C4388 - Certificate IV in Surveying

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Plan: C4388 - Certificate IV in Surveying
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Surveying
Qualification national code: CPP40216
Nominal hours: 695
Career: TAFE
Duration: 6 months, part time
Location: RMIT City campus
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/vocational-engineering-health-and-sciences/
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Purpose of the Program

Surveying is based on the collection, management and presentation of information related to surveying, mapping and geographical information systems. These services are used in a wide range of circumstances and are an integral part of local, state and national land management programs, building and construction projects, environmental studies, navigational systems and monitoring of emergency situations.

This program provides the educational and practical training for a career in the surveying, mapping, and geographical information systems (GIS) industries.

The emphasis is on practical experience using industry-standard equipment. You will use various surveying technologies and software for electronic data capture, processing and presentation.

Areas of study include surveying practice including computing and produce maps using GIS program, drafting using AutoCAD software, compute coordinates using survey softwares like LisCAD, use of level, chain, total station and global positioning systems (GPS), communication skills, and occupational health and safety.

This program is available as either Traineeship or Non-Traineeship program. This program is currently offered to applicants considering a career in surveying after a career in a related or non related field. 


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating  from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Upon completion of the certificate IV in Surveying, you may be eligible for some exemptions for the Diploma of Surveying.

Upon completion of any Diploma, you may be able to articulate into the Advanced Diploma of Surveying.

If you are a graduate of the Advanced Diploma of Surveying (Honours) and you are applying for these programs BH117 - Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours) or the BH116 - Bachelor of Applied Science (Surveying) (Honours) you may be able to claim credit points for courses you have already completed. You can apply for exemptions of one to two years leaving an additional two to three years to complete the degree program. For the list of courses for which you may claim exemption and other details refer to the program guide for the programs in the RMIT Handbook (http://www.rmit.edu.au/handbook).

Note: In Vocational Education, RMIT University recognises and accepts any Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment that are issued by other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Credit will therefore be given for modules or units of competency for which an original official certificate or Statement of Attainment is produced.

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Entrance requirements

Every student is required to apply direct here. Check the RMIT website for further details.

Equity admissions schemes
RMIT understands that people’s backgrounds and circumstances can affect their access to education and training. RMIT’s equity admissions schemes allow applicants to explain the circumstances that have adversely affected their education, and demonstrate their capacity for future academic success.
Further information is available at equity admissions schemes.

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External accreditation and industry links

This qualification is part of a nationally accredited Training Package  CPP Property Services and was developed by the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council. Students of the Certificate IV in Surveying, who have essential practical experience are eligible to apply for student memberships of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute and the Institution of Surveyors Victoria.

The School has a very strong Industry Advisory Committee, which is the main link between the program and industry. Membership includes staff from local and regional surveying companies and government instrumentalities. The committee meets twice a year and provides feedback on the currency of our programs, the changing needs of industry and has provided input into the customisation of the current program from the Training Package.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
and http://rmit.libguides.com/geospatial

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.


Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, numeracy and basic sciences if relevant
  • learning if you have special needs
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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