Diploma of Surveying

Not Applicable


Packaging rules

To achieve recognition at the Diploma level, the candidate must demonstrate competency in the seven core units, plus nine electives (total sixteen units). Up to two of the required electives may be selected from otherqualifications aligned at the Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level in this Training Packageor from other relevant endorsed Training Package qualifications aligned at the Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.

Core units

add topic CPPSIS5001A

Plan spatial data collection and validation

add topic CPPSIS5017A

Conduct an advanced GPS data collection and set out survey

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Conduct an engineering survey

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Create engineering drawings

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Manage advanced surveying computations

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Perform geodetic surveying computations

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Conduct geodetic surveying

Elective units

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Develop and use complex spreadsheets

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Work with the manager

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Ensure a safe workplace

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Undertake site surveys and set-out procedures for building projects

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Apply building control legislation to building surveying

add topic CPPCMN4002A

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic CPPSIS5003A

Implement a spatial information services project plan

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Maintain complex spatial data systems

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Collate and interpret spatial data

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Design a spatial data storage system

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Develop a subdivision survey design for local government approval

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Undertake spatial process improvement to reduce costs and improve service

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Design a stormwater system

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Conduct an engineering surveying project

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Apply land and planning law to surveying

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Integrate surveying datasets

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Plan and conduct major survey expeditions

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Design road and railway

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Carry out a precision survey

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Determine suitable information sources to create new spatial datasets

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Conduct open mine pit surveying

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Create mine drawings

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Conduct underground mine surveying


Report on workplace performance

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Undertake a civil site survey

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Apply and monitor systems and methods of mining

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Prepare and present geographic information systems data

add topic LGAPLEM508A

Manipulate and analyse data within geographic information systems

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Implement and maintain management plans to control risk

add topic PSPLAND308A

Compile and check survey plans

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Produce maps for land management purposes


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Qualification Summary

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include the following facets:


apply communication skills

discuss vocational issues effectively with colleagues

impart knowledge and ideas through oral, written and visual means

apply literacy skills to:

assess and use workplace information

locate and interpret legislation and other written documentation

prepare and manage documentation and information flow

read and write key performance reports, including technical reports

research and evaluate (high level) in order to source SIS educational information

document project objectives, deliverables, constraints, principal work activities and equipment requirements according to spatial data specifications and client requirements

implement and maintain agreed communication processes between project members, clients and other stakeholders

complete required documentation promptly, accurately and according to organisational guidelines

implement and apply agreed communication processes between project members, clients and other stakeholders

apply numeracy skills to:

analyse errors

conduct image analysis

interpret and analyse statistics

perform mental calculations

record with accuracy and precision

undertake high level computations


relate to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with a range of physical and mental abilities

present project specifications to relevant personnel

inform relevant personnel of the results according to organisational guidelines

Problem solving

evaluate spatial information to apply knowledge to plan future collection requirements

scope spatial data acquisition requirements

analyse client instructions to determine specific needs and spatial data requirements

evaluate available collection options

research and adhere to pertinent legal and statutory standards

create, extract and output information from engineering plans

spatial skills to:

understand the holistic implications of height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position to actual operational activity and virtual representation

exercise precision and accuracy in relation to surveying

solve complex problems relating to height, depth, breadth, dimension, direction and position in actual operational activity and virtual representation

design and interpret technical documentation

Initiative and enterprise

select preferred option on the basis of client needs and organisational capability and priorities

develop spatial data collection and validation plan

create survey drawings using suitable software

Planning and organising

plan spatial data collection and validation

plan the processes and procedures involved in undertaking field surveys, including access, layout, development and provision of services, according to organisational and OHS guidelines

organise resources for survey operations

prepare computer-aided design environment

implement project management mechanisms to measure, record and report progress of activities in relation to the agreed schedule and plans

archive spatial data according to project specifications


delegate duties

prioritise activities

adhere to OHS requirements throughout the conduct of design and drawing procedures


perform file management and train others in this task

perform spatial data archival and retrieval and train others in this task

perform spatial data management and manipulation and train others in this task

train others in spatial precision techniques

update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in operating environment and equipment

apply knowledge of terminology and nomenclature applicable to surveying


use a computer (high technical user level) to develop business documentation

create survey drawings using suitable software

conduct operational elements of surveying operations

understand and apply high-level, relevant engineering-related tasks and associated computations

Due to the high proportion of electives required by this qualification, the industry/enterprise requirements described above for each Employability Skill are representative of the property industry in general and may not reflect specific job roles. Learning and assessment strategies for this qualification should be based on the requirements of the units of competency for this qualification.

This table is a summary of Employability Skills that are typical of this qualification and should not be interpreted as definitive.