Registered Membership

Registered membership is for those Transitional 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 (APC). 


Candidate Requirements for Final APC Interview

 Candidate should have:

  • Completed all 14 Core Training Modules AND achieved 70% or more in all core module exams
  • Completed the prescribed Transitional Period
  • Completed Core Role Achievement Report
  • Completed CPD Diary
  • Provide Mentor Reporting where applicable



Final APC Interview

The interview will assess the building surveying core work roles that the candidate has undertaken to evaluate readiness for being granted Registered Membership.

Transitional Members will be asked to provide the following material to support their application for the 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, letter(s) 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 represent 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.
  • Current RICS online ethics examination completion certificate.

On receipt of an application and supporting information, the application is vetted and submitted to the NZIBS Executive Member Chair for review.

Once the review has been completed and the application is accepted, 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 (where possible) 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 time required before being allowed to re-sit the Final Interview.

Apply for Registered Membership