Membership

Membership FAQs

Which Membership Pathway is best for me?

Please review the overview here for self-assessment.  If you are still unsure, please email membership@aiqs.com.au with a detailed CV and we will be happy to assist.

What are the differences between a Skilled Migration Assessment and AIQS membership?

A Skilled Migration Assessment is a service performed by AIQS on behalf of the Australian Government and is not connected to AIQS membership in any way.

Membership is joining AIQS and you receive the benefits whereas a Skilled Migration Assessment doesn’t entitle you to become a member of AIQS.

I have already done a Skilled Migration Assessment, why do I need to do a Membership application as well to become a member?

Skilled migration assessments is a service performed on behalf of the Government by the AIQS.  Membership application is separate from Skilled Migration.  If you would like to become a member of the AIQS, please click here.

What is the difference between approved supervision and non-approved supervision?

Supervision means the application is under direct and continual supervision by a supervisor within the organisation.

An approved supervisor is defined as the following;

  • A Corporate member (Associate, Member or Fellow) in good standing

OR

  • A Corporate member of a recognised institute of quantity surveying who holds a membership equivalent of at least AIQS Member grade and experience level, and is in good standing

AND

  • There is no conflict of interest between the supervisor and the applicant.

I was granted Student Membership and I didn’t receive a membership certificate.

AIQS does not issue Student grade membership certificates.

I am based overseas, why do I not have access to the Member Advantage program?

Member Advantage is currently only providing benefits from businesses in Australia.  They do not have any offerings from international businesses and hence why we can only provide benefits for members who are Australian-based.  

What’s the difference between Associate and Member grade?

Both grades are identical. Associate grade of membership used to be available prior to November 2012. If you are an Associate member, we encourage you to request a new member certificate so you can start using the Member grade postnominals (MAIQS).

Skilled Migration

Skilled Migration FAQs

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

Please refer all your visa-related queries to the Department of Home Affairs.

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.

Documents must be certified as required by the Department of Home Affairs. Please see these standards as well as a full list of professionals who are authorised to certify documents on their 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 Home Affairs 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.

Please ensure that your certified documents are dated no older than 12 months from the date of submission.

Which English Test(s) do you accept?

We accept any of the tests currently accepted by the Department of Home Affairs.

Which IELTS Test should I do?  General or Academic?

You may do either one.  Most people provide the General test. Please see section 9 of the Skilled Migration Assessment Policy for alternative tests as benchmarked against IELTS test scores.
 

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. You must also provide a minimum of 24 months post-graduate referenced skilled employment.

All other overseas degrees are Pathway 3.  You must also provide a minimum of 24 months post-graduate referenced skilled employment.

If you have been an AIQS member or a member of a recognised Association (conditions apply, please refer to section 11 of the Skilled Migration Policy) and have a minimum of 12 months of skilled employment history since achieving your membership -  regardless of which country you completed your degree, you may be eligible for Pathway 4.

For further information, please refer to our Skilled Migration Policy.

What is a passport photo and what are the guidelines?

Please refer to the Australian Passport Office website for passport photo guidelines. We request that the passport photo you provide by email to us has been taken no later than 4 weeks prior to your submission.

Click here to view an example of how to submit your passport photo.

Do you have an example of a reference letter?

References

•    Must be written by a Quantity Surveyor who has directly supervised your work.
•    Must 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).
•    Must be dated (include the date the letter was signed).
•    Must outline your role and the main duties performed in this role.
•    Must include specified commencement and end dates of your role with the organisation.
•    Must include contact details for your references.
•    Must 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 MRICS if is a member of RICS etc.).  Colour copies of each supervisors qualifications are to be provided. 

Please note that we also require a colour copy of your referee’s qualifications. 

An appropriate supervisor (not a professional or HR Manager) must meet one of the following criteria:
    A direct supervisor that is practicing and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor who has studied and graduated from a minimum of 3 years full time in quantity surveying or allied discipline;
    A direct supervisor who is a practising Quantity Surveyor recognised as a Corporate Member of the AIQS or is a member equivalent to Corporate member of a body formally recognised by the Institute.

 

I have not yet graduated from my course.  Can I still apply for an skills assessment?

No, you must have graduated from the applicable qualification. 
 

