International recognition for South Africa's quantity surveying profession

Professor Kathy Michell (left), president of the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession and Louise Brooke-Smith, president of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, seen at the meeting in South Africa.

The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in London have committed to solidifying their relationship by signing a “Mutual Recognition of Professional Competence”.

The two organisations met to discuss their ongoing relationship this month during a visit to South Africa by Louise Brooke-Smith, global president of RICS.

“Both bodies play an important role in the built environment and share a common goal in setting and regulating professional standards in quantity surveying for the advancement of the profession,” says Brooke-Smith.

“Developing this partnership will not only facilitate future co-operation, it will also broaden opportunities for members of SACQSP and RICS internationally.”

The mutual recognition of qualifications means that registered members of SACQSP may become full members of RICS, while qualified quantity surveying members of RICS may be registered as professional quantity surveyors with SACQSP.

In qualifying for RICS membership, those registered with the SACQSP in terms of the Quantity Surveying Profession Act 2000 may become full members following satisfactory completion of the mandatory Ethics module assessment. RICS members wishing to register with SACQSP need to submit a detailed resume of practical quantity surveying experience and successfully conclude a professional interview.

RICS is recognised as the world’s leading qualification regarding professional standards in land, property and construction, and attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism. The RICS qualification is recognised worldwide, enabling members to work across markets.

SACQSP is a regulatory authority mandated to provide for the registration of professionals, candidates and specified categories in the quantity surveying profession.