Quantity Surveyor

Quantity Surveyor

Become a Quantity Surveyor

A Quantity Surveyor may work for either the client or the contractor, working in an office or on-site. They are involved in a project from the start and prepare estimates for materials and work. They manage all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects and seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money.

  • Reliable
  • Accurate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledgeable about building techniques
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Budgeting skills
  • Excellent IT and maths skills
  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Negotiation and leadership skills

There are a number of ways you can become a Quantity Surveyor, as a minimum you will need 4 or more GCSEs grades A-C (9-4) and a minimum of 2 A Levels or BTEC equivalent.

Level 3

You can study a BTEC Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment or an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship in Surveying Property & Maintenance or Construction Contracting Operations.

Level 4, 5 & 6

You can study a HNC, HND, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree in Construction and the Built Environment or Surveying.


Newly trained quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000

Trained with experience quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £35,000 - £45,000

Senior or chartered quantity surveyors can earn in the region of £45,000 - £65,000

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