Do you provide skills assessments for work experience only?

There are no skills assessments for work experience only.  For each pathway, the qualification must first be assessed as suitable in order for any work experience to be assessed as suitable.

If I work as a Quantity Surveyor but hold a degree in an allied discipline (such as Civil Engineering), is my degree eligible for a skills assessment?

The qualification requirement in 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. “Allied Professions” are defined in Section 11.  Therefore, applicants with degrees in allied disciplines may be considered for a skills assessment but it is not a guarantee.

Any other engineering degrees such as general engineering, mechanical, electrical or software are not considered as allied disciplines.

My positive assessment letter is about to expire, can I renew the assessment?

You may apply for a reassessment within 24 months of the letter date. Please resubmit all documents with up to date information as per the Pathway you originally submitted; a new application form duly filled out; as well as the current outcome letter. The reassessment fee is applicable to complete applications received within the validity period; if checklist items are incomplete or missing and provided after the validity period, the full assessment fee applies. 

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.

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 apply through and adhere to 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 assess work experience separately. If you have already received your assessment through Pathway 1, then you will need to re-apply through Pathway 2.

I hold a masters degree in quantity surveying, but my bachelor's degree is not in quantity surveying.  Does my work experience prior to obtaining the masters degree count?

Only work experience post obtaining a recognised degree may potentially be recognised.  If your first degree is not recognised then only the years of work experience after achieving your masters degree may potentially be recognised. 

What is a certified copy of a document?

A certified copy of a document is a copy of an original document which is certified as a true copy by an authorised person.

Certification must appear on the front of each page of the submitted document. All documents uploaded as part of your online application must be in PDF format.

Please ensure that your certified documents are dated no older than 12 months from the date of submission.

Certification standards;

  • Make a copy of the original document.
  • Take the original document and your copy to the certifier.
  •  They will check your copy is the same as the original.
  •  On a single-page document, the certifier must write or stamp, 'This is a certified true copy of the original as sighted by me'
  • On documents with more than 1 page, the certifier must write or stamp 'I certify this and the following [number of pages] pages to be a true copy of the original as sighted by me' on the first page and initials all other pages.

The certifier must also write or stamp on the copy:

  • their signature
  • their full name
  • their occupation
  • their phone number
  • the date
  • their address (optional)

Authorised persons include:

  • Justices of the Peace (JP's)
  • Legal Practitioners
  • Police Officers.

For a full list of professionals who are authorised to certify documents, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Original documents are not accepted with your application for skilled migration assessment. Documents submitted are not returned to the applicant.

What do you consider a suitable supervisor?

As detailed in the Skilled Migration Assessment Policy an appropriate supervisor (not a professional or HR Manager) must meet one of the following criteria:

  • a direct supervisor who is practicing and qualified as a Quantity Surveyor and has studied and graduated from a minimum of  three years full time in Quantity Surveying or an allied discipline
  • a direct supervisor who is a practising Quantity Surveyor recognised as a financial Corporate member of AIQS or is a member equivalent to a financial Corporate member of a body formally recognised by AIQS.

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

Overseas trained applicants must submit a Department of Home Affairs approved English Language Test with their application.  Exceptions are listed in the Skilled Migration Policy (Section 9).
We do NOT accept combined test results from tests undertaken at different times.

I am a current member of AIQS / recognised Association.  Do I still need to submit for a skills assessment or is there a direct pathway?

If you are a current member of AIQS or a recognised Association, this is helpful with the overall assessment of your application. You may also be eligible to apply through Pathway 4 if you have a minimum of 12 months of work experience post obtaining your membership qualification.  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 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.

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. If you have successfully completed an AIQS accredited degree, you are eligible to transfer your membership from Student to Graduate grade. To transfer your membership to Graduate grade, please complete the Graduate Application Form.

The AIQS Accredited Course Guide contains accredited degrees from overseas.  Do these degrees also count under Pathway 1?

The Policy clearly states that only the Australian degrees listed under the Accredited Course Guide are eligible for Pathway 1.  If you have graduated from an overseas degree, regardless of whether it is listed in the Accredited Course Guide, you must apply through Pathway 3 or 4. 

How many points am I eligible for given my background?

