International Membership

People who are working or studying overseas as quantity surveyors may apply to become a member of NZIQS. However, unless you have had at least 1 years' relevant work experience in New Zealand, the highest membership grade you can apply for is Student (Post Study) 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

The fee for an international Student member is NZ$100 per year.

As we are now approaching the start of our new financial year, any new International Student applicants will be processed and invoiced on 1 April 2024 in order to avoid being double charged for the 2023-2024 period and the 2024-2025 period within a 2 week period.

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.

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.

Immigrating to New Zealand

Quantity Surveyors are listed on the Green List of occupations for New Zealand visas, and can be used to apply for the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV).

The AEWV has replaced the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa as of July 4th 2022.

In order to apply for the AEWV, you must have a full-time offer of employment from an employer registered to hire migrants, and who is on the list of Accredited Employers. You can find this list here.

To apply for the AEWV, you must have confirmation from an appropriate registration body that you’re eligible for New Zealand registration (e.g. NZIQS). You can learn more about becoming a member of NZIQS here on our website. 

Once your membership is confirmed, we can provide a letter to you for Immigration New Zealand confirming that you are a member of NZIQS, and that your degree is approved by NZIQS.

Send your request for a confirmation letter to the Membership team. Please note that this service is only available for NZIQS members, and you must be a member prior to submitting your request.

Approved Overseas Qualifications

NZIQS approves the following overseas quantity surveying/construction economic qualifications for Immigration purposes. A copy of your qualification certificate is required:

NZIQS does not provide an assessment service for qualifications not on these lists.

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.