent credits from appropriate trades training and/or demonstrated skills and experience

*including a minimum of 10 literacy credits at level 1 or higher (for those who achieved NCEA Level 2 before 2013). 

Special Admission Criteria

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for normal admission may be admitted to the Programme if they undertake the Certificate in Engineering Technology and successfully complete the prescribed requirements. 

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the minimum entry criteria, those applicants for whom English is a second language (including International students) must meet the IELTS overall language requirement:

  • Overall Band Score (Academic) of 6.0 IELTS, with no individual score less than 5.5, or equivalent.


Candidates wishing to enrol for the NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) must complete the Entry Assessment Form and return it with supporting documentation to the Programme and Office Co-ordinator for evaluation.

Following review of the applications by the Academic Programme Leader each candidate will be informed in writing of the result.  There is a requirement that candidates accepted onto the Programme must, for the purposes of obtaining the Diploma, complete a Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Enrolment form.

Applicants will receive the Enrolment Form for WITT when they are notified of their acceptance onto the Programme.

Please note a student is confirmed onto the Programme when NZIHT has received the Enrolment Form from the student.  A confirmation email giving final course details will be issued prior to the start of the first block course.

Course Fees

2018 fees for courses are as follows:

  • All courses $728.29 including GST per course

Programme Structure

At the lower levels of study, students receive a fundamental grounding in engineering principles and practice.  This broad-based grounding is extended at higher levels in the various sub-disciplines of civil engineering.

CLICK HERE for Table 1 – NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) Programme 

Method of Delivery

Method of Delivery

A combination of contact sessions, called Study Blocks, and structured self-directed study is used to deliver the programme. The self-directed study component is undertaken in the student’s own time at home with the aid of course notes and a proposed work programme. Interaction with the course presenter as and when required is via e-mail or telephone.  Interaction with the course presenter and fellow students can also be made through the Course Management System website (NZIHTCMS).

The length of the Study Blocks varies according to the nature of individual courses.

This method of delivery enables candidates to acquire the qualification on a part-time basis.  A person in full-time employment, who is willing to work hard, should be able to undertake 2 to 3 courses per semester. On this basis the programme can be completed in about 4 to 5 years.

The current venues where Study Blocks are delivered, subject to demand, are Hamilton, Christchurch, Auckland and Palmerston North.  Other venues will be considered based on demand. 

Block Course Format

The learning activities for each course comprise the following components:

  1. Contact session(s), referred to as Study Blocks, totalling between 5 and 8.5 days approximately, normally broken into two blocks of equal duration per course.
  2. Structured self-directed study involving Self Evaluation Exercises and Assignments.
  3. Final Examination.

While the block course format, in essence, is a part-time study format specifically designed to cater for persons who are not in a position to attend full-time programmes, it is not a pure “correspondence course”.

The course materials have not been designed to be completely “stand-alone”. The Study Blocks fulfil an important supplementary role to the self-directed study component. Experience has shown that block course attendance is important for all courses, but in particular:.

  • where there is a strong analytical content (e.g. Mathematics, Engineering Fundamentals, Structures 1, Hydraulics) and
  • where labs and/or practicals are involved (e.g. Geotechnical Engineering, Surveying, etc.)

Students are expected to attend all Study Blocks in their courses.  The Study Blocks are especially critical to NZIHT’s mode of delivery.  In the first instance if a Student cannot attend a Study Block an alternative Study Block should be found.  If an alternative Study Block cannot be found, the Student is required to apply to the Academic Programme Leader to be exempted from study block attendance.  This will only be granted if the student can provide satisfactory evidence that he/she will not be disadvantaged by non-attendance of the block course eg on the basis of previous study (only if the student has achieved not less than 65% for any courses completed to date) or relevant recent work experience.

If the Academic Programme Leader does not grant an exemption or is able, in agreement with student, to provide an alternative arrangement for the Study Block material to be satisfactorily covered then the student will be required to withdraw from the course or have the course transferred to another semester. Refunds of course fees or transfer of course fees will be assessed on a case by case basis and will be dependent on the time that withdrawal or transfer takes place.  

Course Management System

Candidates accepted onto the Programme find it useful to have independent access to the internet.   NZIHT has introduced a Course Management System Website (CMS for short) to facilitate the interaction between fellow students, tutors and administrators.

The address is

CMS is a website where:

  • Administration staff post some of the admin resources commonly required by the student and communicates logistics, including venue and timetable information
  • Students can ask course related questions of the course presenters,
  • Course presenters can discuss course related matters or disseminate additional information (including model answers for tests and assignments),
  • Question-and-answer discussion trails (discussion forum) can be facilitated among members of a class group (including the course presenter),
  • Marks for tests and assignments are posted during the progress of courses.

Students are provided with a user name and password to gain access to the site and its facilities. 



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates who can provide evidence of prior study, or work related experience, that shows a direct correlation to a course offered in the programme may be eligible for recognition of prior learning for that course. 

A formal application process must be entered into by the student in order to gain such a credit (an application fee is payable).  The Academic Programme Leader can give an opinion on the likelihood of success but all applications are subject to the approval of the NZIHT Results Committee.  

It is important for candidates to supply copies of results transcripts, and desirably an updated CV, to enable the Academic Programme Leader to give advice on eligibility and possible recognition of prior learning.


How to Apply

Complete  the Entry Application Form and send it to the address given below. Attach  copies  of  results  from  school  and tertiary  education  and  any  additional information or documents (e.g. CV) that may assist  the  Academic  Programme  Leader  in determining  your  eligibility,  possibilities  for recognition of prior learning  (RPL) and which courses you should enrol for.   

This is a pre-enrolment process.

Once your eligibility and subject choices have been confirmed, you will be sent an enrolment form.

Please enrol as early as possible after receipt of an enrolment form.

Enrolment Form Submission Periods:             

Semester 1 courses:  Enrolment forms are received from November until late January.  

Students may enrol for semester 1 & 2 at the start of the year.

Semester 2 courses:  June through middle July.


Contact Details for Enquiries

The Programme Administrator


PO Box 9296

Waikato Mail Centre

Hamilton 3240


Tel :      (07) 850 8330

e-mail :



Study Block Schedule - 2018

Click Here for the 2018 Timetable - Semester 1 and 2

Programme Information

Click here for Programme Information for the NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) (Unified)

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