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                                                                                                                     THE CHARTERED
                                                                                                                     QUANTITY SURVEYOR’S

Raising standards in the world
of surveying – globally

                                                        The Royal Institution
                                                        of Chartered Surveyors
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is      12 Great George Street
the leading organisation of its kind in the world for   Parliament Square
professionals in property, land, construction and       London SW1P 3AD
related environmental issues. As part of our role we    United Kingdom
help to set, maintain and regulate standards – as
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well as providing impartial advice to governments
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and policymakers. RICS has 140,000 members    
who operate out of 146 countries, supported by
an extensive network of regional offices located
in every continent around the world.                    RICS Europe
To ensure that our members are able to provide          RICS Americas
the quality of advice and level of integrity required
by the market, RICS qualifications are only awarded
                                                        RICS Asia Pacific
to individuals who meet the most rigorous
requirements for both education and experience
and who are prepared to maintain high standards         RICS Oceania
in the public interest. With this in mind, it’s
perhaps not surprising that the letters RICS are        RICS Africa & Middle East
the mark of property professionalism worldwide.

           The mark of                                                                                                 The mark of
           property professionalism worldwide                                                                          property professionalism worldwide
Chartered Quantity Surveyors                            Chartered Quantity Surveyors are highly
                                                                                                               CHARTERED QUANTITY SURVEYING
                                                        valued professionals who offer a variety of
are highly trained professionals                        services across the whole of the built
                                                        environment. The full range and attributes of           Design economics and cost planning

offering expert advice on                               Chartered Quantity Surveyors is too large to
                                                        cover here, but some key highlights include:                Procurement and tendering

construction costs and                                  Design economics and cost planning
                                                                                                                      Contract administration

                                                        – Added value to design solutions.
procurement options. They
                                                                                                                     Commercial management
                                                        Key attributes: Strategic advice on
                                                                                                                          Life cycle costing
                                                        schematic development plans.

can work for private sector                             Procurement and tendering                        Chartered Quantity Surveyors can be both

contractors and consultants,                            – Optimise cost and procurement
                                                                                                         specialists and generalists. Generalists
                                                                                                         provide a one stop shop whereas specialists
                                                        Key attributes: Increased certainty that         will focus on a particular area such as
developers and other client                             building will be completed within budget.        third party project monitoring or taxation.
                                                                                                         Alternatively, Chartered Quantity Surveyors

bodies, central and local                               Contract administration
                                                        – Administer construction contracts.
                                                                                                         may choose to specialise in a market sector
                                                                                                         including, for example, retail or residential

government or can choose                                Key attributes: Diplomacy and legal
                                                                                                         development, petrochemicals or transport
                                                                                                         and infrastructure.

to operate as self-employed                             Commercial management
                                                        – Assessment of completed work costs.
                                                                                                         Whichever route Chartered Quantity
                                                                                                         Surveyors choose, their role demands an

individuals.                                            Key attributes: Knowledge of contract,
                                                        negotiating, procurement, finance, risk
                                                                                                         in-depth knowledge of construction design,
                                                                                                         costs and programmes as well as effective
                                                        and project costs.                               inter-personal and team-building skills.

                                                        Life cycle costing                               A typical project will involve a variety of
                                                        – Establish the total cost and spend profile     internal and external stakeholders – the
                                                        of the project over its anticipated life span.   client, the design team, the contractor,
                                                        Key attributes: Understanding of the major       subcontractors and suppliers. Whilst this
                                                        cost drivers; more accurate forecasting of       all adds to the variety of the Chartered
                                                        cost profiles; evaluation of the competing       Quantity Surveyors’ workload, it does
                                                        options; a good understanding of acquistion,     demand excellent communication skills as
                                                        operational and end life costs of a project.     well as a firm but diplomatic approach.

                                                                                                         For more information on Chartered Quantity
                                                                                                         Surveyors please visit our website

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