Quantity Surveying and Construction (Associate and Chartered)

Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction.


They are initially involved with the capital expenditure phase of a building or facility, which is the feasibility, design and construction phases, but they can also be involved with the extension, refurbishment, maintenance and demolition of a facility. The construction industry is global and extends across all real estate and infrastructure markets.

Quantity surveyors work in all sectors of the construction industry worldwide. In real estate, this covers residential, commercial, industrial, leisure, agricultural and retail facilities. In infrastructure, it covers roads, railways, water ways, airports, seaports, coastal defences, power generation and utilities.

Quantity surveyors may also work in process engineering, such as chemical engineering plants or oil rigs. They must understand all aspects of construction over the whole life of a building or facility. They must have the ability to manage cost effectively, equating quality and value with individual client needs.

The pathway guide should be used in conjunction with the core assessment documentation which is available on the RICS website and comprises of:

  • Requirements and Competencies guide
  • Candidate guide for your RICS assessment e.g. APC, Academic, Senior Professional, Specialist
  • Counsellor guide.

RICS also offers a Quantity Surveying and Construction pathway as part of the Associate Assessment. For further details please go to rics.org/associate or download the Associate documents on this page.

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