Occupation Introduction

Quantity surveyors manage finances for construction projects. They calculate budgets based on clients’ requirements and prepare detailed estimates to ensure budgets are sufficient for each stage of construction. As a quantity surveyor, you are expected to estimate and monitor construction costs from the project feasibility stage, through tender preparation, to the construction period and beyond.


ANZSCO Skill Band

  • Level 1

LTSSL Requirements

One of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in quantity surveying or construction economics.
  • Student or Affiliate Membership, or MNZIQS, of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (with an overseas degree approved by NZIQS)

AND a minimum of three years relevant post-qualification work experience.


Education Providers

A New Zealand Diploma in Quantity Surveying or a Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics or Quantity Surveying) is offered at many institutes in New Zealand.

Below is the list of institutes that offers such programs:

  • Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) – Massey University, Auckland.
  • Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) – UNITEC, Auckland.
  • Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) – Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch.
  • Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) – Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin.
  • Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) – Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill.


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