Spatial science qualifications
Geospatial professionals usually have a degree in surveying, geography, applied or computer science, digital technology, or a related subject. Taking papers in GIS is usually necessary to become a geospatial professional, and options also include postgraduate studies in GIS. For more information see the Futureintech brochure below.
There are several providers of spatial science qualifications in New Zealand including:
- Canterbury University – College of Science, Geography
- Auckland University – School of Environment
- University of Otago – National School of Surveying, Surveying
- Victoria University – School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences.
To become a surveyor you need to have a Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv). This is a professional degree which takes four years.
To become a survey technician or assistant, you need a National Certificate in Surveying (Level 3), National Certificate in Hydrographic Surveying (Level 3), or National Diploma in Surveying (Level 6).
To become a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor you must obtain a Bachelor of Surveying Degree or its equivalent, and pass the Cadastral Survey Licensing Board's examinations. This entitles you to carry out land title surveys and to lodge them into the national land titles system in New Zealand.
Technical surveying qualifications such as the National Diploma of Surveying and the National Certificate in Surveying or Hydrographic Surveying can be gained from providers such as Connexis, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Unitec.
Links to surveying education providers:
- University of Otago – National School of Surveying, Geospatial Science
- Connexis - Infrastructure ITO
- Unitec- NZ Diploma in Surveying
- Bay of Plenty Polytech - NZ Diploma in Surveying
For a full list of education providers of spatial and surveying qualifications download the resource sheets below.