The Profession

Becoming A Member

How do I become a member of the JIQS?

Direct membership examinations are held annually or as the need arises for persons wishing to become members of the Institute. These examinations are open to graduates of the University of Technology (UTECH) and other approved academic institutions.

Corporate members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (R.I.C.S.) and other professional organizations in the Commonwealth with at least two years working experience in Jamaica are exempted from these examinations.

Why is registration important?

Currently, there are no restrictions on who may market themselves as Quantity Surveyors and offer services to the public. Registration is not exclusive, but rather its intention is to ensure that persons providing the services of a Quantity Surveyor are those who have the necessary qualifications, and therefore protect their clients from the adverse consequences which often arise in an unregulated environment.

For some twenty years or so, the JIQS has been lobbying Government for the compulsory registration of Quantity Surveyors to:

  1. Protect the public who may otherwise engage the services of unqualified persons who promote themselves as Quantity Surveyors bearing in mind the level of education and training necessary to properly undertake the necessary roles.
  2. Avoid or minimize the adverse consequences which arise when payment recommendations are not made by professionals who can be held accountable should there be any shortcomings in the exercise of their roles.
  3. Ensure the maintenance of acceptable levels of professional conduct.