As a profession, Assistant Quantity Surveyor began in the 19th century. Before this time the term ‘Measurer’ was used. This person was a specialist tradesman, most likely belonging to a Guild.
The Assistant Quantity Surveyor would prepare schedules based on standard measures for building projects including materials, labour and other items necessary for construction.
This quote was then compared with other tenders to find the best price versus quality of job.
As an institution the RICS has a long history, the main dates of which are outlined below.
- 1792 Surveyors Club
- 1834 Land Surveyors Club
- 1868 Institution of Surveyors
- 1881 Granted a Royal Charter
- 1891 Compulsory Examinations for membership
- 1921 George V gives Royal Patronage
- 1930 Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Coat of Arms with motto ‘Est modus in rebus’ (There is measure in all things)
- 1973 Tests of Professional Competence became mandatory
- 2006 RICS reaches 125 years holding a Royal Charter.
Other related roles that may be of interest:
Building Control Surveyor
Town Planning Support Staff