Construction spending continues to rise in North America with 2016 spending surpassing $1.18 trillion in the United States and $290 billion in Canada. These figures are expected to grow in the coming years as new administrations commit resources toward modernizing and replacing archaic infrastructure. Quantity surveyors and cost consultants can be assured that their skills will be in high demand by the employers tasked with building our cities of tomorrow.
Note: The start date is subject to change depending on number of attendees for this course and at the discretion of RICS.
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A quantity surveyor is concerned with the costs and financial management of the building life-cycle. The occupations of quantity surveying and cost consulting continue to grow in popularity and importance across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Professionals possessing these skill sets are uniquely prepared to contribute to the transformational construction projects that are shaping the urban environments that we live in.
In this course, we will cover both pre and post contract processes, the commercial management of construction and concepts on various procurement options, the production of tender documents, the contractor's tendering procedure and strategy and the detailed process undertaken by the contractor to price tender documents. Explore construction technology, contract procedures and construction economics, looking at commercial and domestic measurement, as well as project estimating and management to an advanced level.
The aim of the course is to provide technical training around the key principles of tendering, estimating and pricing and provide you with knowledge of construction contracts and their financial provisions. This course is aligned with the competencies required for the QS pathway and includes courses to prepare you for your APC submission.
This course is made of up of 8 modules delivered across a 5 month period. The technical units covered within this course are listed below:
Module 1: Introduction to the Quantity Surveying in Practice course
Module 2: Construction technology and environmental services for domestic and more complex buildings
Module 3: Procurement and tendering
Module 4: Design economics, cost planning and commercial management of construction
Module 5: Quantification and costing of construction works
Module 6: Construction law and standard forms of contract
Module 7: Project financial control and reporting
Module 8: Course revision and consolidation
For more information on the topics covered within each unit, please download the course guide below.
Within each module will be dedicated e-learning sessions. Within these courses delegates will gain an understanding around the practical techniques and international standards required within the construction and quantity surveying pathway.
Learners will further study and understanding of the methodologies with the directed reading material. Sourced from textbooks and articles, these readings support development throughout the course program.
Technical case studies provide examples of practice, within these case studies participants will practice the theory taught within the module. Responses will be shared within the online forums.
Questions, comments, case studies will be posted to the forum (one module) with the objective of allowing the participants to reflect on the e-learning and also to discuss their own experiences under each module heading around QS practice.
At the end of each module is a short quiz, to check understanding of the content and to help track progress.
On completion of all the technical modules, participants will be required to attend one 1.5 hour live online web class. The structure of this session is to provide a detail overview of the practices and principles of QS. Provide participants with an open live forum to discuss their own interpretations and understanding of the learning outcomes of the course.