Diploma of Surveying

National Code: CPP50121
TAFE SA Code: TP01203


Become a Surveyor with the Diploma of Surveying. Enhance your practical surveying skills as you also learn to design basic engineering structures and carry out a range of surveying calculations. Learn how to conduct specialised spatial data collection, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) surveys, and geodetic surveying computations. You’ll also be producing maps/plans and learning Cadastral surveying techniques. Expand your knowledge and experience in surveying with this nationally recognised qualification. Learn all about using the latest surveying equipment and software. Kick start you career in a multi-disciple flexible field servicing the mining, engineering, construction, hydrography, aerial mapping, geographic information systems and land surveying industries. Be yourself at TAFE SA.

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12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Surveying
  • Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services (Surveying)
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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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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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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

    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.

    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

    Diploma of Surveying (CPP50121)
    This course provides specialist skills and knowledge in all aspects of surveying. A strong practical focus gives learners extensive skills in the use of a wide range of surveying and precision GPS equipment in a range of industry contexts. In the classroom, students gain valuable skills in leading surveying and engineering software applications and lectures provide the background to survey theory and mathematics. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 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
    Conduct engineering surveys 70
    Conduct geodetic surveys 60
    Conduct GNSS surveys 40
    Conduct precision surveys 60
    Design basic engineering structures 140
    Perform complex surveying computations 80
    Perform geodetic surveying computations 80
    Survey subsurface utility information 60


    Name Nominal Hours
    Capture new spatial data 100
    Compile and check survey plans 30
    Conduct advanced GNSS control surveys 70
    Conduct identification surveys 60
    Conduct open pit mine surveys 140
    Develop spreadsheets for spatial data 60
    Monitor engineering structures 120
    Produce mine drawings 60
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