Please refer all your points and visa-related enquiries to either a migration agent or to the Department of Home Affairs.

How long is my assessment valid for?

2 years from the date on your assessment letter. Any subsequent assessment letters will make the assessment letter null and void, and the validity period will reset from the date of the latest assessment letter. 

CPD & Social Events

Events & Education Portfolio FAQs

I attended a CPD course, run by AIQS. Will I receive a printed certificate?

AIQS will not provide a printed certificate for attending CPD courses. However, you will be automatically allocated CPD points for attending eligible AIQS-based events which will count towards your annual CPD requirements.

Do you need to be a member to attend an event?

Unless otherwise stated, you do not need to be a member to attend events. Events will typically have a member and a non-member registration price. 
 

Can I pay for entry at the door or pay cash?

All AIQS events require pre-payment before registration and entry. In accordance with the AIQS Financial Management Policy and to ensure operational transparency, cash transactions are not able to be accepted.

Where do I submit other CPD records?

Please only submit them online through your member portal. Click here to go to the online form to log your CPD.

How can I register for an event?

Each event registration link is available on the event information page. You will need to be logged into your account or create a new account to register for events.

How do I register a group for an event?

Group registration forms can be sent to events@aiqs.com.au. The registration form is available on each individual meeting entry.

Do events hosted by AIQS provide me with CPD points?

Not all events are eligible for CPD points. Any event hosted by AIQS that is eligible for CPD, will be noted as such in the event listing on our website.

Webinars

Events & Education Portfolio FAQs

Can I earn CPD points by viewing a webinar? How will these be recorded?

To earn the allocated CPD points for a webinar, you must view at least 80% of the webinar. AIQS members who satisfy this requirement will have the CPD points allocated to their account.

I registered but missed the live webinar session, can I still watch the webinar?

If you miss the live session, a copy of the recording will be emailed to you within one business day of the session taking place.

When does a webinar recording expire?

Webinar recordings are available for three months post the live session date unless otherwise stated.

The webinar I have purchased has expired, can the expiry date be extended?

AIQS enters agreements with presenters to have the recording of a webinar available for a set period (ie.3 months). We are unable to extend viewing beyond the expiry date as this will breach the agreement with presenters. Refunds are not available should the webinar not be viewed within the allocated time.
 

I have purchased the recording of the webinar, when will I receive this?

The recording will be emailed to you within one business day of the session taking place.

AIQS Academy

Events & Education Portfolio FAQs

Do the topics expire?

There is no expiry date for the topics in the AIQS Academy, however topics may be updated to ensure they remain relevant. 
 

Can I earn CPD points by completing a topic? How will these be recorded?

To earn the allocated CPD points for an academy topic, you must successfully pass the Q&A quiz at the conclusion of the topic. Once this is achieved, a certificate of completion will be emailed to you. AIQS members will have their CPD points automatically updated in their online CPD diary.

How long does it take to complete a topic?

Allow up to two hours to complete a topic. The Academy will remember your place if you need to stop for any reason and return later.

I’m a member but the AIQS Academy price listed is the non-member rate?

You need to be logged into the AIQS Academy with your member account details in order to activate the member price.

Can I use the content (online videos) in training sessions?

The AIQS Academy is an individual-based learning platform, you cannot share or broadcast content. 

CPD Requirements

Events & Education Portfolio FAQs

How many CPD points must I earn?

15 points per annum (1 July to 30 June). Members who hold CQS designation are required to obtain 20 points per annum (1 July to 30 June).

Does the new system qualify for ICEC Certification?

Yes, the AIQS' CPD Program meets international ICEC standards.
Fellows, Associates and Members who choose to certify that they have completed the required points per annum receive a certificate endorsed by the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and can use the post nominal ICECA after their AIQS post nominal. Once your CPD requirements have been obtained & entered for the year, email education@aiqs.com.au to request your certificate to be made available in your member profile. Members can enter their CPD records by logging onto "My Portal"  and accessing their "CPD Diary" which is located under the subheading "My Content" on the left menu. 

What is a structured activity?

Structured activities include attendance at seminars, conferences, formal qualifications, preparation of papers/handbooks/manuals and many more.  For a full list of structured activities, please refer to Section 6.3 of the AIQS CPD Guidelines.