New Zealand Diploma in Architectural Technology

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation

Subject area

Architecture and Urban Environment not elsewhere classified


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Entry requirements

Entry to this qualification is open. However, it is recommended that people entering programmes leading to the award of this qualification have:
- a minimum of 35 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English and Maths;

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:

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Architecture and Urban Environment at this level can earn:


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Scholarship information

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Te Ātiawa o Te Waka-a-Māui Award

Provided by:

Victoria University of Wellington - The Scholarships Office




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Timber Design Society Research Scholarship

Provided by:

New Zealand Timber Design Society Inc. - The Administrator



Maximum value of $3,000.

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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

Phone: (04) 381 6430
Fax: (04) 381 6431

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