Field Hydrology

New Zealand Diploma in Field Hydrology Level 5

Suitable for those with at least six months hydrology experience.

Course summary


Practical + 5 block courses*




24 months

Start date



$4000 Inc GST


Topics covered

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • Plan, design, operate and maintain a hydrometric station
  • Perform discharge measurements in open channels, structures and boats, and by volumetric and indirect methods
  • Retrieve, verify, process and archive hydrometric data
  • Construct rating curves
  • Perform data reviews
  • Measure and calculate suspended sediment load (optional).

*Each block course is three days long. Please note that the course fee does not include block course payments or travel and accommodation costs. You will need to check with your manager and assessor which block courses you will need to attend in order to complete the programme.


Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)

If you have five or more years experience in hydrology, our RCC programme might be better suited. This approach evaluates your skills and knowledge already gained through prior work experience. Rather than undertaking a full programme of learning, you will complete a series of assignments and participate in a one day site visit where your assessor will document and collect further evidence. Find out more.

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