NZIM Diploma of Managerial Excellence in Engineering & Construction (DipMEEC)

The DipMEEC comprises of all of Constructing Excellence’s courses

 This Diploma is unique and is recognised internationally as World Class, improving the industry here in New Zealand by helping to shape the hearts and minds of those in and heading towards leadership roles.

Investment is $13,000 (plus GST) for CCG members, $15,000 (plus GST) for non-members.

Graduating Class 2011 from left to right: Mano Ram, Shaun Mitchell, Simon Pollard, Tim Manning, Nigel D'Ath, Karl Ashby, Tony Fairclough & (Not Pictured) Dion Sinclair.             Graduating Class 2010 from left to right: Tom Ryder, Hannah Hyde, Tim Fisher, Gabby Aves & James Adams.
Graduating Class 2009 from left to right: Steve Ritchie, Leighton Evans, Paul Moodie, Morne Nel, Andrew Quinn & tutors Saranya Tarrant & Amanda Warren.              Graduating Class 2008 from left to right: Rob Jones, John Tovey Greg Chawynski, & Michael Fulton.


As an aspiring construction sector leader, with an expectation for progression, the need is to be able to grow your business and construction delivery skills in an ever more internationised market place. Therefore the Diploma is designed to assist the development of a ‘World Class’ industry here in New Zealand by helping to shape the hearts and minds of those in and rising to Leadership roles.

Aimed at individuals in the succession plan of New Zealand’s leading Construction Industry players, there is an emphasis on network building and collaborative working, i.e. contractors, consultants and clients, learning and developing together.

The programme comprises teaching on all aspects of best practice and leading edge thinking on project and business management. Our modules have been developed by handpicked leading International practitioners who draw on world Best Practise.  The course is now acknowledged as World Class. Set out below are the Key Benefits:

  1. allows good engineers and project/site managers to become excellent business leaders,
  2. teaches international Best Practice,
  3. provides proven business tools to take into business,
  4. proven academic track record and a nationally recognised qualification
  5. proven embedment of Best Practise into business,
  6. allows succession planning for senior managers – tried and tested over three years,
  7. developed by industry to focus on your business skill requirements,
  8. networking and relationship growth with leading peer group members – meet like minded people from Clients, contractors, consultants and through the supply chain

The success of this approach is borne out by the commendations from past and current students and their mentors, all of whom are now members of an Academy Alumni.


The Academy of Constructing Excellence (ACE) is now an established training organisation specialising in Best Practice, value and innovation in the New Zealand Construction Industry.

In 2007, The Diploma team developed a new training course aimed specifically at the industry’s up and coming project and business leaders. The course is a NZQA accredited level 6 Diploma – Diploma in Managerial Excellence in Construction & Engineering, (DipMEEC).

International presenters are regularly brought from overseas to deliver some of the modules and train our facilitators here in NZ. These are supported at every session by New Zealand Industry Leader presentations. These two points alone are World Class and exceptional in the New Zealand market.

The programme of training modules comprises learning on all aspects of Best Practise and leading edge thinking on project and business management.


Addressing the need for a practical course which equips candidates with real tools for successfully improving their businesses and projects.  Students retain 50% by hearing and 85% by doing.

Culture and Innovation

Helping the Candidates to develop their leadership skills and to grow their capacity to innovate.

This is particularly important to the future of the industry as we move from a traditionally fragmented and often adversarial basis to a collaborative and integrated approach. The Academy brings experts in team dynamics and team make-up with an emphasis on self-awareness and insight.  This prepares candidates to manage themselves and lead their teams with a new perspective on relationships and productivity.


For business and project excellence we focus on three key skills areas to achieve effective change in your business:

  • Leadership through personal development to be able to lead change,
  • Excellent delivery in the construction environment,
  • Implementing a business results focus.

The emphasis throughout the course is on practical tools and application in the workplace along with a focus on the culture of the individual as a contributor and leader in the industry.

What are we trying to achieve?

‘To produce a generation of ‘built environment’ executives committed to higher levels of leadership, professionalism and innovation and in applying these to improving project or business processes and outcomes in every respect.’

Access to current Leaders

An Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) has been formed to provide an overview of course development. It comprises of leading industry figures. They are Managing Directors, Directors and CEOs who believe in industry change across consultants, contractors and clients.
Uniquely Industry leaders from companies such as Arrow, Beca, Fulton Hogan, Auckland Transport, NZTA and NZIM bring their knowledge and skills directly to course participants.


The Academy also offers some places (where available) on individual modules.  For dates on these upcoming available modules, please click on the ‘Courses’ tab