17 Jun 2016
Agreement would facilitate joint efforts in numerous areas.
Three organizations integral to quantity surveying in Canada have agreed to collaborate in a number of areas on projects of mutual interest. The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), which certifies quantity surveyors and construction estimators in Canada; the Canadian Association of Consulting Quantity Surveyors (CACQS), which represents member firms; and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which develops standards and regulates the profession, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) representing their shared commitment to the quantity surveying profession in Canada.
Under the MOU, the three organizations agreed to:
- Encourage a positive environment within which they can work collaboratively;
- Provide a basis for joint action in priority areas of common interest, such as continuing professional development, education, member services, professional services; and
- Provide a mechanism at a senior level for continuing dialogue among RICS, CIQS, and CACQS.
The specific areas in which the three groups seek to collaborate include ensuring the competency of quantity surveyors; providing opportunities for them to expand their skills; boosting recognition of the profession; actively considering opportunities to co-develop, co-brand and sell training, educational products, standards and guidelines; and jointly developing events.
CACQS is delighted to enter into this MOU as we expand our cross-Canada initiative to advance the consulting quantity surveyor profession in Canada that provides value-added services to our client groups and industry partners.
Since our formation in 1959, the CIQS has continued to engage with recognized professional bodies such as the RICS, and this MOU confirms our joint commitment to work not only with members but also the member firms such as those represented by the CACQS.
In bringing together these three key professional bodies, this MOU signals our continuing efforts to ensure that we all work together for the betterment of the quantity surveying profession in Canada.
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