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Certificate IV in Surveying

National Course Code: CPP40216


The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Surveying is designed for aspiring technicians who want to work in the booming surveying and mapping services industry. Learn the essentials of surveying in this practical, industry-informed qualification and go on to a range of study and career pathways.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Collect spatial data using various technology
  • Undertake risk management analysis
  • Use a variety of industry software packages
  • Produce computer-aided drawings
  • Learn environmentally sustainable work practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • A keen eye for numbers
  • The ability to use multiple technologies
  • A methodical mind
  • Good communication skills
  • Problem solving abilities


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • A pathway for further study

Career opportunities:

  • Surveying technician


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Surveying

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.


This course is currently available at 2 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this course have:

  • A strong attention to detail
  • An understanding of natural systems
  • An analytical mind
  • A desire to work in the outdoors
  • Good problem solving skills

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments which include short answer questions, multiple choice and true or false questions
  • Practical assessments which include a project based assessment or skills assessments

Each unit of competency will have a theory and practical/skill assessment. Attending block release or face-to-face study allows you to participate in practical activities and assessments.

The Certificate III in Surveying and Spatial Information Services is an entry level qualification that focuses on foundation mapping skills to get you ready to work in the field as a support technician. It also sets you up for success in the Certificate IV in Surveying.

This course, the Certificate IV in Surveying, provides real world workplace exposure where you will apply what youre learning in simulated environments. You will learn to perform a range of duties using surveying tools and equipment, including total stations and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Youll practise your skills at an intermediate level and work as a surveyor under supervision. To gain entry into the Diploma of Surveying you will need to have successfully completed the Certificate IV.

The Diploma of Surveying provides you with the management and supervisory skills needed to oversee a team of surveyors and perform advanced technical duties without supervision.

Depending on your delivery method, and local partnerships with TAFE NSW, you may have the opportunity to participate in excursions that take you behind the scenes in the surveying industry.

There are no excursions for blended delivery as the expectation is that you are currently working within the industry. The block release camp is designed to give you practical, workplace experience, including using some of the latest technologies available.

Face-to-face delivery includes excursions to give you real industry experience.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Collecting, storing, quality-assuring and analysing surveying data
  • Using and maintaining surveying equipment
  • Using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Remote Pilot Aircraft System (RPAS) technology
  • Using Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) software

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Survey control
  • Levelling
  • Construction
  • Engineering

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

If you choose a blended study option, you will need to be working in a surveying environment. This means access to adequate surveying equipment, IT equipment, PPE and software. If you are studying face-to-face classes or attending block release, similar facilities will be provided.

The demand for surveyors across the state is soaring as infrastructure development continues. The surveying and mapping services industry is forecast to generate $3.1 billion in revenue and grow steadily through to 2024. Surveying applications are incredibly diverse, so the opportunities to work as a surveyor both regionally and metropolitan are ample.

The Certificate IV in Surveying has been developed to support the consistent growth that is expected within the surveying industry in the coming years.

Surveying technicians work closely with road construction, infrastructure development, housing and engineering which equates to a diverse range of career options that you can choose from. The TAFE NSW Certificate IV in Surveying prepares you to work as a surveying technician in any of these fields.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • Combination, Virtual classroom on campus
  • Full Time

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  • Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $2,310.00
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 18 Weeks

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