Diploma of Surveying

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Duration Up to 24 months Full Time
National CodeCPP50116
TAFE SA CodeTP00867
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This course provides specialist skills and knowledge in all aspects of surveying. A strong practical focus gives you extensive skills in the use of a wide range of surveying and precision GPS equipment in a range of industry contexts. In the classroom, you will gain valuable skills in leading surveying and engineering software applications and lectures provide the background to survey theory and mathematics.



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Regency ParkOn CampusOpening 13 Aug 2018

Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access WorkReady funding or VET Student Loans 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
    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.

    Important Information

    • Applicants must complete the Certificate IV in Surveying before completing the Diploma of Surveying. Applicants with a Certificate IV in Surveying can complete the course in 12 months.
    • Please note that fees listed are for the Diploma only. Please see the Certificate IV course page for fees. Certificate IV fees are not covered by VET Student Loans.
    • Course duration covers the Diploma and the Certificate IV.
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    Employment Outcomes

    New graduates will work as technicians under limited supervision in the collection, processing and presentation of data in the areas of mining, engineering, construction, hydrography, aerial mapping, geographic information systems and land surveying. Software, hardware and techniques learnt in this diploma are transferable to careers in the spatial sciences industry both nationally and internationally.

    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)
    Skills covered include collecting spatial data using GNSS, organising field services, surveying computations, computer-aided drawing, terrestrial technologies and setting out site and building works. 6 core units plus 8 electives.

    Diploma of Surveying (CPP50116)
    Skills covered include spatial data collection, conducting GNSS surveys, advanced surveying computations, geodetic surveys and designing basic engineering structures. 7 core units plus 9 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.

    Credit Transfer

    Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

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    The TAFE SA qualification is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.