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Quantity Surveying: Foundation Programme

Distance learning Online, 14 Feb 2017

Career in the construction industry? Would you find it helpful to gain a better understanding of quantity surveying?

This distance learning course will take you through the key principles of tendering, estimating and pricing and construction contracts and their financial provisions.

At the end of the course you will feel at ease with the essentials of Quantity Surveying and better equipped to make informed decisions when dealing with professional Quantity Surveyors.

Who is the course for?

Learn about quantity surveying from the ground-up:

  • Construction professionals who want to learn about the key underpinning principles quantity surveying
  • Professionals thinking of moving into the QS profession and need a practical understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for the role
  • Other professionals  in the built environment who are looking to learn about cost estimating, tendering and procurement techniques and methodologies at a foundation level.
Due to my current work position I enjoyed the financial reporting and contract management most. This was due in part as it was familiar but it also gave me some new pointers to develop my current career.


This course will provide a clear understanding of:

  • the principles of estimating and tendering
  • the basic principles for pricing simple domestic scale construction
  • the process required for the routine operation of a construction contract
  • the main procurement routes available and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • the tendering procedure followed by contractors
  • which form of contract is most applicable in a given situation
  • the procedure for completing the contract form
  • the differences between the various different types of subcontractor
  • how to value variation works under the JCT 05 standard form of building contract
  • the procedure for ascertaining the amount stated as due in an interim certificate
  • the steps a contractor should take to gain an extension of time
  • the liquidated damages provisions included in the JCT 05 standard form of building contract
  • the main procurement routes available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

To see the full course content, click on Show Full Programme below.

Looking for an advanced course?

See the Certificate in Quantity Surveying

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Course Structure 

Delivered over a 6 months programme, this course teaches the practices of quantity surveying in a topic approach. Each individual unit teaches a competency required by the profession and using a blended style of online study, delegates will gain a thorough grounding of the required skills.

Each unit is composed of the following to support and enhance the learners needs in gaining the required level of knowledge throughout the course programme.


The online technical elearning courses provide you with a detailed overview of the principles and methodologies covered within each unit. Created by highly experienced trainers.

Case studies and Practical exercises

Technical case studiesprovide you with examples of practice, within these case studies you will be able to test the training against the theory taught within the unit. Answers and your examples can be shared within the online forums.

Reading material

Further your study and understanding of the units and methodologies with the unit reading material. Sourced from text books and articles, these readings support your development throughout the course programme.

Online forum

Each unit has a dedicated forum to provide you with constant access to your tutor and a shared learning area with fellow delegates. Creating a dedicated learning environment youwill be able to partake in topic discussion and share you learning with lots of other people from all over the world.

The cost of this material is £595 + VAT (Members)

The cost of this material is £695 + VAT (Non-Members)

Enrolment commences from the time of payment.
You will be asked to complete payment in order to enrol onto this course.

Access to the course will commence on the start date as advertised. Please ensure you have chosen your preferred start date as there are 3 available.

You will receive a welcome email with detailed instructions closer to the start date of the course.

The start date and access for the course is subject to change depending on number of attendees for this course and at the discretion of RICS.

Approximate duration of course: 200 hours over 6 months

Assessment: Online Exam (Interview may be required)

Price Excl. VAT

£595.00 for RICS members

£695.00 for non-members