Advanced Diploma of Surveying

Qualification requirements

This qualification applies to individuals who provide strategic direction in surveying. They analyse, design and execute judgements using wide-ranging highly technical, creative, or conceptual competencies, often in an unpredictable variety of contexts. Their knowledge base may be highly specialised or broad within surveying. These individuals may be responsible for group outcomes and for the overall performance of the surveying services activity of a business unit.

This qualification is suitable for an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.


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

9 units of competency:

4 core units

5 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 5 units from the elective units listed below

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

Core units

add topic CPPSIS6023A

Determine client spatial requirements

add topic CPPSIS6032A

Conduct an advanced GNSS control survey

add topic CPPSIS6035A

Conduct complex engineering set out surveys

add topic CPPSIS6036A

Monitor complex engineering surveying structures

Elective units

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

add topic CPCCSV5007A

Undertake site surveys and set-out procedures for building projects

add topic CPPSIS6028A

Conduct design and set out survey

add topic CPPSIS5044A

Develop a subdivision survey design for local government approval

add topic CPPSIS5046A

Design a stormwater system

add topic CPPSIS5051A

Apply land and planning law to surveying

add topic CPPSIS5057A

Carry out a precision survey

add topic CPPSIS6024A

Design a spatial project plan

add topic CPPSIS6025A

Apply quality control measures to spatial information services industry

add topic CPPSIS6031A

Carry out basic mine design

add topic CPPSIS6033A

Conduct underground mine surveying

add topic CPPSIS6034A

Conduct mining geology operations

add topic CPPSIS6037A

Conduct advanced remote sensing analysis

add topic CPPSIS6041A

Compile mine survey plans

add topic FNSORG501A

Develop and manage a budget


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement to this qualification is CPP50112 Diploma of Surveying, or demonstrated equivalent competency.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification


apply verbal and written communication skills to:

build on others‘ ideas to advance discussion and question others to clarify ideas

encourage feedback

provide clear sequenced oral instructions to others

explore ideas in discussion

listen and question to clarify and elicit information

participate effectively in verbal interactions

discuss vocational issues effectively with colleagues and 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

read and write technical reports

research and evaluate

complete required documentation according to organisational guidelines

define and 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


inform relevant personnel of the results according to organisational guidelines

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

select personnel and work teams for the project activity

work effectively as part of a team

Problem solving

apply surveying theory to a range of situations in order to determine, create and facilitate acceptance by users of a suitable spatial data and attribute storage system

determine functional requirements

conduct an audit of existing surveying data sources to determine their suitability, usability, dependencies and adaptability

create and test a prototype or adopt standard format to confirm that design meets functional requirements

apply spatial skills and surveying practise knowledge 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 complex engineering surveying

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

Initiative and enterprise

create and test system design

apply research and analytical skills to:

assemble evidence and evaluate for accuracy and relevance

use and follow academic procedure for research techniques and copyright requirements

use a variety of strategies for planning

apply creative and conceptual skills

apply delegation skills

undertake business negotiation

Planning and organising

apply project management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

develop a plan based on surveying data capture data set out methodologies and practices, according to jurisdictional requirements

prepare for examination and assessment of product or service quality

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

organise project resources and use required surveying reference systems


manage time

prioritise activities

adhere to correct OHS practices

comply with, and develop or amend, organisational guidelines


apply knowledge of organisational policies and guidelines

update skills and knowledge to accommodate changes in environment and equipment, including global navigation satellite system (GNSS) equipment

train others in spatial precision techniques


use a computer (high technical user level) to complete business documentation and apply software and hardware

assess surveying equipment and software systems for suitability against specification

analyse survey practice procedures

select suitable computing platforms and software systems

use technology to lodge survey plans online

develop geographic information systems to run within the internet and private intranets

check equipment is calibrated to required specifications

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.