In this advanced diploma course, you'll gain the educational and practical training you’ll need to extend your career in the surveying, mapping, and geographical information systems (GIS) industries.
Surveying 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 technologies and software and take part in land development exercises. You will also learn cadastral surveying.
Throughout this course, you will develop the capacity to conduct an advanced global navigation satellite system, 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 course, you will act as a surveying team leader for your major project, conduct research into an issue, and present your findings.
You'll participate in lectures, tutorials, practical and laboratory exercises, work-simulated projects, competency-based assessments, online and offline learning, and balanced hands-on practice.
This course features practical classes situated at RMIT’s surveying and geospatial sciences facilities at Yarra Bend Park in Fairfield, offering 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.
RMIT has strong industry partnerships 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 A Life Without Limits 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 in a project environment.
Throughout this course, you’ll develop the capacity to:
- 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
- use advanced 2D and 3D computer aided drafting techniques
As part of this course, you will undertake a major project involving responses to real-world surveying problems. You will conduct research into your chosen issue, undertake fieldwork, and present your findings.
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Program code: C6156
National curriculum code: CPP60116
RMIT’s strong links with 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.
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.
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$9,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$16,250* 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.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, 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 VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL 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.
Vet Student Loan cap
If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan 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 by the due date once you exceed the cap.
It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date.
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 2020 is $308.
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.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.