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MEMBERSHIP:

PICQS, Inc. is open to all Filipino Citizens who are trained Quantity Surveyors professionals in accordance to the PICQS, Inc. Guidelines to become a Member.

The membership of the Organization shall consist of Technical Members, Affiliate Members, Probationer Members, Associate Members and Corporate Members.

GUIDELINES TO BECOME A MEMBER:

Chartered Filipino QS Members (RICS, AIQS, CIQS or other recognized QS professional bodies overseas)

QS trained Engineers with approved academic qualifications (i.e. Degree in QS, Diploma in QS or CEM Adaptation in QS) and preparing towards APC

QS trained Engineers with minimum 3 years experience and now undertaking a QS study

QS trained Engineers with minimum 5 years practical experience in Quantity Surveying with a Degree in Allied Discipline (Engineering or Architecture) under an approved employment (i.e. a QS firm) and under an approved supervision (member of any QS professional bodies).

QS trained Engineers with minimum 10 years practical experience in Quantity Surveying with a Degree in Allied Discipline (Engineering or Architecture)

TECHNICAL MEMBERSHIP (TPICQS) - is a non-Quantity Surveying graduate but holds a Degree in an Allied Discipline Course (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and the like or Architecture) and is engaged in the practice of Quantity Surveying with minimum four (4) year’s experience but has never been under an approved supervision OR has at least two (2) years QS experience under an approved supervision.

AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP (PICQS Affil) - is a non-Quantity Surveying graduate but holds a Degree in an Allied Discipline Course (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and the like or Architecture) and with minimum five (5) years practical experience of which three (3) years is under an approved employment and approved supervision.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP (APICQS) - is an Associate Member of RICS, an Affiliate Member of the AIQS, a Technical Member of CICES or a Certified Cost Estimator of CIQS.

PROBATIONER MEMBERSHIP (PPICQS) – is a QS-trained professional who has obtained a QS Diploma, the CEM Adaptation course or an approved academic qualification degree or accredited courses from education institutes approved by Recognized Institutes of Quantity Surveyors OR who is APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) registered OR a non-Quantity Surveying graduate but holds a Degree in an Allied Discipline course (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and the like or Architecture) with minimum fifteen (15) years relevant experience on senior management responsibility.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP (MPICQS) – is a Chartered Member of RICS or a Corporate Member of Recognized Institutes such as AIQS, CIQS, NZIQS, CICES OR a PPICQS with 5 years post PICQS experience and proven service commitment to PICQS.

FELLOW MEMBERSHIP (FPICQS) – is a Fellow Member of Recognized Institutes such as RICS, AIQS, CIQS, NZIQS and CICES.

 

  • Gives you the status and recognition when a post nominal from a recognized QS professional body is attached after your name
  • Be part of a pre-eminent All-Filipino global organization
  • Enjoy a wealth of opportunities to network locally and around the world
  • Access to local events and CPD resources for your professional development arranged through the PICQS chapter offices.
  • A highly specialist support team who shall act as your mentors and coaches can offer you technical guidance and professional knowledge in your critical analysis and case study preparation
  • Access to Think Tank Lectures spearheaded by the Founder and Chair of PICQS
  • Benefit of attending study groups and mock interview sessions in preparation for the APC
  • Endorsement of Qualification – Corporate members of PICQS can nominate applicants to apply for membership to recognized QS professional bodies
  • The PICQS will work with prestigious Career Consultants to deliver professional advice on advancing your career in construction
  • As a PICQS member you will be able to guarantee clients the highest quality advice and service. Being a member will fast-track your career and optimize your earning potential both in your own country and internationally.
  • Become future Assessors of recognized QS professional bodies

Become part of the future teaching facility for various prestigious universities in the Philippines 

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

If you had the opportunity to have studied or have been sponsored by your companies to study QS Diploma or the CEM Adaptation, this would give you the chance to obtain the full chartered membership status. Once you become chartered members, you can help the aspiring members become chartered members in the future. It is therefore the objective of this organization to help you become chartered and once you are chartered, it should not end as having obtained the qualifications but should just mark the beginning of you serving as a medium to help others.

This route is very expensive, therefore if you have completed a QS academic qualification or undergoing a QS study, then you are very lucky and should not waste time to pursue your aim to be chartered. PICQS will help you to pass your APC so you can help other aspiring APC candidates.

The routes to gaining a full chartered membership status are:

Graduate Route 2

Graduate routes to membership are aimed at those with an RICS accredited degree and must have at least 5 years practical experience. Members should undertake a PG Diploma in QS. Candidates can enroll as Student Members of RICS upon enrollment in a Diploma Course and must undertake 11 months of structured training, record a minimum of 200 days experience, attend regular meetings with Supervisor and Counselor and must have achieved a total of 48 CPD hours during the structured training period. Upon completion of the course, they can enroll as an RICS Trainee Member in preparation of the APC. Prioir to the APC interview, they have to submit a logbook, a signed off mandatory and technical achievement record, a record of professional development over the last 12 months and a 3000 word critical analysis. Final assessment will require a 60 minute interview with 10 minutes presentation of the critical analysis and test on core and mandatory competencies and ethical issues.

Total Investment: The CEM Diploma is worth AED 32,000 (Php 384,000)

Adaptation Route

Candidates must have at least 9 years practical experience and should take an RICS Adaptation Course at CEM. Candidates can enroll as Trainee Members of RICS upon completion of a 450 hours study. Prior to the APC interview, they have to submit a signed off mandatory and technical achievement record, a record of Life Long Learning over the last 12 months and a 3000 word critical analysis. Final assessment will require a 60 minute interview with 10 minutes presentation of the critical analysis and test on core and mandatory competencies and ethical issues.

