A Quantity Surveyor acts as the Financial Consultant within the Construction Industry. Quantity Surveying is a profession recognised and governed by the Quantity Surveying Profession Act, 2000 (Act No. 49 of 2000). The Quantity Surveyor forms part of the Professional Team. This team usually includes the Architect, Engineer and Project Manager. Quantity Surveyors are appointed and remunerated by the Employer on a project. The Quantity Surveyor's high level of expertise and training enables him or her to advise the Employer on building cost issues, contractual items and also documentation required on all types of projects.


It is the Quantity Surveyor's duty to safeguard the Employer's financial interest on the project and in terms of the code of conduct to also to act independently.


Typically the Quantity Surveyor's training would encompass a B.Sc. Undergraduate Degree in Construction Studies followed by an Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying at one of the recognised Universities. Once practical training under the auspices of a Professional Quantity Surveyor has been successfully completed in the prescribed time period and approved by the SACQSP, the required examination or interview is undertaken and if successfully completed the Candidate will be registered with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession(SACQSP). This will entitle the Quantity Surveyor to append the Pr.QS to his or her title.

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