Construction quantity surveying technician

Occupation overview

The occupation covered by this standard is Construction Quantity Surveying Technician. Typical job titles can include: Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Assistant Construction Surveyor, Quantity Surveying Technician, Assistant Cost Engineer or Assistant Cost Analyst. Construction Quantity Surveying Technicians are associated with the monitoring and control of costs and contracts on construction projects and are based on sites or in offices.


  • Apply health and safety issues to all activities
  • Demonstrate application of the principles of sustainability
  • Assist in the implementation of the most appropriate solutions for construction projects
  • Be able to apply different types of contracts to different situations
  • Assist in the selection of and negotiation with specialist contractors for a construction project
  • Assist in the measurement and costing of construction works during a project.
  • Assist in the preparation of financial reports, cash flow and cost forecasts for a construction project
  • Assist in the collection, collation and storage of relevant data and its analysis


  • Understand the principles and responsibilities imposed by law and other regulations in a construction environment
  • Understand the sustainability issues in projects across economic, social and environmental aspects
  • Understand different construction techniques and materials and the principles of design
  • Understand different forms of contracts used in construction and why they are applied in different situations
  • Understand the different types of procurement process and negotiation requirements
  • Understand the importance of controlling costs during a construction project and the effect of changes to the project
  • Understand the various forms of reporting on project progress


  • Understand and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to industry’s recognised professional bodies.
  • Identify own development needs and take action to meet those needs. Use own knowledge and expertise to help others when requested.
  • Understand the importance of equality and diversity and demonstrate these attributes so as to meet the requirements of fairness at work.
  • Be able to contribute effectively to meetings and present information in a variety of ways including oral and written.
  • Be able to assist in planning to avoid conflict and resolving issues that do arise
  • Be able to work with others in a collaborative and non-confrontational way.
  • Be able to identify areas for improvement and suggest innovative solutions.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will determine their own entry requirements, but the typical entry requirements for this Apprenticeship will be five GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths, English and a Science; or a Level 2 Apprenticeship.


The typical duration for this Apprenticeship is three years but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and access to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.

Professional Qualifications/Recognition

The following qualification will be gained:

  • A Level 4 qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership.
  • English and Maths; apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve Technician status or the equivalent with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this Apprenticeship will typically be representative of the review process required for professional registration.

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