Typical job roles associated with this apprenticeship 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.
The typical duration for this apprenticeship is three years but this will depend upon the previous experience of the apprentice and the access they have to opportunities to gain the full range of competence.
Successful apprentices will gain a Level 4 HNC qualification in Construction and Built Environment that meets the knowledge requirements of the apprenticeship standard and is approved by the industry’s recognised professional bodies as meeting the educational requirements for Technician status or the equivalent level of membership.
English and Maths at Level 3 will need to be achieved before taking the End-point Assessment and will be included in the Level 4 qualification.
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 partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.
You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 5 or above), and Science. Your grade should preferably be 6+ (B) for GCSE Maths. Alternatively you should have:
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
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 and apply the Code of Conduct and conduct regulations, ethics and professional standards relevant to the 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
Once the apprentice has satisfied the requirements of the Gateway, an End-point Assessment will take place which will be delivered in the following order:
You need safety boots and Personal Protective Equipment, such as a hard hat and overalls, which should be supplied by your employer.
You could pursue a degree programme in your chosen professional area.
Progression could be into the following roles:
A chance remark from his grandmother in Hong Kong gave Derby teenager Joyin Li the idea of becoming a building surveyor. Derby College is now giving the nineteen-year-old Professional Construction student the skills and access to work experience to follow his dream. As a boy Joyin enjoyed watching flats being built on his grandparents’ land when his family visited them in Hong Kong. His grandmother commented that there was good money in building surveying…and her words stuck.
Now he is studying Level 3 Professional Construction while enjoying work experience two days a week with Pride Park-based architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon. The consultancy is a member of Derby College’s Employment and Skills Academy (ESA), which aims to nurture students as they move from education to employment. He said, overall, the best part for him is the work experience saying “I learn a lot better, if I see it, rather than read it from a book.” J
oyin gained a triple distinction in year one and is currently studying in year two. Now he has targeted a place at Nottingham Trent University. He originally completed a Mechanical and Electrical BTEC Level 2 at Derby College before taking Professional Construction on the recommendation of a lecturer and fellow student.
I’m enjoying the course.
It’s set up a bit like university; they give you the resources and tell you what to look at, tell you what you need to know to pass an assignment, and let you get on with it. It will give you skills to progress at university. “I’m learning about architectural stuff, quantity surveying, building surveying building services, and engineering – all sorts of roles within Professional Construction. You get an insight into everything and get to pick what you want to do from there.