Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development or CPD, is a common tool used across many professions and trades as a means of continually educating and upskilling industry professionals and workers.

All NZIQS members Can Undertake CPD

All NZIQS members are able to obtain CPD accreditation if they wish to enhance their knowledge and professional expertise. 

NZIQS provides CPD opportunities in the form of seminars, webinars and other educational events.  See the list below for more examples of other activities that can gain CPD points.

NZIQS members are also able to gain CPD opportunities offered by other organisations.  The events calendar on our website displays a list of educational events, most which qualify for CPD, offered by ourselves and others.

Registered Quantity Surveyors and CPD

NZIQS members who wish to be awarded Registered Quantity Surveyor status must undertake CPD accreditation every 3 years in order to receive and maintain their Registered Quantity Surveyor status.  This ongoing CPD ultimately leads to the person being recognised by the industry as a competent, credible and authoritative member of their profession.

CPD Diary

Members wanting accreditation will need to keep a CPD diary.  Download CPD Diary

You will need to complete a minimum of 45 accredited hours of CPD activities over 3 years.

What constitutes CPD

You can record CPD hours for the following categories:

Note - Each category has a maximum limit of number hours that can be claimed and each category is adjusted by a weighting factor. See CPD Diary for more information on each category.


CPD Category





# Hours


Attendance at industry related presentations, conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars or site visits - either by NZIQS or related construction organisations.



2.Educational Qualifications

Obtaining relevant formal educational qualifications such as postgraduate degree, degree or diploma at an approved tertiary institute. Note: this is not applicable to Student members.



3.Short-course Training

Attendance at short training courses such as Site Safe, H&S, Business skills, IT.



4.Specialist Work-training

Research and learning on-the-job when undertaking a new professional project or task not previously experienced. May only be claimed once for each type of specialist work/task.

Examples: expert witness, bank drawdown, replacement insurance, tax depreciation, infrastructure work, seismic strengthening, PPT financial audit or certification, Life Cycle Costing




5.Seminar preparation /Teaching

Presentation of a seminar or guest lecture, and for teaching part-time to a tertiary class (Note: where teaching is not main occupation). Includes preparation and presentation time.



6.Professional Publishing

Research and preparation of a published article, handbook, text book or an Industry relevant document.



7.Professional Participation

Involvement in NZIQS activities/meetings when no formal or structured presentations take place. Includes similar involvement in related construction organisations. Note: This does not include events of a social or sporting nature or awards.




Industry related reading .




Mentoring of tertiary students undertaken by NZIQS-approved mentors only- as organised by branches. Includes time spent at initial mentoring set up event.




All other CPD not covered by the previous categories. Subject to QSRB approval.




Who Recognises the NZIQS CPD Scheme

The NZIQS CPD scheme is accredited by the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) which is a worldwide confederation of cost engineering, quantity surveying and project management societies.  Click here for the ICEC accreditation page.  

The CPD scheme is also endorsed by the member institutes of PAQS (Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors).  PAQS members are professional quantity surveying or cost engineering institutes In Asia and the Western Pacific region.  Click here to see current PAQS members.