Frequently Asked Questions

What is a certified copy of a document?

Original documents are not accepted with your application for skilled migration assessment.  Documents submitted are not returned to the applicant.  Please provide certified copies of your documents. 

When submitting your documents by email, please scan the certified copies and attach them as a PDF file to your email.

A certified copy of a document is a copy of an original document which is certified as a true copy by an authorised person.  Authorised people include:  Justices of the Peace (JP's), legal practitioners and Police Officers.  For a full list of professionals who are authorised to certify documents, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

In instances where the applicant lives overseas, documents may be certified by a citizen of the applicant's country of residence who is employed in one of the occupational groups listed on the Department of Immigration and Border Protections's website. Please note that the certification should appear on the front page of the document (not the reverse side of the document).

Certification should appear on each page of the submitted document.  For example, if your transcript is a three page document then the certification must appear on the front of all three pages of the document.

Am I required to submit an English Test Report with my application?

Overseas trained applicants must submit a Department of Immigration approved English Language Test with their application.  Exceptions are listed in the Skilled Migration Policy.
We do NOT accept combined test results from tests undertaken at different times.

I received my English Test Report online.  How do I get this certified?
Please print your test report and have this certified by an authorised person.  You may then scan this and attach it as part of your submission.   Please do not send original test reports to us.
If I work as a Quantity Surveyor but hold a degree in an allied discipline (such as Civil Engineering), is my degree eligible for skilled migration assessment?

The qualification requirement in Section 7.1 of our Skilled Migration Assessment Policy states that applicants must have a degree in "Quantity Surveying or Construction Management and Economics".  The interpretation of "Quantity Surveying" is defined in Section 2 of our Skilled Migration Assessment Policy.  Therefore, applicants with degrees in allied disciplines may be considered for skilled migration assessment but is not a guanrantee.  Please note that, upon application, our Assessors will conduct a further assessment of qualifications based on your degree and related transcript documents.  Assessment of your skilled employment will also be conducted.

Other engineering degrees such as mechanical, electrical or software are not considered as allied disciplines.

Is there a reduced assessment fee for Student Members of the AIQS?

Student Members of the AIQS are required to pay the full assessment fee.  To be eligible for the reduced assessment fee, you must be a financial member of the AIQS.  If you have successfully completed an AIQS accredited degree, you are eligible to transfer your membership from Student to Affiliate grade.  To transfer your membership to Affiliate grade, please complete the Affiliate Application Form and submit to

Do you have an example of a reference letter?

We do not provide an example.  However, the reference letter should follow the format below:
- References must be written by a Quantity Surveyor who has supervised your work.
- Be on company letterhead (if the Supervisor writing your reference has moved to another organisation, they may use the letterhead of the company they now work for and in the letter state the name of the company at which they worked with you).
- Letter must be dated (include the date the letter was signed).
- Written references must outline your role and the main duties performed in this role.
- Include specified commencement and end dates of your role with the organisation.
- Contact details for your references need to be included.
- Include the qualifications and post nominals of the person signing the reference (e.g. BSc QS if has a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying and/or MRICS if is a member of RICS etc.).  Please note that we do not need to sight your referee’s qualifications.  We would simply like them to include their qualifications and post nominals under their signature.

What do you consider an appropriate supervisor?

An appropriate supervisor (not a professional or HR Manager) and your supervisor must meet one of the following criteria:
- Employer that is practicing and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor who has studied and graduated from a minimum of 3 years full time in an allied discipline;
- A Practising Quantity Surveyor recognised as a Corporate Member of the AIQS or other body formally recognised by the Institute;
- A Practising Quantity Surveyor that is registered to practice by the governing body or professional association in the country of residence; or
- A Practising Quantity Surveyor that gained their Construction related qualification/degree (minimum of 3 year full-time) in Australia

I am a current member of AIQS.  Do I still need to submit for a Skilled Migration Assessment or is there a direct pathway?

If you are a current member, this is helpful with the overall assessment of your application.  However, you will still need to fill out an application form for skilled migration and provide all the supporting documents as requested.  Skilled Migration is assessed separately from membership.

I'm not sure which Pathway I should go through.

If you have graduated from an Australian degree, which is found in our Accredited Course Guide, it will be Pathway 1.  If you have graduated from any other Australian degree not found in our Accredited Course Guide, it will be Pathway 2.  All other overseas degrees are Pathway 3.  For further information, please refer to our Skilled Migration Assessment Policy.

I have received a 'suitable' assessment through Pathway 1 OR I am eligible to apply through Pathway 1, but I would also like to have my work experience assessed.

Please note that you will need to adhere to and apply through the Pathway 2 requirements, which is to have a minimum of 2 years of work experience post-graduation and provide all relevant documents as per the Skilled Migration Assessment Policy.  We do not perform separate work experience assessments.  If you advise us of this at the start, then we will only process your application once.  If you have already received your assessment through Pathway 1, then you will need to re-apply through Pathway 2.

I'm not sure which Visa I should apply for.

Please refer all your visa-related queries to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Quantity Surveying is flagged on the MLTSSL.  Do you know whether it will stay on the list over the next 6-12 months?

Whilst the relevant Government department involves us in the consultation phase, we find out at the same time as the public whether Quantity Surveying remains on the list.  Unfortunately we cannot foresee what will happen with the list in 6-12 months' time.

How long is my assessment valid for?
2 years from the date on your assessment letter.