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

The fee for an international Student member is NZ$50 per year.

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

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) and Green List occupations

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 (see lis tof apporved overseas degrees on this page)
A minimum of three years' relevant post-qualification work experience

Once your membership is confirmed we can provide a letter to you for Immigration NZ 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 Membership team. Please Note- this service is only available for NZIQS members.

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.