Total Investment: The CEM Adaptation Course is worth AED 11,000 (or Php 132,000).

Senior Professional Route

Candidates must have over ten years senior management position under an approved employment and approved supervision. The first step is to submit to RICS a CV along with an organizational chart of your firm. Once accepted by RICS under the SPR Route, you will be required to submit a 2000 words CV and organizational chart, proof of your academic and professional qualifications, competency table identifying the technical competencies, 3 x 500 word cases which is focused on your management responsibility and a record of 60 CPD hours for the last three years. Final assessment will require a 60 minute interview with 10 minutes presentation of your personal profile and test on core and mandatory competencies and ethical issues.

Total Investment: Registration fee of AED 1,800 (Php 21,600)

Assessment of Technical Competence (ATC)

Direct Access Route

No QS Study but member of an RICS Recognized Professional Body like the AIQS and CIQS.

You have to be a member of a RICS Recognized Professional body such as AIQS or CIQS. To be a member of the AIQS, you must first apply as an Affiliate Member of the AIQS. To become an Affiliate member, you must have a Degree in an Allied Discipline (Civil Engg or Architecture), you must have at least 5 years minimum practical experience in QS practice under an approved supervision (a corporate member of RICS or professional body) and under an approved employment (a firm undertaking QS practice). Once you become an Affiliate Member of the AIQS, then you can apply as an Associate Member of RICS though Direct Entry.

The Candidate must enroll with RICS for the ATC. Final Submission to RICS would include a proof that you have obtained a total of 100 points against the Associate Matrix, proof of completed online Ethics exercise, a signed off mandatory and technical achievement record, a record of professional and technical development of 48 CPD hours over the last 12 months, a final assessment record and a 3 x 1000 word cases. No more interview to attend as long as you have submitted a high standard well written and presented report of technical accuracy and literacy.

Total investment: AED 1,720 and you get two memberships and can use the following post nominals namely: AIQS (Affil) and Assoc RICS.

With CEM Diploma OR a Surveying Related Degree (BS CE) and at least 5 years relevant QS experience

If you have a CEM Diploma or a BS Degree in Civil Engineering and at least 5 years relevant, then you can apply as an Associate Member of RICS though Direct Entry (you only need to pass an Ethics online test and prepare 3 x 1000 word cases on the projects you were involved and no interview is required if you submit an acceptable written submission).

The Candidate must enroll with RICS for the ATC. Final Submission to RICS would include a proof that you have obtained a total of 100 points against the Associate Matrix, proof of completed online Ethics exercise, a signed off mandatory and technical achievement record, a record of professional and technical development of 48 CPD hours over the last 12 months, a final assessment record and a 3 x 1000 word cases. No more interview to attend as long as you have submitted a high standard well written and presented report of technical accuracy and literacy.

Total investment: AED 1,350 and you can use the post nominal Assoc RICS.

Once you become an Associate of RICS, you are now a Technical Surveyor and could nominate or be a supervisor or a counselor for an ATC Candidate.

Structured Training Route

In order to qualify for the Assoc RICS, Candidates must accumulate at least 100 points in the Associate RICS Matrix in order to be eligible for final assessment.

If you have a BS Degree in Civil Engineering and have less than 5 years QS experience (say 3 years experience; For every year of experience, you will get 5 points), then you will get a maximum of 95 points. In order to achieve the 100 points required for ATC Route, you need to have a 12 months-structured training (equivalent to 25 points) and this will give you a total of 120 points (NB. No scheme can give you the extra 5 points except the 12 month structured training).

The Candidate must enroll with RICS for the ATC and have to undergo 12 months structured training where the candidate will be closely supervised by the Supervisor or Line Manager from their firm. The Supervisor or Line Manager may not necessarily be a Chartered Surveyor of RICS. The candidate will also be supervised by a Counselor, who must be a Corporate Member or an Associate Member of the PICQS.

Upon enrollment with RICS, Candidates must undertake 12 months of structured training, record a minimum of 200 days experience with the 12 months structured training period, attend regular meetings with Supervisor and Counselor and must have achieved a total of 48 CPD hours during the structured training period. Final Submission to RICS would include a proof that you have obtained a total of 100 points against the Associate Matrix, proof of completed online Ethics exercise, a logbook, a signed off mandatory and technical achievement record, a record of professional and technical development, a final assessment record and a 3 x 1000 word cases. No more interview to attend as long as you have submitted a high standard well written and presented report of technical accuracy and literacy.

Total investment: AED 1,350 and you can use the post nominal Assoc RICS.

Once you become an Associate of RICS, you are now a Technical Surveyor and could nominate or be a supervisor or a counselor for an ATC Candidate.

PROGRESSING TO FULL CHARTERED MEMBERSHIP

Once you become an Assoc RICS and depending on the number of experience you will have at the time of gaining the Associate RICS membership, you can either complete 900 hours of study (6 modules of RICS accredited course) if you have less than 9 years experience or take the Adaptation Course at CEM (if you have more than 9 years experience), then you can progress to full chartered membership by passing the APC interview.

Please download the form below and complete all sections of this PICQS Membership Application Form that are relevant to your application in CAPITAL LETTERS

Submit a copy of your degree and proof of membership of other QS organization with your completed application at joinus@picqs.org

 

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