CPP60121 Advanced Diploma of Surveying

National ID
CPP60121
WA Course Code
BGJ0
CRICOS code
104886C
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Why choose this course?

Equip yourself with skills to carry out highly specialised surveying functions in areas such as mining and engineering construction, with this qualification.

Learn how to collect and analyse spatial data for complex engineering structures, roads, railways and surface and underground mining operations. This course will train you in the operation of sophisticated surveying equipment and software including Global Positioning System (GPS) and the processing of survey data to produce computer-aided engineering designs and mine plans.

Other skills you will also cover include processes to follow in order to conduct advanced Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) control surveys and complex engineering set-out surveys, how to manage risk and monitor engineering structures.

The advanced diploma qualification takes three years to complete, commencing with the certificate III level entry point.

Career opportunities

  • Mine and Engineering Surveyor
  • Surveying Assistant

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of CPP50121 Diploma of Surveying is required for entry into this course.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

At this campus
The methods of assessment used in this course include: observation where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace; written assessments including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, and research projects; questioning in the form of written question and answers, tests, online quizzes or verbal questions and answers, and a portfolio which includes samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports,  training records, journals, logbooks or work diaries.   These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.
Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $1,000
  • Materials fee: $500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 9 units. These 9 are comprised of 2 core units and 7 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBPMG536 Manage project risk
  • CPPSSI6032 Conduct advanced GNSS control surveys
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CPPSSI6021 Conduct open pit mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6022 Produce mine drawings
  • CPPSSI6033 Conduct underground mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6034 Conduct mining geology project research
  • CPPSSI6035 Conduct complex engineering set-out surveys
  • CPPSSI6036 Monitor engineering structures
  • CPPSSI6041 Compile mine survey plans

Assessment methods

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, learner guides, survey equipment details and specifications, research articles, booking sheets, workbooks and handouts.

Facilities and equipment may include access to surveying equipment, computers, printers, associated surveying software (Surpac, Magnet, Trimble Business Centre, Starnet, and Baseline), mineral and rock samples, hand lenses and streak plates.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment
Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $1,000
  • Materials fee: $500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 9 units. These 9 are comprised of 2 core units and 7 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBPMG536 Manage project risk
  • CPPSSI6032 Conduct advanced GNSS control surveys
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CPPSSI6021 Conduct open pit mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6022 Produce mine drawings
  • CPPSSI6033 Conduct underground mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6034 Conduct mining geology project research
  • CPPSSI6035 Conduct complex engineering set-out surveys
  • CPPSSI6036 Monitor engineering structures
  • CPPSSI6041 Compile mine survey plans

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

observation where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace; written assessments including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, and research projects; questioning in the form of written question and answers, tests, online quizzes or verbal questions and answers, and a portfolio which includes samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports,  training records, journals, logbooks or work diaries.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, learner guides, survey equipment details and specifications, research articles, booking sheets, workbooks and handouts.

Facilities and equipment may include access to surveying equipment, computers, printers, associated surveying software (Surpac, Magnet, Trimble Business Centre, Starnet, and Baseline), mineral and rock samples, hand lenses and streak plates.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $1,000
  • Materials fee: $500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 9 units. These 9 are comprised of 2 core units and 7 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBPMG536 Manage project risk
  • CPPSSI6032 Conduct advanced GNSS control surveys
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CPPSSI6021 Conduct open pit mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6022 Produce mine drawings
  • CPPSSI6033 Conduct underground mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6034 Conduct mining geology project research
  • CPPSSI6035 Conduct complex engineering set-out surveys
  • CPPSSI6036 Monitor engineering structures
  • CPPSSI6041 Compile mine survey plans

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

observation where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace; written assessments including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, and research projects; questioning in the form of written question and answers, tests, online quizzes or verbal questions and answers, and a portfolio which includes samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports,  training records, journals, logbooks or work diaries.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, learner guides, survey equipment details and specifications, research articles, booking sheets, workbooks and handouts.

Facilities and equipment may include access to surveying equipment, computers, printers, associated surveying software (Surpac, Magnet, Trimble Business Centre, Starnet, and Baseline), mineral and rock samples, hand lenses and streak plates.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 1, 2025

Duration | 2 semesters
When | Semester 1, 2025
Where | North Metropolitan TAFE (52786)
How | On campus, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $15,400
  • Resources fee: $1,000
  • Materials fee: $500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course.

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 9 units. These 9 are comprised of 2 core units and 7 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • BSBPMG536 Manage project risk
  • CPPSSI6032 Conduct advanced GNSS control surveys
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • CPPSSI6021 Conduct open pit mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6022 Produce mine drawings
  • CPPSSI6033 Conduct underground mine surveys
  • CPPSSI6034 Conduct mining geology project research
  • CPPSSI6035 Conduct complex engineering set-out surveys
  • CPPSSI6036 Monitor engineering structures
  • CPPSSI6041 Compile mine survey plans

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include:

observation where an assessor will directly observe your performance of activities in a real or simulated workplace; written assessments including case studies, projects, workbooks, presentations, reports, and research projects; questioning in the form of written question and answers, tests, online quizzes or verbal questions and answers, and a portfolio which includes samples of your work, observation checklists, third-party reports,  training records, journals, logbooks or work diaries.  

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is available in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments, are undertaken across the duration of the course, rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course. Learning resources may include access to Blackboard, learner guides, survey equipment details and specifications, research articles, booking sheets, workbooks and handouts.

Facilities and equipment may include access to surveying equipment, computers, printers, associated surveying software (Surpac, Magnet, Trimble Business Centre, Starnet, and Baseline), mineral and rock samples, hand lenses and streak plates.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

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Last updated on November 24, 2022