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Press release

5 JUN 2018

Project life-cycle consulting services boosted by qualification adoption

In their latest document, ‘Opinions on Promoting the Sustainable and Healthy Development of the Construction Industry’, the China State Council has indicated that China has begun to follow the world’s advanced practice and standards in engineering consulting.

As requirements for the professionalism of construction engineering consulting services companies and qualifications of their professionals increases, China has encountered a shortage of talent as many existing practitioners cannot meet the market requirements on all-round capabilities.

The RICS has developed a framework-of-competency model based on the key characteristics of successful professionals in each field globally to make sure that RICS’ qualifications match with or exceed market requirements. More and more domestic companies, especially state-owned enterprises (SOE), have begun to recognise and adopt the standards promoted and enforced by RICS.

Chinese enterprises specify their requirements for project managers, or other relevant practitioners who possess RICS qualifications, when they require consulting services for their key or strategic projects. Examples include:

  • Shanghai Pudong Land Group, Hebei Shenbao Investment & Development Co Ltd, and Poly Real Estate, a top SOE develop in China, require project managers to possess the RICS qualification, or be a China Registered Cost Engineer.
  • The bidding notice on quantity surveying consulting for Guangzhou International Culture Center specifies that project managers must be an RICS professional.
  • Qingdao International Airport Group requires consultancies involved in the real estate and land resources valuation of Qingdao International Airport to have a Registered Real Estate Valuation Certificate and Registered Land Valuation Certificate, or a relevant RICS qualification.

Chinese companies expect project managers to be an RICS professional or be a China Registered Cost Engineer, which indicates that Chinese enterprises recognise the RICS qualification as a top qualification nationally. It is noteworthy that these companies also specify in the bidding notices that there should not be any record of major violation of laws or regulations or of bad credit, which is in line with RICS’ ethical expectations of its professionals.

"In recent years, China has experienced a trend where domestic companies look to international professional bodies like RICS to offer world-class standards and qualifications to offer them a competitive edge and achieve better results.

Especially in quantity surveying, many domestic companies and SOEs in first-tier cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, recognise RICS membership as the only equal qualification of China Registered Cost Engineer.

We are proud to see that RICS qualifications have become more relevant to the China market and we are looking forwarding to cooperating with more local companies and policy makers." Pierpaolo Franco, Managing Director of Greater China, RICS