Advanced Diploma of Surveying
In this program, you'll gain the educational and practical training to extend your career in the surveying, mapping, and geographical information systems (GIS) industries.
Surveying is based on the collection, management and presentation of information related to surveying, mapping and geographical information systems.
It is an integral part of local, state and national land management programs, building and construction projects, environmental studies, navigational systems and monitoring of emergency situations.
You’ll use cutting-edge surveying technologies and software and take part in land development exercises. You will also learn cadastral surveying. Throughout this program, you will develop the capacity to conduct an advanced global navigation satellite system (GNSS), control and monitor complex engineering surveying structures.
You’ll design a spatial project plan and learn how to apply quality control measures to the spatial information services industry.
As part of this program, you will act as a surveying team leader for your major project, conduct research into an issue and present your findings. You can liaise with real-life employers to develop and deliver this project.
You'll experience lectures, tutorials, practical/laboratory exercises, work-simulated projects, competency-based assessments, online and offline learning and balanced hands-on practice.
This program features practical classes situated at RMIT’s surveying and geospatial sciences facilities in Yarra Bend Park in Fairfield, which offers a variety of environments and access to urban spaces.
Theory and computer-based classes are conducted on RMIT’s City campus and use specialised labs and industry-standard software.
The full-time program is run over two days each week, and you are encouraged to investigate part-time work as a paraprofessional in the surveying industry while you study.
RMIT University has a strong partnership with the industry through our Industry Advisory Committee and regular visits to workplaces to get feedback on the industry’s training needs.
We facilitate student placements and employment through Surveying Task Force's surveying website and invite industry partners to give presentations.
We also host industry events for the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute, Surveying Task Force, and the Land Surveying Commission.
In the Advanced Diploma of Surveying, you will:
- further your knowledge in drafting, project management, detailed surveying equipment use, monitoring and quality control
- focus on developing your practical experience using industry-standard equipment
- use various surveying technologies and software for electronic data capture, processing and presentation
- take part in land development exercises and learn cadastral surveying (surveying relating to land ownership and property boundaries) in a project environment
Throughout this program, you’ll develop the capacity to:
- manage risk
- conduct advanced GNSS control surveys
- conduct complex engineering set-out surveys
- monitor engineering structures
- plan and implement surveying projects
- apply land and planning law to surveying
- conduct advanced remote sensing analysis
- develop and manage a budget
- use advanced 2D and 3D computer aided drafting techniques
As part of this program, you will undertake a major project involving developing responses to real-world surveying problems. You will take on the role of a surveying party leader and conduct research into your chosen issue, undertake fieldwork, develop documentation and present your findings in a simulated industry setting. You are strongly encouraged to liaise with real-life employers to develop and deliver this project.
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Program code: C6156
National curriculum code: CPP60116
RMIT’s strong links with surveying and spatial industry associations mean graduates are highly sought after.
On completion of the Advanced Diploma, most students find full-time jobs in the industry as a surveying technician/party leader.
You may be employed in the surveying industry as an assistant to a land surveyor, survey technician, survey field party leader, GIS/GPS operator, or computer draftsperson. You may initially work in areas such as land management, civil and structural engineering, or asset management for local government or mining companies.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
SEAS Form: This is a gender under-represented program and awards SEAS bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a VTAC SEAS application and select category 1.
- Graduates with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 may be eligible to receive:
- credit for nine courses (equivalent to 108 credit points) from the Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours), if successful in gaining a place; or
- credit for 10 courses (equivalent to 120 credit points) from the Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours), if successful in gaining a place.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2018 government subsidised place: AU$7500* per annum
- 2018 full-fee place: AU$15750* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.