Ara Institute Of Canterbury Construction Management

This programme is designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in the construction industry by equipping you with specialised construction management skill sets.

It will enable you to perform with a strong sense of responsibility for your own practice and to be capable of effectively collaborating with other construction-related disciplines. During the programme you’ll extend your technical, applied and legal knowledge and critically review practice within the construction industry.



You’ll also learn how to improve the productivity of construction projects and advise on construction methodology through the life cycle of a project. An industry project will allow you to apply your research and critical thinking skills.

The Graduate Diploma in Construction Management is a practical option for degree-qualified construction industry professionals (eg architectural technologists and civil engineers) who wish to change pathway within the construction industry.

Part-time up to 4 years.

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs$7,700 – $8,500 per yearIndicative Student Services Fee$320 per yearInternational costs$23,260 per yearInternational Levy$523.50 per yearValid ToDecember 31, 2021

Academic Requirements

A New Zealand Bachelor’s degree in a construction-related field.

Additional Requirements

In addition you will be required to provide a curriculum vitae, transcript or portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of timber-framed construction technologies.



  • If you do not have this evidence you will need to complete GXSM500 Construction – Residential and Commercial before commencing the programme.

Alternative Requirements

Still want to study but don’t meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

English Requirements

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives¬†English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.


Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking