THE NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF QUANTITY SURVEYORS (NIQS)
THE NIQS EXAMINATIONS
1.0 BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR EXMAINATIONS
1.01 Probation Examination
The prospective Applicants must have at least HND/B. Sc. in Architecture, Building Technology/Engineering, Civil Engineering or any other approved qualifications by the Membership Committee.
1.02 Graduateship Examination
The Prospective Applicant must have at least HND from approved Polytechnic/College of Technology or B.Sc. from un-accredited University. Candidates can attempt this examination any time after graduation.
1.03 Test of Professional Competence (TPC) Examination
The prospective candidates must have B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying from accredited University or passed the Graduateship Examination conducted by the Institute.
In addition, the candidates must have a minimum of three years experience (inclusive of NYSC service year).
1.04 PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEW
The prospective candidates must have passed the NIQS Test of Competence Examination.
In addition, the candidate must have successfully completed diary and logbook covering a minimum working experience of thirty-six months.
There must be a proof showing that the working experience was acquired under the supervision of at least a financial senior associate member of the NIQS. The Logbooks are to be submitted in two instalments of 24 and 12 months respectively. The second instalment of 12 months can only be submitted when a candidate has been successful in the assessment of the first 24 months submission. Each instalment must be submitted to the secretariat within 30 days after the expiration of the periods contained in it. The candidate would be informed of the outcome of the diary and logbook submitted within three months of submission. The candidate must make good all corrections (if any) as instructed and in good time.
Matured Candidates Examination
Separate guideline – see as attached (page 9)
The prospective candidate must have the under listed in order to qualify for the matured candidates examination: -
(a) Academic Qualifications
i) Five (5) credits at G.C.E (‘O; Level or ‘A’ Level) or SSCE which must include English, Mathematics and Physics.
ii) HND, B. Sc., B. Tech, or M. Sc. in Quantity Surveying from accredited Tertiary Institution
iii) Cognate degree holders from accredited Tertiary Institutions may be considered.
The age of the candidate must not be less than 40 years for Quantity Surveying Degree/Diploma holders and 45 years for cognate degree holders.
i) Post-graduate practical experience in quantity surveying must not be less than 15 years for those Degree/Diploma in quantity surveying) or 25 years for those with cognate Degree/Diploma.
(ii) He/she must have been in Senior Management Levels for at least ten years.
(d) Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
i) Evidence of CPD for not less than five years before the date of application (5 x 20 Units)
ii) Evidence of active involvement at chapter level including financial contributions to the activities of the Institute
2.0. EXAMINATION CENTRES
The Institute’s various Examinations are held at the following Exam. Centres: -
2.01 Probationer, Graduateship and TPC Examinations:
The Institute’s Probationer, Graduateship and TPC Examinations are held at Abuja, Benin City, Enugu, Kaduna, Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Note: At any time the number of enrolment at a particular centre is less than five (5), the examination shall not hold at that centre. The candidates from that centre will have the option of writing the examinations at centre(s) nearest to them. For the purpose of clarity, no candidate will be allowed to write the examinations at more than one centre. i.e. all papers in an examination must be written at the same centre.
2.02 Professional Interview
The Professional Competence Interviews are held at Abuja, Enugu and Lagos.
The above notwithstanding, the Council reserves the right to review the number and location of Examination Centres from time to time.
3.0 CONDUCT OF EXAMINATION
Candidature is open to all those employed in Quantity Surveying professional practices, those employed in the Construction Industry, Employee of Federal, States and local Governments institutions (provided they are fully employed in Quantity surveying activities and meet the minimum qualifications approved by the Council of the NIQS.
3.2 Dates of Examination
3.1.01 The examinations are conducted once in a year and not later than the last week in July. Examination dates shall be within the periods listed on page6.
3.2 Examination Entry Dates.
3.2.1 The entry for the annual examinations starts from middle of February every year. It is open only to those who are appropriately registered with the Institute and have paid the stipulated annual subscription and the required examination entry fee.
3.3 Closing Dates of Entries
The closing date for the July examination is the end of April and no late entry will be entertained after May 31st.
3.01 Examination Materials
3.2.01 The Institute shall provide all the answer scripts including foolscap sheets, taking-off and billing sheets that the Candidates will require during the examinations.
3.2.02 The Candidates will be required to provide the under listed materials for the examinations: -
c) Scale Rule/Ruler
d) Calculator (Non-Programmable type)
e) Approved unmarked reference publications such as Standard Method of Measurement of Building & Engineering Services/Civil Works, Standard Form of Contract, Valuation Tables etc depending on the nature of subject.
4.0 ATTENDANCE REGISTERS
All Candidates will be required to fill and sign the following Attendance Registers: -
4.1 General Attendance Register stating the Candidate’s name and examination number. This register is to be filled once by every candidate irrespective of the number of papers he/she is writing
4.2 Subject Attendance Register stating the Candidate’s Examination Number and Signature. This register is repeated for each of the subjects the candidate is sitting for.
Note: Failure to sign the appropriate attendance register is at the risk of the Candidates concerned.
5.0 Pass Mark
5.1 Written Examinations
The Pass Mark for full Candidates is 60% while that for Referral is 65%.
5.2 Professional Competence Interview
The Pass Mark for professional competence interview 65%.
The maximum permissible referrals are as follows:
6.1 Probationer and Graduateship Examinations Candidate with high level of performance but scored slightly below pass mark in not more than two subjects may be referred in those subjects. Referrals at more than two subjects will not be allowed.
6.2 TPC Examination
So long as the number of subjects offered at the Test of Professional Examination is not more than four, the maximum referrals will remain one subject. In other words, a Candidate who has overall high level performance but with a score below the pass mark in a subject may be required to re-sit that subject but where the low scores are in more than one subject, the candidate is to re-sit the whole examination irrespective of his/her overall average score.
6.3 Professional Competence Interview
The Candidate will be required to provide evidence of adequate experience commensurate with that required to perform the duties of a qualified Quantity Surveyor. The requirements include and not restricted to the following: -
a) Duly completed Dairies and Logbook covering a period of 36 months but submitted at two instalments with each considered separately within three months of submission. The successful completion of the diary and logbook shall determine when the candidate is to sit for the professional competence interview.
7.0 Examination Results
7.01 The Institute will communicate the result of the examinations to the students by post. The Institute will not entertain further correspondence with individual candidate.
7.02 The results of the written examinations are released not later than the last week in August while that of Professional Competence Interview is released not later than the last week in October.
Exemptions may be granted to graduates of accredited institutions and such exemption shall not be automatic but subject to membership and education committee recommendations and Councils approval.
Application for exemption must be submitted on standard exemption form obtainable at a fee from the Institutes secretariat and State Chapters offices and must be returned for assessment by the Education committee not later than four months before the date of the examination.
All passport photographs accompanying entry forms must be duly signed by a senior Associate of not less than 5 years) or a Fellow of the Institute.
Candidates are required to quote their centres and examination numbers in all their correspondence with the Institute/ examination centres.
Refund of Fees
Once an entry has been accepted there will be no refund of fees.
The packets of question papers are to be opened in the presence of the candidates at the time of the examination.
Candidates without authenticated examination number would not be allowed into examination halls.
Severe disciplinary actions as prescribed by the council would be taken against any candidate found guilty of examination malpractices.
Depending on the gravity of the offence, any or some of the under listed disciplinary actions would be taken against the offending candidate.
(a) Cancellation of the candidates result.
(b) Suspension from the Institutes examinations
(c) De-registration of candidate.
(d) Handling over the candidate to the Police for prosecution
(e) Reporting the candidate involved to his or her employer
THE NIGERIA INSTITUTE OF QUANTITY SURVEYORS
PROFESSIONAL ASSESSMENT RULE
Matured candidates for Professional Assessment shall be assessed in three stages and candidates must ensure that their submission reach the Chief Examiner, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, 17/19, Idowu Taylor, Victoria Island not later than 12:00 noon on the dates stipulated for each submission.
Candidates must ensure that the receiving officer at the above address signs copies of their covering letters indicating the contents of their submission.
Candidate are strongly advised to read through the requirements for this examination, satisfy themselves that they would meet all the requirements before applying for the examination.
Full fee must be submitted with the letter of application and this is not refundable no matter the stage the candidate is adjudged not fit to continue with assessment process.
(STAGE 1): Record and Summary of Experience
This must be submitted in accordance with assessment guide and not later than 15th March. This will be used to assess candidates applying for this route to qualification and ensure that the candidates have met basic requirements including that of experience.
