Become an NZIBS member

Applications for membership of the New Zealand Institute of Building Surveyors (NZIBS) are open to anyone who is studying in the construction industry, or holders of, professional construction industry qualifications in fields such as building surveying, architecture, engineering, quantity surveying, construction management, building sciences etc.

Membership applications are also open to those with a significant degree of experience in the construction industry and in building surveying without necessarily having formal professional qualifications.

The NZIBS has one class of full membership, registered membership, which entitles the holder to call themselves a Registered Building Surveyor. Registered membership is for those members who actively practice as building surveyors in New Zealand and have satisfied the Institute that they meet the criteria for registration by completing the assessment of professional competence process.

Regulation 01 provides details of the process applicants must go through to achieve and retain registered membership status. Read the rules and regulations.

There are two main preliminary stages that applicants may go through to achieve registered membership status, these stages are:

  • Student membership
  • Transitional membership

Find out how to begin the journey to becoming a Registered Member or apply for membership now. 


Membership benefits

Industry promotion

NZIBS members operate with the highest degree of professionalism whilst adopting the Institute’s ethics and standards.

In turn, the Institute aims to promote and speak on our members’ behalf, presenting Registered Building Surveyors as industry leaders to the following key target audiences:

  • Organisations within the construction sector, including industry associations.
  • Institutional property owners.
  • Financial institutions.
  • The legal fraternity.
  • Government procurement agencies.
  • Territorial local authorities.
  • Educational institutions.
  • The public in general.
  • The media, as a channel to reach various audiences.

A couple of examples of this include:

  • NZCIC representation.
  • Regular meetings with MBIE in discussion around relevant acts and regulations.

NZIBS sends in regular submissions before parliament, where there are changes that relate to building legislation and standards or that implicate our members.


The NZIBS Core Module Training Programme covers areas such as building law, forensic investigation, building science, material performance, construction methods, building remediation, technical report writing and expert witness work.

A Diploma in Building Surveying – ISO9001:2015 (Level 6) is awarded to those who successfully pass all of the 14 modules. A Certificate in Residential Property Inspections ISO9001:2015 is also available to those who are looking to upskill and work towards a formal qualification.

The Institute has appointed sub-committees amongst the Executive who assist with the development of our training and membership.

Find out more about our training and qualifications.


All members receive a Journal, which is published quarterly to provide engaging technical content and industry updates. NZIBS Registered, Transitional and Student Members also have access to technical resources such as guidance documents and templates which can be found on the resources page following log in.


At the NZIBS Annual Awards Dinner in September, we offer three special categories of Awards being NZIBS Excellence in Building Surveying, NZIBS Best in Class and the NZIBS Service Recognition Award. These special awards are where we recognise individuals or team efforts within the building surveying industry or from our training.

During the awards night, newly Registered Members will be presented with their NZIBS membership certificates, and the NZIBS Diploma in Building Surveying ISO9001 will be awarded to those individuals who have completed their NZIBS Core Module training under the accreditation.

Networking, events and sponsors

Regular networking functions are held in four main centres being Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch. We run two large events in the year, the March Training Day in Auckland and the Annual Conference and AGM in September. The location of our Annual Conference changes each year and during the conference we run extra activities such as the NZIBS Annual Golf Tournament and sponsored workshops.

We host several CPD roadshow events over the course of the year which anyone is welcome to attend. These events provide good information and a chance to meet your colleagues in the industry. All CPD activities merit CPD points. 1 hour = 1 CPD point.

NZIBS sponsors provide fabulous support, where they actively attend and network at the March Training Day and the Annual Conference each year. They also provide regular articles which are provided in our publications.

Find out more about our training and events.

Chapter co-ordinators in your local area

Our chapter co-ordinator’s works with both new members and existing, to help establish networks and promote CPD events that are designed to offer professional development through mixing technical knowledge and networking.

Contact your local chapter co-ordinator.

Membership privileges

Members receive their annual practicing certificates after completion of CPD and declaration, and payment of annual fees. With this also comes the Membership Discount Card, permitting discounts from retailers such as Bunnings, Noel Leeming and Office Max.


Annual membership subscriptions (1 July – 30 June)

Student Membership – No charge*
Transitional Membership – $600.00 + GST
Registered Membership – $875.00 + GST
Retired Members – 10% of the registered membership + GST

* Conditions apply

Become a Member

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Pathway to Registered Membership

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Member application forms

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NZIBS membership rules & regulations

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