CQS (Certified Quantity Surveyor)

A Quantity Surveyor (Q) is a construction industry professional with expert knowledge on construction costs and contracts. Cost planning and commercial management throughout the entire life cycle of the project from inception to post-completion

What does a surveyor do?

As the construction industry grows, more and more skilled roles are becoming available, especially in positions like quantity surveyor. Quantity surveyors are responsible for the cost of any building project – from initial estimates, right through to the final acquisition of materials. Surveying jobs and their associated roles are varied – but focused on providing clients value for money while adhering to the strict regulations which govern every aspect of the construction industry.

The day to day responsibilities of include roles inside the office, on the construction site – or in meetings with clients and other project personnel. While the very nature of construction work ensures no two projects are ever the same, a typical work day might involve:

  • Preparation of contracts, including details regarding quantities of required materials
  • On-going cost analysis of maintenance and repair work
  • Feasibility studies of client requests
  • analyzing completed work and arranging payment to contractors
  • allocating upcoming work to contractors
  • site visits, assessments and projections for future work

Topic Covered

  • Introduction
  • Tendering Process
  • Estimation and Costing
  • Project Planning & Control Techniques
  • Contract Management & Administration
  • Risk Management
  • Life Cycle Costing

What you will learn

  • Apply the practices and procedures of international quantity surveying
  • Describe forms of construction for various property types and apply appropriate cost planning methods and estimating principles
  • Evaluate various Tendering and Procurement Practices and strategies
  • Identify the factors which affect the cost of building and undertake the quantification and costing of construction works
  • Recognize the contractual requirements , laws and Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Procedures related to construction finances and construction Economics
  • Report and forecast cost during the construction phase