Successful candidates after such assessment would be invited to proceed and make their submissions for the next stage of the examination.
(STAGE 2): Critical Analysis
The candidates Supervisor or Counsellor must initial each page sign all documents relating to Critical Analysis.
Candidates will submit in triplicate bound copies not later than 6th July.
(STAGE 3): Presentation and Interview
Presentation and interview will take place simultaneously on the date to be fixed in September at the National Secretariat of the Institute 17/19, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island at 10:30 a.m. or any other centre that may be approved by the Council of the NIQS.
THE MATURED CANDIDATES ASSESSMENT GUIDE
1. RECORD AND SUMMARY EXPERIENCE
This is the record of the competence that the candidate must have achieve during his or her period of working as a Quantity Surveyor in a senior capacity.
The record must contain brief resume of candidate including all experience gained and must state progress made as a senior Quantity Surveyor for a period of not less than 10 years.
Candidates Supervisor or Counsellor on his separate headed paper must confirm candidate’s ability and readiness for the final assessment and must certify the record.
Without such certification, you will not be considered ready for final assessment and interview.
The Supervisor or counsellor must be a financial member of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyor and must be a Fellow or an Associate of not less than 10 years.
2. CRITICAL ANALYSIS
The Critical Analysis must be a detailed analysis of a professional and life project or projects with which candidates have being involved during their professional training period, and must demonstrate candidates approach to, and understanding of, the work of a senior Quantity Surveyor.
The Analysis must contain analysis of issues and critical problems encountered first estimate up to and including final account
The analysis must identify the following:
· Key issues of the project;
· Options or possible courses of action which were available;
· Reasons for the rejection of those options which were not selected;
· Reasons for the adopted course of action and a critical appraisal of the outcome, and
· A reflective of the experience gained.
The Critical Analysis should be word processed in triplicate and must be of 3000-3500 words (not exceeding 10 pages) excluding appendices.
It must detail a professional project(s) or commission(s) with which the candidates have been intimately involved.
The Critical Analysis may include photograph, plans and other documents but they should be no larger than A4 size when folded and should be submitted as appendices
THE FINAL ASSESSMENT
PRESENTATION AND INTERVIEW
You should prepare to give a fifteen-minute presentation on the purpose, investigation and conclusions contained in your Critical Analysis.
Owing to the number of interviews to be held simultaneously presentation facilities at assessment centre are unlikely to match the best available in members’ offices and, for this reason, candidates should not rely on the use of an overhead projector with a laptop link being available for their presentation.
Candidates who wish to use a stand-alone laptop or PC may do so, if the format is appropriate for an audience of three. It is emphasized, however, that what is being assessed is candidates’ ability to communicate effectively, rather than their use of technology.
The interview will occupy the balance of the period with the panel and you will be questioned on:
· Matters arising from your presentation;
· Other matters from your Critical Analysis and Summary of Experience;
· Your professional development record, and the broader aspects of your experience and knowledge, including ethics, the NIQS Rules of Conduct and current issues of concern to the profession.
In making their assessment, the assessors will take an holistic view of your performance.
No one component of your final assessment will constitute a pass or fail.
A Counsellor shall be a Corporate and financial member of the NIQS who is not directly supervising the candidate on his day-to-day activities but who has been a counsellor to the candidates in his professional career and development.
POINTS TO WATCH
In addition to your written submission, you will make a fifteen-minute oral presentation of your Critical analysis as the first component of your interview. If your Critical Analysis contains more than one project, you must indicate which will be the subject of your presentation.
Candidates must ensure that they have their employer’s consent to the disclosure of the matters, which feature in their Summary of Experience and Critical Analysis. If you are unable to obtain this consent, you may disguise facts which otherwise make the project identifiable.
Extract from Journals, case law and other sources should not be quoted at length but essential references must be given.
Above all, your Critical Analysis and Summary of Experience must reflect candidates’ abilities in respect of:
· Written and graphic communication;
· Professional standards of organisation and presentation;
· Analysis, reflective thought and problem solving, and
· Learning from experience gained.
Candidates, Supervisors or Counsellors must certify that the Critical Analysis and Summary of Experience are candidate’s own unaided work and a true and faithful reflection of the candidates experience during the period of experience stated.