Applying to become a member of CIQS is simple: complete the application form, attach all relevant documentation and the application fee, select the nearest chapter location to your place of residence and then submit your application directly to the CIQS.

Each application is reviewed and the applicant informed of the number of academic credits granted, the amount of industry experience (if any) accepted, the subjects and industry experience outstanding as well as the category of membership granted and the required membership fee.

The initial category of membership awarded is dependent on academic qualifications and approved industry experience. To achieve the professional membership levels (PQS/CEC) of the Institute, each member must complete the appropriate CIQS Test of Professional Experience (TPE).

Many national and international colleges and universities are recognized by CIQS as fully accredited. Graduates from these institutions are granted full exemption from the academic requirements of the Institute. Colleges and universities that do not meet the full requirements of the CIQS syllabus are classified as “approved” and graduates from these institutions are required to pass the outstanding subjects required for the Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) or Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) designations.

Provisions are made for those who have equivalent professional and trade certifications as well as for those who have been working in the industry for an extended period of time. To outline the various pathways to membership into the CIQS and the regulations governing membership, as well as the technical skills and expectations, please download the following career booklet.