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


TTAF Fees Free


(Conditions apply)

The NZDE (Civil) is currently covered under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), for domestic students they can currently receive fee frees up until December 2022. Please see the TEC website for further details and conditions.

Programme Information handbook

Click here to download a .pdf of the Programme Information handbook

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to the Programme Co-ordinator please contact:
Jill Warner P: (06) 759 7065 ext 3709 E:


Programme Structure / Timetable

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 

Click here for the 2022 Study Block Timetable

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.  


The NZ Diploma in Engineering (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, electronics and civil strands of the NZ Diploma in Engineering.
  • Ownership of the NZ Diploma in Engineering qualification rests with the NZ Board for Engineering Diplomas (NZBED)

The  NZ  Diploma  in  Engineering  (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.

Method of Delivery

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

These programmes are delivered using a mixed-mode delivery model. The key elements of the model are study blocks and tutor-directed self-study. Tutor-directed self-study are the parts of the course which you do in your own time BEFORE and AFTER attending study blocks. In this model the study blocks serve the purpose of supporting the tutor-directed self-study components of the course.

It is compulsory for students  to attend all Study Blocks in their courses.  The Study Blocks are especially critical to NZIHT’s mode of delivery.

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. 

Course Management System

Students accepted onto the Programme require access to the internet.   NZIHT uses a Course Management System Website (CMS) 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 
  • 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.

On acceptance into the programme students are provided with a user name and password to gain access to the site and its facilities. 

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). 

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

Life skills/work experience

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study

such as to suggest likelihood of successful programme completion.

Applicants, who seek entry to the programme under the Life Skills/Work Experience Clause of the entry criteria above, may be required to attend an interview, and/or supply references or other supporting documentation.

Applicants who do not have the required NCEA Level 2 Mathematics skills will be required to complete the foundation course – Introductory Engineering Mathematics Training Scheme (Level 3).


Applicants wishing to enrol for the NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil) must complete the Entry Application Form and return it with supporting documentation to the Programme Coordinator for evaluation.

Following evaluation of the applications by the Programme Coordinator each applicant will be informed in writing of the result.  There is a requirement that applicants accepted onto the Programme must complete a Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (WITT) Enrolment form.

Applicants will receive access to be able to complete the Enrolment Form when they are notified of their acceptance onto the Programme.

Please note a student is confirmed onto the Programme when NZIHT has received and processed ythe Enrolment Form from the student.  A confirmation email with the Programme Regulations and Student Handbook will be sent to the student once enrolled.

Prior to the start of the first study block students will have access on the NZIHT Course Management System (CMS) to the electronic course notes and course information sheet/s. 

How to Apply

Complete  the Entry Application Form and send it to the Programme Coordinator. If you have completed NCEA Level 1, 2 or 3 at school, we can access your NZQA Record of Learning to assess your application. If you have completed 5th, 6th or 7th Form at school or completed your schooling overseas, please scan and send a copy of your results with the application form. .

Once a students eligibility has been confirmed, they will receive log in details for the Course Management System (CMS) to complete the Enrolment Form. 

Enrolment Form Submission Periods:             

Semester 1 courses:  Enrolments are accepted until late January.  

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

Semester 2 courses:  Enrolments are accepted until mid July


Graduates go places with NZIHT

Dublin Accord status for NZ Diploma in Engineering (Civil)

NZIHT has full accreditation from 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. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL refers to the practice of receiving applications for credit towards qualifications offered by WITT for formal or informal learning obtained elsewhere, and determining the suitability of the evidence received to warrant the award of credit towards a qualification awarded by WITT. RPL may take the following forms:

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL)

Formally acknowledges the value of a student’s prior learning, whether formal or informal, by assessing that prior learning for the purpose of considering the granting of credit towards a unit of learning, course or programme in which a student wishes to enrol.

Credit Transfer (CT)

Credit for a course where the exact same course has been completed at another provider.  Formal evidence must be provided by the student to indicate that they hold the relevant result.  NB: If the other provider’s course outcomes do not exactly match the WITT course learning outcomes the application is to be treated as an Assessment of Prior Learning (APL).

Evidence of Prior Learning

Evidence of competency in the relevant Learning Outcomes must be provided to support an application for APL or CT.

This evidence may include but is not exclusive to:

  • Official Transcripts
  • Course Documents
  • Assessed Work
  • Challenge Test set by the faculty (ie demonstration of skill or examination of knowledge)
  • Portfolio of drawings and/or supporting documents as evidence of relevant work experience

Cross Credit (CC)

Application towards one qualification of credit gained for another qualification at the same institution.

How to Apply for RPL

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 approval.

Discuss the application for RPL and the costs involved in the assessment of the RPL application with the Programme Coordinator. 

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