Diploma of Surveying
- Program code: C5236
C6098, Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services
- Campus: City campus
- National curriculum code: CPP50107
This program gives you the educational and practical training for a career in the surveying, mapping, and geographical information systems (GIS) industries.
Spatial information and surveying services rely on the collection, management and presentation of information that relates to surveying, mapping and GIS. This is an integral part of:
- local, state and national land management programs
- building and construction projects
- environmental studies
- navigational systems
- emergency situations' monitoring.
The growth of digital technologies is seeing the widespread use of surveying tools that map and display information drawn from multiple databases.
Diploma: 1 year full-time
Advanced Diploma: 1 year full-time
Learning and teaching
You'll experience lectures, tutorials, practical/laboratory exercises, work-simulated projects, competency-based assessments, online and offline learning and balanced hands-on practice.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You'll learn how to:
- perform geodetic surveying computations
- plan spatial data collection and validation
- carry out surveying computations
- do a civil site survey and set out procedures
- conduct Global Positioning Systems (GPS), engineering and geodetic surveys
- carry out an engineering surveying project
- create engineering drawings, design roads and railways
- produce maps.
You'll develop further knowledge in drafting, project management, detailed surveying equipment use, remote sensing and quality control.
Areas of study include:
- surveying practice and computing GIS and GPS
- legislation and cadastral surveying (title surveying)
- business management
- land management
- communication skills
- occupational health and safety.
We emphasise practical experience and we work with industry-standard equipment.
You'll use various surveying technologies and software for electronic data capture, processing and presentation.
You'll do land development exercises, and you'll learn cadastral surveying in a project environment.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
The full-time program is only 3 days a week so you can work part time in the industry as a paraprofessional.
We also offer industry exposure through regular seminars with guest speakers and opportunities to take part in simulated spatial science and survey activities at our Yarra Bend field station.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Diploma graduates find work in the information industry as:
- assistants to land surveyors
- survey technicians
- GIS/GPS operators
- computer draftspersons.
Work is available in areas like:
- land management
- civil and structural engineering
- asset management for local government or mining companies.
Advanced Diploma graduates find paraprofessional work as:
- land and engineering surveyors
- surveying technicians
- drafting technicians.
We produce highly sought-after graduates, due to our strong links with surveying and spatial information industry associations.
Professional recognition and accreditation
If you graduate from the Advanced Diploma and have practical experience, you'll be eligible for professional certification with the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
Program entry requirements
Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 & 4—English (any) and Mathematics (any) or prerequisite units 1 & 2—Mathematical Methods (either).
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.
How to apply
1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.
2. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the nominated date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.
3. Check if you are eligible for a Victorian Government subsidised place. If not you will need to apply for a full-fee place.
4. Check the table below for how to apply.
5. Apply using the appropriate method by the closing date.
Level of study
Semester 2 (midyear)
Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma
Internal application (current students only)
Internal application (current students and recent graduates only)
Certificate III and below*
* Some Certificate III and below programs are administered by direct application to RMIT.
If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.
Tuition fees vary according to each program.
There are 2 tuition fee types:
- Victorian Government subsidised places where your fee is shared between you and the Victorian Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria
- full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost.
As a TAFE student you may be eligible for the following:
RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.
You'll need to buy a scientific programmable calculator plus relevant statutes, software licences and handbooks.
In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
Once you complete the Diploma of Surveying, you can progress to the Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services may be eligible to apply for exemptions of up to 2 years in the:
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.