Applications for CQS designation will be assessed by your local Chapter Council. A minimum of 3 Councillors will review the application, with a minimum of 2 endorsements for the CQS designation to be awarded.  Normal conflict of interest rules applies.  If the CQS applicant is part of the Chapter Council, they cannot form part of the assessment panel.

Applicants applying for Corporate Membership with CQS Designation after January 1 2017, will also require endorsement by the Institute’s Board as part of the Corporate Membership entry process.

Determination of Certified Quantity Surveyor designation is assessed on an individual basis and is at the sole discretion of the relevant Chapter Council (or Board for Option 3 applications).

Appeals Process

Members have the right to appeal a CQS designation decision in accordance with the appeals process listed in the AIQS Conditions of Membership.

Use of designation

Successful applicants may use the post nominals CQS following their standard AIQS membership post nominals (for example MAIQS, CQS), and may use the term Certified Quantity Surveyor.   

The CQS designation is only valid in conjunction with a current financial AIQS Corporate Membership grade.  Should you lapse your membership, your CQS designation will no longer be valid.

Maintaining your Certified Quantity Surveyor Designation

There are no ongoing fees associated with Certified Quantity Surveyor designation.

A breach of the AIQS Code of Professional Conduct may result in removal of the members CQS designation. Additional penalties in accordance with the AIQS Complaints Handling Procedure may also apply.

Unauthorised and/or inappropriate use of Certified Quantity Surveyor (CQS) designation can lead to prosecution.

AIQS Members holding a CQS designation must maintain the prescribed level of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).  Breaches may result in removal of the members CQS designation.

For the year ending 30 June 2017, the prescribed level of CPD for AIQS members holding a CQS designation is the level of CPD expected for a Corporate Member as outlined in the AIQS Continuing Professional Development Framework (= 15 hours).

From 1 July 2019, members with the Certified Quantity Surveyor (CQS) designation will be required to achieve an additional 5 CPD points per annum (total 20 CPD points).

AIQS Members holding a CQS designation are required to update their AIQS CPD record annually by June 30 in compliance with the AIQS Continuing Professional Development Framework.  AIQS members can update their CPD record via our website under the Events & CPD page.