Certificate IV in Surveying

National Code: CPP40216
TAFE SA Code: TP00866


This course covers a broad range of surveying practices, and has a strong practical focus including field work and software exercises that complement survey computations taught in the classroom. This course acts as a pathway into the Diploma.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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Total Fees for the 12 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions may apply to Subsidised Training.

Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $390.00 for Calculator, Survey Pack, White Card and First Aid.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Surveying provides a varied and exciting career that has great indoor / outdoor balance, and requires design skills, measurement skills,interpersonal skills and the ability to provide analysis of evidence. As a profession, surveyors are highly respected, well paid and in constant demand. Surveyors are expert in the science of positioning and measurement.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Surveying (CPP40216)
    Graduates will work under limited supervision to aid in the collection, processing and presentation of data in the areas of mining, engineering, construction, hydrography, aerial mapping, geographic information systems and land surveying as survey assistants. This course acts as a pathway into the Diploma. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 6 core units plus 8 electives.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collect spatial data using GNSS 20
    Collect spatial data using terrestrial technologies 60
    Organise surveying field services 30
    Perform surveying computations 60
    Produce computer-aided drawings 80
    Set out site and building works 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Conduct field surveying operations 40
    Digitally enhance and process image data 40
    Operate spatial software applications 80
    Operate surveying equipment 100
    Perform basic surveying computations 100
    Read and interpret maps 40
    Store and retrieve spatial data 50
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