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19 SEP 2019

New Zealand Construction Sector Training Programme

Invest in skills and training to build capability and capacity with our brand-new construction sector training programme. Designed for construction and quantity surveying professionals to build commercial expertise, reduce risk and maximise opportunity.

The RICS Construction and Infrastructure Survey for Q2 2019 has shown that construction and infrastructure workloads have increased across Australia and New Zealand, however, skill shortages are creating bottlenecks. To meeting the growing demand for skills and ensure the industry is prepared for what the future will bring, industry professionals must play their part in developing and upskilling their workforce.

New Zealand needs a skilled, sustainable construction workforce to ensure the sector has the people it needs now and into the future, with estimates that the construction industry will need an extra 50,000 workers by 2022 (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).

RICS is a supporter of the New Zealand Construction Sector Accord. The purpose of the Accord is to strengthen the partnership between government and industry and act as a catalyst to benefit and transform the construction sector in New Zealand.

RICS has developed this training programme to help the New Zealand construction sector build its workforce capability and capacity. The construction sector training programme is designed for quantity surveying and construction professionals to build their professional skills and commercial expertise, to reduce risk and maximise opportunity.

The programme is available both as a public training course for individuals and as an in-house programme for companies and their teams.

With the programme available now, select any individual training course below or contact us to find out how you, individual or firm, can join the programme.

Why are these courses different?

This suite of training aims to provide the critical knowledge and skills needed by New Zealand construction professionals and their firms.

The series of full- and half-day face-to-face sessions run across the lifecycle of construction projects and includes core topics which prepare attendees for RICS Pathway Competences in Quantity Surveying and Construction. The suite of courses can be taken individually or as a comprehensive development programme for a construction team.

The programme will cover:

  • Key Construction Contract - NZS3910
  • Construction conflict avoidance and dispute resolution
  • Procurement and tendering
  • Advanced cost planning and estimating
  • Negotiation skills in construction
  • Managing change - variations
  • Delay and disruption
  • Project financial control
  • Contract administration

These sessions are aimed at:

  • Early to mid-career quantity surveyors
  • Commercial managers
  • Project managers
  • Principals/developers
  • Contract administrators
  • Building surveyors
  • Other construction professionals in the private and public sectors, across building and engineering projects.

Course delivery

The courses are delivered by leading local and international industry practitioners (Chartered Surveyors™) from contracting and consultancy backgrounds. The course content is locally developed and built on the back of global best practice and RICS global standards. See the following courses that fit within the programme below. You will be able to find locations and dates available for each within the 'Other Locations' tab of the training course page.