Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services (Surveying)

National Code: CPP41721
TAFE SA Code: TP01202


Get started in surveying with the Certificate IV. This nationally recognised qualification will show you how to assist a surveying team who specialise in spatial information services. Learn about collecting spatial data, using specialist software applications, performing simple surveying tasks, producing basic survey plans, operating surveying equipment, producing CAD drawings, and reading and interpreting maps for survey work. You’ll graduate ready to work as a survey assistant with theoretical learning and hands-on skills. Or further your career immediately by transitioning into the Diploma of Surveying.

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24 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake 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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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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This course also has an additional cost of $1,582.00 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. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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 and Spatial Information Services (Surveying) (CPP41721)
    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 3 core units plus 12 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collect spatial data using GNSS 30
    Operate spatial software applications 80
    Perform simple surveying and spatial computations 100


    Name Nominal Hours
    Collect spatial data using a total station 60
    Design and produce maps 60
    Digitally enhance and process image data 40
    Operate surveying equipment 100
    Perform surveying computations 80
    Plan and Conduct field surveying operations 40
    Prepare and present GIS data 40
    Produce basic plans of survey 40
    Produce computer-aided drawings 80
    Read and interpret maps 40
    Set out site and building works 60
    Store and retrieve spatial data 50
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