International Membership

People who are studying or working as quantity surveyors overseas may apply to become a member of NZIQS, however, unless you have had 12 months relevant work experience in New Zealand the highest membership grade you can apply for is Student Membership.

Applying for Membership of NZIQS from Overseas

Unless you have 1 year of QS experience in New Zealand, you can only apply for Student membership

Studying QS Overseas

If you are studying quantity surveying or construction economics overseas, you can apply to become a Student member of NZIQS. 

The Student Studying membership is only available to students enrolled with a Quantity Surveying programme at a tertiary institute in New Zealand.

Approved Qualifications

NZIQS approves the following overseas quantity surveying/construction economic qualifications (a copy of your qualification certificate is required):

All other quantity survyeing degrees are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by an academic advisor.  We will require a transcript of the courses studied as well as a copy of the degree certificate.

Immigrating to New Zealand

The NZ Immigration website has information on visas here
Quantity Surveyors are listed on the following Skill Shortage list for NZ visas. For more information see List of Skilled Occupations and the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

The required standard to apply under the LTSSL is one of the following:

A bachelor's degree at NZQF Level 7, or a higher qualification with the minimum equivalent of 360 credits, which includes the requirements of a New Zealand major in quantity surveying or construction economics
Student, Affiliate or MNZIQS membership of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors and an overseas degree approved by NZIQS
A minimum of three years' relevant post-qualification work experience

Once your membership is confirmed we can assess your quantity surveying degree and provide a letter to you for NZ Immigration confirming that you are a Student member of NZIQS and that your degree is approved by NZIQS.

Send your request for a confirmation letter to the Executive Director. Please Note- this service is only available for NZIQS members.

New Zealand Experience

Once you have had 12 months' relevant quantity surveying work experience in New Zealand you will be eligible to apply for either Affiliate or MNZIQS membership depending on your overall QS experience.

International Student Membership Fee

The fee for an international Student member is NZ$65 per year.

Apply for Student membership online and you will receive an invoice for the $65 fee which can be paid by credit card. This fee is required to be paid before your application is processed at the next Membership Committee meeting for approval.

If you do not pay the fee within one month of being invoiced your application will be deleted.

Moving Overseas

If you are already a member of NZIQS you can retain your current membership level while overseas. See here for the international NZIQS membership fees.

You can apply to upgrade your membership from overseas to Affiliate or MNZIQS level provided you have met the criteria for each.