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Reference Number: ST0045

Details of standard

This apprenticeship standard is currently in development and its contents are subject to change


The occupation covered by this standard is that of a Construction Quantity Surveyor.  Typical job titles can include:  Quantity Surveyor or Construction Surveyor.  They are associated with the financial and legal management of construction projects.  They are based on sites or in offices. 

Occupational profile

The main duties and tasks of a Construction Quantity Surveyor are:

  • To manage and lead the cost aspects complex construction projects
  • To ensure that comprehensive study has been undertaken of the whole life aspects of the project and the understanding of the client’s needs
  • To manage the selection of the specialist contractors for the project
  • To ensure that disputes are minimised and settled amicably for all parties
  • To manage the commercial success of a project for all stakeholders
  • To manage the expenditure and income on the project and ensure tight control is maintained whilst valuing the construction work


Requirements: Knowledge, Skills (and behaviours)



What is required


Demonstrate understanding of balance sheets, profit and loss accounts and business plans

Health and safety

Understand obligations for Health, Safety and Welfare issues on site, how to identify potential hazards and manage the risks

Conflict avoidance

Understand the principles for the avoidance of conflict and dispute resolution between stakeholders in a project


Understand the environmental impact of construction activities and how to minimise negative impacts during all stages of the project

Contract practice

Understand and evaluate construction  legislation and various forms of contract used in a project

Construction technology

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the construction process and of the materials and technology that comprise best practice

Procurement and tendering

Understand the main types of procurement and the related tendering and negotiating processes required to select specialist contractors

Measurement and costing

Understand the principles of measurement and costing of construction works and their relationship to the financial control of a project

Financial control

Understand how costs are controlled and reported on and the legal constraints

Risk management

Understand the nature of risk and its effect on the management of a project

Commercial management

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of the financial and legal management of construction projects during the construction phase


Describe the principles of the programming and  scheduling aspects of projects during the construction phase that ensure completion on time



What is required

Conflict avoidance

Be able to apply and evaluate the principles for the avoidance of conflict and dispute resolution such as adjudication and arbitration between project stakeholders

Health and safety

Be able to identify and manage risks of health, safety and welfare in line with legislation, hazards and safe systems of work.


Analyse costs and benefits of sustainability initiatives on a project

Contract practice

Be able to advise on the legal aspects of a project and the most suitable form of contract to be used to ensure fairness and efficiency

Construction technology

Be able to advise on the most suitable construction solutions that maximise value for clients and enhance the cost effectiveness of the project within the budget constraints

Procurement and tendering

Be able to advise on the appropriateness of various procurement routes and manage and report on the tendering and negotiation processes to select specialist contractors

Measurement and costing

Advise on appropriate methods of measurement of completed works and issue documentation required for payment to specialist contractors and income from client

Financial control

Advise construction team and the client on strategies to control predicted expenditure in line with the budget

Risk management

Carry out risk assessments and implement strategies to mitigate risk

Commercial management

Monitor, report and advise construction team on project cashflows and profitability.  Evaluate and advise on financial implications of decisions during the construction phase


Assess, interpret and report on progress and assist in the control of programmes during the construction phase


What is required

Rules, ethics and professional practice

Understand and apply the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors  Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards

Client care

Demonstrate knowledge and ability to manage expectations and identify improvements

Teamworking and communication

Be able to work with others towards common goals and understand different techniques for communication and negotiation

Maintain CPD

Identify own development needs and take appropriate action to meet those needs


The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three to four years but this will depend on the previous experience of the apprentice and access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for this apprenticeship.  As it requires achievement to Level 6 the typical entry requirements for this Apprenticeship will be the completion of the Level 4 Construction Technician Standard;  AssocRICS status;  HNC in Construction or equivalent qualifications and commensurate industry experience.


The following qualifications will be gained:

  • BSc (Hons)Quantity Surveying or equivalent Quantity Surveying Level 6 Diploma, mapped to Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors standards for Chartered Quantity Surveyor
  • Industry certificates in Site Safety Plus Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme and Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme which are required for safe operations in the workplace
  • English and Maths will be required to be demonstrated at Level 3 if not already held.

Link to professional registration

This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to achieve Chartered Surveyor status with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  The Assessment of Professional Competence process for MRICS is included in the final assessment process for this Apprenticeship and will lead to the designatory letters MRICS and the status of Chartered Surveyor.


This apprenticeship standard is at Level 6.

Review date

This apprenticeship standard should be reviewed three years after approval of the standard.


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Status: In development
Proposal approved Standard approved Assessment plan approved
Level: 6
Degree: non-integrated degree
Reference: ST0045
Route: Construction
Trailblazer contact(s): tom.lane@tideway-west.london
Employers involved in creating the standard: Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, AK Lighting & Signs, Amey L G Limited, Anderson & Heeley Ltd, BAM Construct UK Ltd, BAM Nuttall, Bouygues E & S Infrastructure UK Ltd, Byrne Bros (Formwork) Limited, C J Bayliss (Hereford) Limited, Cable Test Limited, Carillion Civil Engineering, Centre Great Limited, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, Chartered Management Institute, Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Clugston Construction Ltd, Connect Plus, Costain Ltd, E & JW Glendinning Ltd, Electrical Testing Ltd, E-ON Energy Solution Ltd, Galliford Try Services Ltd, GM Briton (Public Works Ltd), H & H Joiners and Builders Ltd, Herefordshire Council, Highway Electrical Association (HEA), i-Civils Ltd, Imtech Traffic & Infra UK Ltd, Institute of Highway Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers, Interserve Construction Ltd, K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd, Kennford Tarmacadam Limited, Kier Ltd, Lovell Partnerships Ltd, Mineral Products Qualifications Council, Morgan Sindall plc, NG Bailey Ltd, Road Maintenance Services Ltd, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Seddon Construction Ltd, Skanska Construction Ltd, South West Highways Ltd, SSE Contracting Ltd, The Chartered Institute of Building, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation, The Institution of Engineering And Technology, VolkerWessels UK Ltd, Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd

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