What is a Quantity Surveyor?

A Chartered Quantity Surveyor is the economist for the construction industry and is also referred to as a Construction Cost Consultant.

The Chartered Quantity Surveyor is central to the decision making process throughout the development of a project from initial inception to final completion. They advise building owners and architects on probable cost of construction schemes and on the costs of alternative designs. They prepare cost plans for projects which enable the design team to arrive at practical designs for projects to stay within budget.

They also act as Project Managers. The Chartered Quantity Surveyor is a major contributor to the success of all types of projects in all sectors of the industry including healthcare, education, public buildings, retail and commercial, residential, leisure and infrastructure projects.

Benefits of being a Chartered Quantity Surveyor

A career as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor can be very challenging but also can be very rewarding. The benefits in becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor include:

  • Participating in projects that make a real difference to the community and the built environment.

  • As a profession in demand, being able to choose in which sector of the industry you wish to work — the public sector, private professional practice, contractor or sub contractor companies, developer, legal or financial institution.

  • Enjoying a diverse workload on many different types of construction projects from major civil engineering works to restoration of historic buildings, from hospitals and education facilities to office blocks and factories..

  • Enjoying a career that is not totally 'office based'.

  • Working as part of a team to ensure that the requirements of the Client are delivered. Working in a profession that is well paid and where endeavour and ambition are rewarded.

  • Being part of a profession that is independent, that is underpinned by a strict code of ethics and that has continuing professional development at its core.