Quantity Surveying

Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction. They are initially involved with the capital expenditure phase of a building or facility, which is the feasibility, design and construction phases, but they can also be involved with the extension, refurbishment, maintenance and demolition of a facility. The construction industry is global and extends across all real estate and infrastructure markets. Quantity surveyors work in all sectors of the construction industry worldwide. In real estate this covers residential, commercial, industrial, leisure, agricultural and retail facilities. In infrastructure it covers roads, railways, waterways, airports, sea ports, coastal defences, power generation and utilities. Quantity surveyors may also work in process engineering, such as chemical engineering plants or oil rigs. They must understand all aspects of construction over the whole life of a building or facility. They must have the ability to manage cost effectively, equating quality and value with individual client needs

What this pathway includes-
  • Preparing feasibility studies or development appraisals
  • Assessing capital and revenue expenditure over the whole life of a facility
  • Advising clients on ways of procuring the project
  • Advising on the setting of budgets
  • Monitoring design development against planned expenditure conducting value management and engineering exercises
  • Managing and analysing risk
  • Managing the tendering process
  • Preparing contractual documentation
  • Controlling cost during the construction process
  • Managing the commercial success of a project for a contractor
  • Valuing construction work for interim payments, valuing change, assessing or compiling claims for loss and expense and agreeing fnal accounts
  • Negotiating with interested parties
  • Giving advice on the avoidance and settlement of disputes.

Pathway Requirements

Mandatory Competencies

You must achieve the minimum standards as set out below.

    Level 1
  • Accounting principles and procedures
  • Business planning
  • Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures
  • Data management
  • Sustainability
  • Team working
    Level 2
  • Client care
  • Communication and negotiation
  • Health and safety
    Level 2
  • Conduct rules, ethics and professional practice

Core Competencies
    Level 3
  • Commercial management of construction or Design economics and cost planning
  • Contract practice
  • Contract practice
  • Construction technology and environmental services
  • Procurement and tendering
  • Project fnancial control and reporting
  • Quantifcation and costing of construction works
Optional Competencies
  • Access and rights over land
  • Auctioneering
  • Building pathology
  • Capital taxation
  • Compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Building information modelling (BIM) management
  • Capital allowances
  • Commercial management of construction or Design economics and cost planning (whichever is not selected as a core competency)
  • Contract administration
  • Corporate recovery and insolvency
  • Due diligence
  • Insurance
  • Programming and planning
  • Project evaluation
  • Risk management
  • Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures or Sustainability.
For more information, download the pathway guide below.


  Candidate Guide



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