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0.5 Year


The Certificate IV in Surveying and Spatial Information Services (Surveying) takes your technical skills to the next level, as you specialise in the field as a surveying technician. Learn to collect data using emerging technology, and gain transferable skills that will set you apart from the rest.

This course provides you with everything you will need to know about surveying. You will gain industry-like experience as you develop a range of technical and theoretical skills that can be used across the infrastructure, energy & construction industries.

TAFE NSW is the leading provider of education and training in Australia, with over 130 years of history. Our courses are designed in close consultation with industry, so you graduate with relevant, up-to-date skills and knowledge.


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

  • Collect spatial data using GNSS
  • Organise surveying field services
  • Perform surveying computations
  • Produce computer-aided drawings
  • Use terrestrial technology
  • Set out site and building works


Build your experience and get practical skills in: 

  • Collecting, storing, quality-assuring and analysing surveying dat
  • 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


Develop the qualities you need to get ahead in this industry:

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


This qualification could help you prepare for roles like:

  • Surveying Technician


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Academic Requirement:

English Language Requirements:
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with no individual band less than 5.5) or equivalent

TAFE NSW makes every effort to ensure your Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) needs are met. The level of support you need may be assessed via a review of your LLN skills with written tasks and a one-on-one interview. If you need to strengthen your LLN skills, an individual training plan will be created with you.

To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Talent in mathematics
  • Working knowledge of computers and software
  • A keen interest in working outdoors
  • A reasonable level of fitness to undertake routine work tasks in the field

A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work in NSW. This is specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007).

Please visit the Safework NSW website for more information on applying for your white card.


From mountains to oceans, from cities to country towns, international students can choose from a range of courses offered at multiple campus locations across the state. Experience our vibrant spaces such as libraries, cafes and gyms as well as places you can network and socialise.

Learn more about TAFE NSW study locations

LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Jul A$12,650
LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
Ultimo Jul A$12,650


Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the resources, counselling and facilities to support you while you are studying.

We offer a range of support services including: 

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service
  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support
  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service
  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor
  • LinkedIn Learning - an online resource that offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills


To receive this course students must complete all core units and a range of Additional units. 

Note: Additional units may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit at that location. TAFE NSW does not guarantee that speciality units listed will be offered at each location and semester. You will receive your timetable from the teaching section on commencement and speciality units offered will be provided at that time.

  • Packaging Rules
  • To achieve this qualification, competency must be demonstrated in 15 units of competency consisting of:
  • 3 core units 12 elective units.
  • For a specialisation in surveying, electives are to be selected as follows:
  • a minimum of 6 units from Group A an additional 6 units from Group A, Group B and/or Group C
  • Or up to 2 of the 6 elective units from Group A, Group B and/or Group C may be selected from any current training package or accredited course.
  • Core Units
  • CPPSSI3020 - Perform simple surveying and spatial computations
  • CPPSSI4025 - Collect spatial data using GNSS
  • CPPSSI4036 - Operate spatial software applications
  • CPPSSI4022 - Store and retrieve spatial data
  • CPPSSI4030 - Operate surveying equipment
  • CPPSSI4031 - Perform surveying computations
  • CPPSSI4032 - Plan and conduct field surveying operations
  • CPPSSI4037 - Produce computer-aided drawings
  • CPPSSI4040 - Collect spatial data using a total station
  • CPPSSI4041 - Set out site and building works
  • CPPSSI4038 - Prepare and present GIS data
  • MEM30012A - Apply mathematical techniques in a manufacturing engineering or related environment
  • PSPLND001 - Investigate tenure and land use history
  • CPPSSI5060 - Develop spreadsheets for spatial data


From certificates to diplomas, degrees to study packages, you can take your study further with us.


Build your expertise with a TAFE NSW Surveying study pathway:


Plan your study around your life with a TAFE NSW study package. Our study packages allow for multiple courses to be packaged together that can lead you to a TAFE NSW or an Australian University Bachelor Degree with credits. This gives you a one stop shop by completing your applications for the whole package through TAFE NSW allowing you to apply for one student Visa for the full duration of the package.

TAFE NSW allows for two or more courses to be packaged together, either to meet the prerequisite requirements for a course or to plan your studies around your career goals. You can submit a single TAFE NSW application form and will be able to apply for one Student Visa for the full duration of the package.