Career Development Opportunities for Quantity Surveyor Professionals in Canada

Posted by Daria Tkach, Senior Recruitment Consultant on Sunday, May 19, 2024

Relocating to Canada for a Quantity Surveyor job can be the start of a rewarding long-term career. This blog will discuss the potential for career growth within the Canadian construction industry, including opportunities for further education, professional qualifications and specialization.

Professional Accreditation and Licensing

In Canada, professional accreditation and licensing play an important role in establishing credibility and competence in the construction field. Quantity Surveyors, Cost Consultants, Cost Managers and other construction industry professionals can pursue accreditation through organizations such as the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Obtaining such professional qualifications can enhance career prospects and open your doors to a broader range of opportunities.

Additionally, professional qualifications might be required to rise through the employment ranks with your future employer. For example, I am currently hiring for two senior management positions in Montreal – Associate Director Cost Planning and Director Loan Monitoring. Both require PQS or Member RICS (MRICS) credentials.

Continued Education and Professional Development

Continuous learning is essential for career advancement in any field, and the construction industry is no exception. Quantity Surveyor professionals can benefit from various professional development programs, seminars, and workshops by industry associations, academic institutions, and professional bodies. Staying up to date with industry trends, regulations, and best practices is key to maintaining relevance and competitiveness in this tough job market.

Specialization and Advanced Training

The Canadian construction industry includes a wide range of sectors, from commercial and residential to infrastructure and renewable energy projects. QS professionals can choose to specialize in niche areas such as cost estimating, project management, or sustainable construction practices. Becoming a specialist can boost your marketability and optimise your chances of securing the best employment opportunities available.

Leadership and Management Roles

Once Quantity Surveyors gain more experience and expertise, they could transition into leadership or management roles within cost consultancy firms or construction companies. Leadership positions such as Senior Quantity Surveyor, Associate Director, or Director of Cost Management offer opportunities to oversee projects, mentor junior staff, and contribute to strategic decision-making processes.

Currently, I have an urgent requirement for a Director of Cost Management in Toronto, Ontario. This is an amazing opportunity for an experienced Senior Quantity Surveyor to take their career to the next level with a premium consultancy. The role primarily consists of managing a team, business development in Toronto and technical work.

Maxim Recruitment is a specialist construction recruiter servicing the Canadian Construction industry. We always have exciting permanent construction job vacancies for good calibre Quantity Surveyors and Cost Managers at every level of seniority.

If you are a Quantity Surveyor interested in relocating to Canada, please apply with your updated CV to the most suitable job on the Maxim website.

Alternatively, you can submit your CV for consideration here.

Daria Tkach
Daria Tkach
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Maxim Recruitment

Daria is a Senior Recruitment Consultant with day-to-day responsibility for researching, shortlisting, contacting, and interviewing premium construction industry candidates. Daria works with our UK team to help construction industry jobseekers into exciting new construction jobs with our market leading employer clients. Daria also covers the Canadian market as part of her international recruitment responsibilities. Her focus is on Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and other major cities in Canada.