Diploma of Surveying

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to those who provide guidance in surveying activity. They analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging technical, creative and conceptual competencies. Their knowledge base may be highly specialised or broad within the surveying field and they may be responsible for group outcomes.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

16 units of competency:

7 core units

9 elective units.

The elective units must ensure the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome and are to be chosen as follows:

up to 9 units from the elective units listed below

up to 2 units may be chosen from Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications in CPP07 or another current Training Package or accredited course.

Core units

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Plan spatial data collection and validation

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Conduct an advanced GNSS 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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Perform advanced surveying computations

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Perform geodetic surveying computations

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Conduct geodetic surveying

Elective units

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Produce maps for land management purposes

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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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Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

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Prepare and present GIS data

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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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Use complex spreadsheets for spatial information

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Locate underground services in surveying practice

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Manipulate and analyse GIS data

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Conduct open mine pit surveying

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Create mine drawings

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Conduct underground mine surveying

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Compile and check survey plans

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Apply and monitor systems and methods of surface coal mining

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Apply site risk management system


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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

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


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 surveying or spatial information services (SSIS) 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


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


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.