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Becoming a Registered Quantity Surveyor

Become A Reg. QS
What is CPD?
CPD Diary
Reg. QS Trademark
Find A Reg. QS

 

The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors recognises professional excellence and experience in the quantity surveying profession by offering registration to its members. 

What is the Registered Quantity Surveyor scheme?

The registration scheme recognises the professional who works to increase their value to a client or employer by learning new skills, and who keeps their knowledge current.

The member may have continued to develop their general or specialised expertise since joining the NZIQS. Or the member may have done further training by attending programmes of development. An NZIQS panel must see evidence of such learning. 

The registration scheme is similar to the licensing and registration processes that the New Zealand Government requires of other professional groups. It is also similar to the membership requirements of most international quantity surveying institutions.

How do I become a Registered QS?

Criteria to become a Registered Quantity Surveyor depends on your qualification and quantity surveying work experience.

If you have a Bachelor of Construction (QS) or equivalent degree, you must:
  • be a Member, Associate, Fellow or Life Member of the NZIQS
  • have at least 3 years of experience, approved by the NZIQS Quantity Surveyors Registration Board, since becoming a Member or Associate
  • have a minimum of one year's work experience in quantity surveying in New Zealand
  • undertake accredited continuing professional development (CPD) every three years 
  • have paid your current membership fees

If you have a NZ Certificate, Diploma or National Diploma of QS, you must:

  • be a Member, Associate, Fellow or Life Member of the NZIQS
  • have at least ten year's work experience in quantity surveying (including at least 3 year's of experience post qualification), approved by the NZIQS Quantity Surveyors Registration Board. You must also have had at least 3 years of experience since becoming a member or Associate.
  • have a minimum of one year's work experience in quantity surveying in New Zealand
  • undertake accredited continuing professional development (CPD) every three years 
  • have paid your current membership fees
If you are a member of another quantity surveying institute, you must:
  • be a Member, Associate, Fellow or Life Member of NZIQS
  • hold a status equivalent to Member, Associate, or Fellow at another institute approved by the NZIQS Council for a minimum of three years.
  • have a minimum of one year's work experience in quantity surveying in New Zealand
  • have been a member of NZIQS for at least one year
  • undertake accredited continuing professional development (CPD) every three years 
  • have paid your current membership fees

Once registered, you can use the term 'Registered Quantity Surveyor' or Reg QS and the logo on your business correspondence. 

There is no fee to become a Registered Quantity Surveyor.

Registered Quantity Surveyor application form. 

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What is CPD and the accreditation process?

CPD means Continuing Professional Development. You continue to seek out opportunities to increase your professional skills as a quantity surveyor while working. At the end you get accredited, a process that sees you recognised as competent, credible, and having authority in your profession.  You can also do CPD without seeking registration, to keep your knowledge up to date. 

You can only be and continue to be a Registered Quantity Surveyor within NZIQS if you get Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation every 3 years. You'll need to keep a CPD diary and record 45 hours of CPD every 3 years.  Click the button below to view and download the diary.


 

Who recognises the NZIQS CPD scheme?

The NZIQS CPD scheme is accredited by the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and endorsed by the member institutes of PAQS.

What is PAQS?

The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) represents the quantity surveying and cost engineering profession in the Asia and Western Pacific region. PAQS members are professional quantity surveying or cost engineering institutes within the region. Please click this link to find the current PAQS members.

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How do I show that I'm A Registered QS?

The NZIQS started the Registered Quantity Surveyor scheme in 1999. The Institute registered the scheme's trademark with the Ministry of Economic Development. The Ministry accepted the trademark in February 2006. 

The logo below, along with the words 'Registered Quantity Surveyor' are both Trade Marks registered with the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office by NZIQS.  Only a Registered Quantity Surveyor is able to use this logo.


Regulations govern the way you can use the logo and terms.  You can use the term 'Registered Quantity Surveyor NZIQS' and the post nominal 'Reg. QS'.

Registration only applies to individuals.  When you use the term, use it together with your own name, showing that you, and not the practice, are registered.

For example, your consultancy can't be 'Smith and Brown Registered Quantity Surveyors', even if both Smith and Brown are registered. Use your names individually. Use discretely on your letterhead, for example, you'd print 'John Smith Reg. QS', listed with the names of the any unregistered practitioners. You'd also discretely use the logo and title or post nominal on your business card, and other communications. 

Where will I find the names and contact details of Registered Quantity Surveyors?

See list of Registered Quantity Surveyors

See list of Registered Quantity Surveyors Available for Residential Insurance Reinstatement Estimates

  • be a Member, Associate, Fellow or Life member of the NZIQS
  • have at least ten (10) year's work experience in quantity surveying (including at least 3 year's of experience post qualification), approved by the NZIQS Quantity Surveyors Registration Board. You must also have had at least 3 years of experience since becoming a member or Associate.
  • have a minimum of one (1) year's work experience in quantity surveying in New Zealand
  • undertake accredited continuing professional development (CPD) every three years 
  • have paid your current membership fees
  • be a Member, Associate, Fellow or Life member of the NZIQS
  • have at least ten (10) year's work experience in quantity surveying (including at least 3 year's of experience post qualification), approved by the NZIQS Quantity Surveyors Registration Board. You must also have had at least 3 years of experience since becoming a member or Associate.
  • have a minimum of one (1) year's work experience in quantity surveying in New Zealand
  • undertake accredited continuing professional development (CPD) every three years 
  • have paid your current membership fees
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