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The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors - Who we are


The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors - NZIQS - is the major industry organisation promoting the profession of quantity surveyors. The institute has about 3,230 active members as of 29th of June 2018.

Members are varied

Our members include quantity surveyors, estimators, cost managers and cost consultants in New Zealand’s construction industry. They work in many different situations, such as part of a specialist quantity surveying practice, or for a contractor, construction company, subcontractor, builder. Others work within organisations such as, banks, government departments, and developers. 

Members may hold New Zealand qualifications and work here or overseas, or work here with qualifications from overseas.

Most senior quantity surveyors in New Zealand are members of the NZIQS.  Through the institute, members have access to these employers and colleagues in a non-work setting. They can network with them socially and professionally.

Many students in quantity surveying belong to the institute. Membership is free when they study full time.

New Zealand quantity surveyors have international connections

Membership is a launching pad for affiliations with other overseas bodies.  NZIQS has a reciprocal agreement for membership with the Australian and Singaporean Institutes. The institute is a founder and leading member of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors, and is affiliated to the International Council of Cost Engineers.

Few organisations have memberships with such a wide base of expertise. NZIQS members are well regarded by fellow professionals in and outside New Zealand. 

The roles of the NZIQS


Professional support and recognition

We give our members the support and opportunity to advance their careers. We recognise excellence within the profession. 


We offer registration for senior members of the profession. The letters 'RegQS' after their name offers an assurance of their experience, knowledge, and ongoing professional development. 

Becoming a registered quantity surveyor.

Influence and lobbying

We work to influence construction industry decision makers - public, industry, and private. Our aim is the use of best practice cost management to develop buildings and infrastructure effectively and efficiently.


We work with tertiary education providers to monitor and accredit New Zealand's courses for study for quantity surveyor qualifications. 

Becoming a quantity surveyor

International links

We have international connections. We contribute with other member nations to the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). And we network with other countries' professional organisations.

Research and problem-solving

We research and analyse industry-wide problems, seeking effective solutions. 

About us

NZIQS Council



Code of Conduct



What is a quantity surveyor?