Quantity Survey

Quantity Surveyor

A quantity surveyor is a professional person working within the construction industry. Quantity surveyors are trained to be the financial managers and cost consultants of the construction industry. They have an influence over every stage of the construction process.

Quantity surveyors make decisions throughout the management of a construction project, from start to final completion. They manage and control the contracts and costs of the projects.  This involves employing people with different skills acquired through specialized formal education, specific training and experience.

People who are interested in this career should be able to express themselves clearly. Communication is very important in this industry because the surveyors work closely with their clients and other professionals in the construction team. In order to prepare tender or contract documents, they need to measure quantities from drawings, sketches and specifications prepared by the designers, architects and engineers. They have to be good with numbers and be capable of abstract reasoning, and must be able to pay attention to detail.

A quantity surveyor may work for either private contractors or themselves.  They work in their offices, but also spend much of their time on site. They can also find employment in financial and legal companies. They contribute to the success of all types of construction projects in all sectors of the economy. Other terms used to refer to a quantity surveyor are construction cost consultant or commercial manager.

Those who are interested in pursuing a career in quantity surveying need to have a diploma/degree in quantity surveying. Below is a list of institutions that offer courses in quantity surveying.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Admission requirements:

Senior Certificate with a pass in Mathematics; or
National Technical Certificate part III (NTC3), provided that persons in possession of this qualification have passed, at Senior Certificate level, English on a First Language Standard Grade as well as another official language on at least Second Language Standard Grade. Read more.

University of Cape Town

Admission requirements

Mathematics (HG) E, (SG) D

English (first Language) E or
Science (HG) E or English (Second Language HG) D
Mathematics (SG) D. Read more.

INTEC College

INTEC Certificate

Admission requirements

Grade 10 (Std. 8)

Should you not meet the minimum entrance requirements  but have 2 years relevant work experience, please contact 0800 012 311 or email IntecOnline(at)intec.edu.za