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Study Pathways

There are a lot of different places to study surveying and many different levels to which you can study to. The tables below give a basic idea of what type of job you may be offered after studying to certain levels. It is purely a guide and is in no way a 'rule' in all circumstances (for example, you may be able to get a job higher on the list than shown for each level of study). In some circumstances, Mine Surveyors with experience can be trained into a Mining Engineering role; therefore further increasing the attractiveness of this line of education.

Queensland:
Tertiary Study Level Typical Professional Role Qualification
Certificate IV in Surveying
(6 months full time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Officer
Diploma in Spatial Information Services
(12 months (online))
- Cartographic Technician
- GIS Officer
Associate Degree of Spatial Science Technology
(2 years full time)
- Survey Associate / Mine Surveyor
- GIS Officer
Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology
(3 years full time)
- Graduate Surveyor / Mine Surveyor
- GIS Officer
Bachelor of Spatial Science
(4 years full time)
- Graduate Surveyor / Mine Surveyor
- GIS Officer
Registration process through a Competency Training Agreement with the Employer and the Surveying Board Queensland
(additional 2 years after obtaining degree, while employed)
- Registered Surveyor
- Supervisory/Managerial Surveying Role
New South Wales:
Tertiary Study Level Typical Professional Role Qualification
Certificate III in Surveying
(6 months full time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Officer
Certificate IV in Surveying
(additional 6 months full time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Officer
Diploma in Surveying
(2 years full time or 18 months with certificate III completed)
- Survey Drafter
- Technician Surveyor
- GIS Officer
Diploma in Spatial Information Services
(2 years full time)
- Cartographic Technician
- GIS Officer
Undergraduate Degree (Spatial Information Services or Surveying)
(4 years full time)
- Graduate Surveyor / Assistant Mine Surveyor
- GIS Officer
Registration process using professional workshops and examinations with Board of Surveying and Spatial Information
(additional 2 years after obtaining degree, while employed)
- Registered Surveyor
- Supervisory/Managerial Surveying Role
Victoria:
Tertiary Study Level Typical Professional Role Qualification
Certificate III in Surveying (Traineeship)
(12 months part time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Assistant
Diploma in Surveying
(12 months full time)
- Surveying Technician
- GIS Assistant
Advanced Diploma in Surveying
(1 year full time)
- Surveying Technologist
- GIS Data Manager
Diploma in Spatial Information Services
(2 years full time)
- Cartographic Technician
- GIS Officer
Undergraduate Degree + Postgraduate Degree (Surveying)
(4-5 years full time)
- Surveyor / Mine Surveyor
Registration process using Professional Training Agreement
(additional 2-3 years after obtaining degree, while employed)
- Licensed Surveyor
- Supervisory/Managerial Surveying Role
South Australia:
Tertiary Study Level Typical Professional Role Qualification
Certificate III in Spatial Information Services
(6 months full time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Assistant
- Draftsperson
Certificate IV in Surveying
(additional 6 months full time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Assistant
- Draftsperson
Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
(additional 6 months full time)
- Survey Assistant
- GIS Assistant
- Draftsperson
Diploma in Surveying
(12 months full time)
- Technical Officer (Surveying)
- Technical Officer (GIS)
- Draftsperson
Diploma in Spatial Information Services
(12 months full time)
- Technical Officer (Surveying)
- Technical Officer (GIS)
- Draftsperson
Advanced Diploma in Spatial Information Services
(additional 12 months full time)
- Technical Officer (Surveying)
- Technical Officer (GIS)
- Draftsperson
Vocational Graduate Certificate in Spatial Information Services
(6 months full time)
- GIS Analyst
- Spatial Coordinator
Vocational Graduate Diploma in Spatial Information Services
(12 months full time)
- GIS Analyst
- Spatial Coordinator
Undergraduate Degree (Spatial Information Services or Surveying)
(3 years full time)
- Graduate (GIS)
Masters of Surveying
(additional 1.5 years full time)
- Graduate Surveyor
Registration process through a Professional Training Agreement with the Employer and the Surveyors Board SA
(additional 2-3 years after obtaining degree, while employed)
- Licensed Surveyor
- Supervisory/Managerial Surveying Role
Western Australia:
Tertiary Study Level Typical Professional Role Qualification
Certificate IV in Surveying
(12 months full time)
- Survey Technician
- GIS Assistant
- Draftsperson
Certificate IV in Surveying (Mining and Engineering)
(12 months full time)
- Survey Technician (Mining)
- GIS Assistant
- Draftsperson
Diploma of Surveying (Mining and Engineering)
(2 years full time)
- Mine Surveyor
- Technical Officer (GIS)
- Draftsperson
Bachelor of Science (Mine and Engineering Surveying)
(3 years full time)
- Engineering Surveyor
- Mine Surveyor
- GIS Analyst
Bachelor of Surveying
(4 years full time)
- Graduate Surveyor
- Mine Surveyor
- GIS Analyst
Registration process through mine surveying experience and recognition as an 'Authorised Mine Surveyor' by the Mines Survey Board.
(additional 2-3 years after obtaining diploma or degree, while employed)
- Authorised Mine Surveyor
- Supervisory/Managerial Surveying Role