National Qualifications

The Qualification requirements for those working within a Building Control Authority (BCA) environment as a Building Surveyor will benefit all those working in Building Surveying over time.

While a significant proportion of Building Surveyors are employed within the regulatory environment of local government there is an increasing expectation that those who support this sector and those who work independently will and should be formally qualified, as required in other countries.

The qualification requirements for BCOs under Regulation 18 have been mandated to ensure knowledge of the wider professional requirements, and to deliver consistency and accountability to the role nationally.

The first step in qualifying existing BCOs is to progress them through a qualification process known as Assessed Prior Learning (APL) - see below.

The Institute is working on a nationally consistent Cadetship Programme, which will allow entry platforms for those interested in a Building Surveying career.

NZ Diploma In Building Surveying (Level 6)

BOINZ had a lead role in developing and bringing to fruition full time and in-employment pathways to gaining the NZ Diploma in Building Surveying, motivated by consistency and quality delivery of building surveying outcomes nationwide, and in respect of those needing to meet Regulation 18 of the Building (Accreditation of Building Consent Authorities) Regulations 2006.

The Institute is the major strategic industry partner in the qualification, with other related organisations having an interest in the qualification outcome including industry bodies, MBIE, LGNZ, BCA's, SOLGM, IANZ and others. These organisations had qualification development input to help with the approval and listing on the NZQA framework along with Skills and Otago Polytechnic.

Otago Polytechnic were engaged as the provider of choice, delivering funding advantages for our sector also, to deliver the in-employment pathway in partnership with BOINZ, Skills, and Future Skills. Future Skills deliver the 'full-time' study option out of Auckland. Students enrol with Otago Polytechnic who with its partner Future Skills design and manage learning deliverables to meet the defined NZQA qualification graduate outcomes.

The course delivery is managed through Otago Polytechnic's Programme Manager, with the Institute providing support through the delivery of the theoretical learning under the Programme Manager's guidance, as well as strategically at partnership governance/board level through the Institute's CEO.

Our members' interests and concerns are foremost in our minds and we always welcome your feedback, but with the education contract being with Otago Polytechnic they should be your primary NZ Diploma in Building Surveying qualification point of contact;

NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment (Level 4)

The commitment to quality education is further supported by the NZ Certificate in Building Regulatory Environment - an introductory qualification to Building Control. This certificate is intended for those seeking a broad overview of the building regulatory environment.

In particular, it is designed both as an entry point for the technical level Diploma (Level 6) and those seeking work in the design, building and construction, or BCA administration and support functions environment. It delivers a working knowledge of the building regulatory environment for anyone not required to 'make technical decisions' and hence not needing to meet Regulation 18.

If you have any queries please contact BOINZ's Education and Training Manager -


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