Difference Between Quantity Surveyors And Estimators
The differences between Quantity Surveyors and Estimators are based mainly on their educational qualifications, experience and the size of the Project.
Quantity Surveyors usually must have a tertiary degree qualification and are eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS).
For some older Quantity Surveyors, the courses were simply not available at the time, so acceptance into the AIQS was assessed on the skills and experience of the Candidate, by a Committee of their peers.
Estimators normally have a Technical Certificate qualification and usually come from a trade background.
Both are very competent and capable in their own areas, however as the Size and Scope of the Building Project increases, Quantity Surveyors are usually engaged as opposed to Estimators because of their expanded skills and experience with larger and more complex Projects.
Estimators can (and do) become Quantity Surveyors by completing the additional Studies required and potentially becoming Members of the AIQS.
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