New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

Unitec New Zealand Limited

Subject area

Architecture and Urban Environment not elsewhere classified




2 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is for people wishing to work as architectural technicians, and also provides recognition of knowledge and skills for those already working in the role.

The qualification provides the construction industry with qualified people who have the essential knowledge and skills required to enter employment as architectural technicians who will be able to work independently on small and medium scale building projects of limited complexity through all stages to completion. Additionally, graduates would be competent to work under the supervision of an experienced architectural technician, designer or architect on large and/or complex building projects.

The qualification will provide employers and consumers with the confidence that working drawings are produced that meet with the requirements of New Zealand legislation, Codes of Practice, and New Zealand and Australian Standards.
This diploma is suitable for candidates from a variety of education backgrounds, including school leavers.
This qualification supports the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) Licensed Building Practitioner Scheme providing eligibility for a streamlined application process towards Design 2 (Category 1 and 2 buildings), in accordance with information on the MBIE website:

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

60 credits at NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits in Maths or a relevant Level 3 or higher qualification or an equivalent qualification or if 20 years of age, provide evidence of appropriate work and life experience, plus English language requirements.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


2 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,820 $13,639
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$9,918 $19,836
Total $16,738 $33,475

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $41,818
Earnings range $33,456 - $48,479
In employment 73%
In further study 19%
On a benefit N/A

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 10 95 10
Phone: (09) 815 2945
Fax: (09) 815 2905

Please contact the provider for details of where this qualification is offered.

Where does this information come from?

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The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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