Pathway to Registered Membership

 If you are thinking about joining NZIBS as a new member, please take a few minutes to consider the following 12 questions:

  1. Are you currently working as, or have experience as a building surveyor?
  2. Are you a member of another construction industry professional body? (e.g. RICS, NZIQS, NZIA)
  3. Do you have a construction related university degree?
  4. Do you have a non-construction related university degree?
  5. Do you have a construction related trade qualification? (e.g. Trade certificate)
  6. Do you have construction industry experience?
  7. Do you know a practicing Registered Building Surveyor?
  8. Are you computer literate, with good English language skills?
  9. Are you currently studying for a construction related qualification or degree?
  10. Do you have secondary education (school) qualifications?
  11. Do you have a clean record? (i.e. Never been declared bankrupt or convicted of a criminal offence)
  12. Are you legally able to work in New Zealand?

If you have answered yes to six or more of the above questions, you may be ready to apply for membership to the NZIBS. There are two main preliminary stages that applicants may go through to achieve registered membership status, these stages being student membership and transitional membership.


Student membership

Student membership is open to all those currently studying for a construction related qualification. Student membership is not open to those that are in full time employment.

When a Student Member starts working full time they must relinquish their student membership and apply for transitional membership if they wish to remain within the Institute.

Membership application forms.


Transitional membership

If you are successful in your membership application, which may involve participating in an interview, you will be offered transitional membership.

This is a preliminary stage of membership for those that apply for and are in the process of completing requirements to become a full Registered Member.  Once a transitional member of NZIBS you will be provided with valuable information contained in our Welcome Pack.  This new membership information pack summarises what you need to do next and how to become a registered member of the NZIBS.

Transitional members must be actively practicing as building surveyors in New Zealand and must complete the Institute’s assessment of professional competence process to progress to registered membership.

Period of transitional membership

Except at the discretion of the Executive, the minimum period of transitional membership is 18 months and the maximum period is five (5) consecutive years from the date of acceptance.

From 1st June 2015, if your five (5) calendar years of transitional membership has lapsed you will need to be reassessed and this may mean that you need to be re‐interviewed.

Please note: As an NZIBS Transitional Member you cannot use the NZIBS logo, communicate or list this as a qualification and must abide by Regulation 1 (membership) in this regard. Only Registered Members can use the Institute’s initials/logo. Student, Transitional and Retired Members are not entitled to use the Institute initials. If you take up transitional membership, you must arrange a mentor to guide and support you or we can help find a mentor for you while completing your NZIBS career pathway to becoming an NZIBS Registered member.

Mentoring options for Transitional Members

Option 1: Internal mentoring within an organisation with two or more NZIBS Registered Members

This option applies when you are part of a larger organisation where there are two or more NZIBS Registered Members working for the same organisation who will support you through your transitional membership.

Note: Should you leave this organisation, you will need to immediately advise NZIBS which of the below mentoring options relates to you.

Option 2: Sole practitioner or Transitional Member within an organisation with less than two NZIBS Registered Members  

Nominate a NZIBS Registered Building Surveyor as your Individual Mentor for the duration of your transitional membership period.

Note: Mentors should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience as a Registered Building Surveyor and be able to demonstrate that they have a broad range of experience of core building surveying skills. The mentor will need to provide a letter of support confirming that they will mentor you through the duration of your transitional membership.

To find out more about please take a moment to read the NZIBS Individual Mentor Information Pack - designed specifically for supporting an NZIBS transitional member who is also a sole practitioner.

If you have any questions in relation to NZIBS membership please ring Ph: 0800 113 400 or email

 Membership application forms.


Applying for registered membership

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.

Upon achieving pass marks in all training modules (a pass mark of 70% or more must have been achieved in the core modules tests) and completion of the transitional period, work diary and mentor reporting, the applicant will be entitled to apply for the Final Interview.  The interview will assess the building surveying core work roles that the candidate has undertaken to evaluate readiness for being granted registration.

Transitional Members will be asked to provide the following material to support their application for Final Interview assessment:

  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Mentor reports (Transitional Members that are sole practitioners) or; where the applicant is supported in an organisation by two or more Registered Building Surveyors, a letter of approval is to be submitted.
  • Core Role Achievement Record Form signed by the applicant’s mentor.
  • CPD work diary.
  • Two typical technical reports that represents the kind of work that the applicant is engaged in.
  • PowerPoint type presentation of up to 10 minutes on the processes they followed to complete one of the reports provided, or a subsequent project they were involved with. The presentation should define the learning outcomes achieved from the project including issues that arose and items that the Transitional Member would handle differently if faced with the same issue in the future.
  • RICS online ethics examination completion certificate.

On receipt of an application and supporting information, the application is vetted and submitted to the NZIBS Executive membership panel for review. Once the review has been completed and the application is accepted by the membership panel, notification will be given to the applicant and they will be invited for the Final Interview.

The Final Interview will be held on a face-to-face basis and may cover any aspect of building surveying including information contained in the documentation provided by the Transitional Member. It will generally take the following form:

  • Introductions (5 mins).
  • Summary by the applicant of relevant work experience gained over the period as a Transitional Member (10 mins).
  • Power Point type presentation (10 mins).
  • Panel questions (35 mins).

Transitional Members shall be formally advised in writing of the result of this Final Interview within seven (7) working days and, if successful, they shall be granted registered membership. They will be issued with a first year practicing certificate, and will be listed as a Registered Member on the NZIBS website upon payment of fees.

Those who are not offered registered membership following the Final Interview will receive a written explanation as to why they were not successful and be provided with the recommendations of the interview panel. This may include the need for further study and/or work experience in specific areas of building surveying, and the minimum time before any later application by the Transitional Member for a further Final Interview.

 Membership application forms.


Retired Members

At the end of a member’s working life as a building surveyor, you can choose to become a Retired Member. Alternatively, for members that have made a significant contribution to the Institute over their working life, the member can be nominated as a Life Member, which may be endorsed by the general membership.