How to become a quantity surveyor

Estimate and monitor the costs of building and infrastructure construction and maintenance.

Pathways to this career

  1. Complete an accredited tertiary qualification in surveying, architecture or construction management.
  2. You may need to register with an industry board or association. Check with your state or territory before commencing work as a quantity surveyor.
  3. Advance your career with further study. A postgraduate surveying degree can help you get to the next level.
  4. Search for internships, work experience or volunteer opportunities while you're studying. Gaining experience before graduation may improve your chances of employment.

What does a quantity surveyor do?

Quantity Surveyors undertake tax depreciation, insurance estimation, mediation and arbitration. They work closely with architects, financiers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, project owners, property developers, accountants, insurance underwriters, solicitors and courts, and with all levels of government.

Duties and tasks

  • Measure and estimate construction costs and cost planning
  • Produce project budgeting for feasibility studies
  • Contract administration and reporting
  • Assess project risk and cost reporting for financial institutions
  • Life cycle costing and replacement reporting

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