How To Become A Quantity Surveyor In South Africa

By | October 29, 2021

Quantity Surveying deals with estimating and managing construction costs to ensure value for money, while meeting the required building standards and quality at the same time.

The course prepares students for middle and top management employment in the construction, property development and allied industries, as well as financial institutions and government departments. The quantity surveyor is the cost and financial specialist of the construction industry.

Below are the list of Quantity Surveyor Schools in South Africa

CPUT – Quantity Surveying

Quantity Surveying – University of Pretoria

INTEC College – Diploma: Assistant Quantity Surveying

MUT – Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying

UJ – Department of Mining and Mine Surveying

CUT – Postgraduate Diploma in Construction: Quantity Surveying

What subjects are needed for quantity surveyor?

Relevant subjects include surveying, construction, civil engineering and structural engineering. Graduates are required to complete 2/3 years’ practical work under the supervision of a qualified quantity surveyor.

How long does it take to qualify as a quantity surveyor?

Unlike other careers such as Architecture (7+ years), it does not take long to train to become a QS; one year or two years part-time to obtain a PGDip if you already have a degree, plus another couple years to become Chartered.

Where are quantity surveyors in demand?

QS: Always Be In Demand

As of February 2017, QS shortages are currently at their highest level since the recession in 2008. Quantity Surveyors are always in demand within the construction industry – “it’s easier to employ a ballet dancer than a quantity surveyor”.

How much do quantity surveyors earn in South Africa?

An early career Quantity Surveyor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R266,340 based on 495 salaries. A mid career Quantity Surveyor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R398,375 based on 404 salaries.

What qualifications do I need for quantity surveying?

Entry requirements

You’ll need a degree or professional qualification accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This can be a quantity surveying degree or a postgraduate conversion course from any degree.

Is quantity surveying hard to study?

Studying while working can be challenging at times and therefore it is important for you to select a course of study which is not only recognized, but offers you flexibility when it comes to learning. Since the role of Quantity Surveyor is very demanding, finding time for your studies can be a difficult task.

What is Quantity Surveying course?

a) What is Quantity Surveying? Quantity Surveying deals with estimating and managing construction costs to ensure value for money, while meeting the required building standards and quality at the same time.

What does a quantity surveyor do?

The quantity surveyor acts as the financial and development consultant to the construction and property development industries, advising clients on the optimal use of funds, as well as strategies to maximise human and physical resources.

The quantity surveyor relates to people at all levels, whether they are developers, architects, engineers, land surveyors, lawyers and accountants, or contractors, subcontractors, emerging contractors and general workers.

Quantity surveyors are expected to maintain the highest level of professionalism towards all parties involved and, in so doing, ensuring fair and accurate finalisation of projects.

In addition to private professional practice, quantity surveyors’ skills are also used in the following spheres of the economy:

. Construction

. Property development

. Government

. Finance

What does the actual job entail?

Traditional functions of quantity surveying:

. Preparing feasibility studies and budgets for proposed projects;

. Preparing bills of quantities and other tender documentation to acquire fair and equitable tenders for projects;

. Negotiating building contracts;

. Drafting contract documents;

. Monitoring costs and reporting to clients during the design and construction of projects; and

. Determining final costs of projects.

Property development:

. Dealing with development companies;

. Using one’s initiative and entrepreneurial skills; and

. Collaborating with large or small building companies.

The department of education’s scarce-jobs list has quantity surveying in the fourth spot, so there is clearly demand for these professionals.

It is a superb career for men and women who are interested in the exciting world of construction and development.

In our highly pressurised world of spiralling costs and large-scale development, the role of the quantity surveyor is indispensable – more so than when the profession was originally established in England back 
in 1785.

. For further information about the industry, contact the Association of SA Quantity Surveyors on 011 315 4140 or by fax 011 315 3785, or you can write to The Director, Asaqs, PO Box 3527, Halfway House, 1685