Quantity surveying (QS) HND and degree courses in Sri Lanka

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Quantity surveyor (QS) is one of the professional advisors to the construction industry. Quantity surveyors are employed on major building and construction projects working closely with architects. They may also work as academics in the building and construction disciplines and in financial institutions, with developers and as project managers. With rapidly developing economy this career has become one of the important, highly respected and well paid professions. The job market for this profession is growing day by day. In Sri Lanka there are lot of ongoing construction and lot of constructions to come. This has been a great opportunity to young people to think and start their carrier as a quantity surveyor.

In Sri Lankan construction field they expect quantity surveyors to be well educated and experienced. In Sri Lanka there are good and well recognized courses to become a qualified quantity surveyor. Below I have mentioned about the recognized courses and institutions to start your studies to become a respected quantity surveyor.

Advanced Construction and Training Acadamy (ACTA)

ACTA was established consequent to a budget proposal in the year 2005 by the Government of Sri Lanka, with public & private sector partnership to serve the construction industry sector. It is registered with the Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission as a training provider which they give NVQ qualifications and it is also affiliated to the Northumbria University UK, and is a EDEXCEL BTech Registered Center.

They offer two courses in QS:
Quantity Surveying (Part Time ACTA Level 5) – Six months full-time course in English medium, which costs Rs 90,000, You get National Diploma at the end of the course.
Quantity Surveying (Part Time-ACTA Level 6) – 18 Months part-time course conducted on Sundays in English medium, which costs Rs 90,000. You get Higher National Diploma at the end of this course.

Career Pathway at ACTA from A/L to Diploma and Degree

Career Pathway at ACTA from A/L to Diploma and Degree

After ACTA level 6 you can follow degree program from Northumbria University UK.

Contact - Advanced Construction Training Academy, 350A, “Idikireem Medura”, Pannipitiya Road, Pelawatta, Battaramulla
TELE: 0094-115672278, 0094-112786508 EMAIL: info@acta.edu.lk

Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT)

This institution is well known for quantity surveying. This is situated in Pita Kotte. This institution is focusing their studies on the construction. For They conduct a HND course in quantity surveying which is recognized and approved by IQSSL. This is a three year course with theory and practical components, which costs around Rs.234,000. CSCT maintains the quality of the program with the partnership of EDEXCEL. After completing this three year course you can become a recognized quantity surveyor by IQSSL.

After completing the Diploma course you can continue to do the degree at CSCT. They offer four year BSc (Hons) degree program in Quantity Surveying, offered in affiliation with University of Salford Manchester UK, which costs around Rs 800,000.

Contact: Colombo School of Construction Technology, 48, Talawathugoda Road, Pita Kotte.
Tel: 011-288-5932 / 011-288-5933. Email: contact@csct.edu.lk

International College of business and Technology (ICBT)

ICBT has wide chain in Sri Lanka and has a great history of 12 years. ICBT also conducts the same HND course in quantity surveying. Course duration is 2 years with 6 months training period, which costs Rs.260,000. They also offer two degree programs in this field.

  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, accredited by Liverpool John Moores University in UK, which is a 2 year and 2 months program
  • BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying & Construction Management accredited by Sheffield Hallam University in UK, which is a 2 1/2 year program.

If you start from the begining for Higher National Diploma and degree program both cost more than Rs 1 million.

Contact: International College of Business & Technology (ICBT), 31 & 33, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia
Telephone: 011-421-0021 / 077-3457552 Email: icbtinfo@icbtcampus.edu.lk

British College of Applied Studies (BCAS)

This is another popular institution for higher studies situated in Colombo 6. This institution is conducting the same UK approved BTEC HND in Quantity Surveying.

This course is based on 18 moths program with three month industrial training. They have the facilities for students to continue with the degree in Sri Lanka or transfer option to the University of Wolverhampton.

For the 18 months HND they charge Rs.268,000 and to continue with the degree students have to pay extra Rs 500,000.

Contact>: BCAS City Campus, 256/2, Galle Road Colombo-06,
Tel +94 (0) 112 364465 Email: admissions@bcas.lk

Quantity surveying (QS) courses and degrees at Technical Colleges

Technical colleges also offer free  Diploma and degree level NVQ qualifications in Quantity surveying and other courses relating to Building and Construction industry.



About the author / 

Hashan Subasingha

20 years old. Civil engineering student at ICBT. Facebook username is hashan.subasingha.


  1. Dinushika September 12, 2014 at 4:46 pm - 

    what are the ICTAD QS courses?

  2. fahmy August 26, 2014 at 8:33 am - 

    What about qs in kandy?:…do kandy have any institute for qs?,,

  3. zan August 9, 2014 at 6:19 am - 

    i want join the QS diploma
    coarse in your institute.how join
    this.please let me know the fees
    and duration of the coarse.

  4. L.A.Kuruppu July 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm - 

    I have being completed diploma in quantity surveying from University of vocational Technology. Can I follow the degree programme form ICBT

  5. Darshika July 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm - 

    Please let me know the fees and duration this couse?

  6. viraj July 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm - 

    Please let me know the fees,details and duration of the Qs couse,How can i join?

  7. lakshan June 27, 2014 at 9:38 pm - 

    am I do the qs couse in online plz tell me.

  8. ramees June 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm - 

    what are the qualifications for the QS cources?please let me know fees and duration of course.

  9. ahmad May 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm - 

    I have been working as a draftsman in a civil engineering field for 2 years.
    I have knowledge & experience in preparing bill of quantities and estimation.
    I would like to fellow a QS course with in short period of time.
    is there any courses with government approved certificate?

  10. Marlon May 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm - 

    I’m 34. Am I too old to start a career as a qs?

  11. Nesith Madubasha April 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm - 

    i want join the QS diploma coarse in your institute.how join this.please let me know the fees and duration of the coarse.

  12. I.L.M.Rahique April 21, 2014 at 8:56 pm - 

    Wanna start a QS course how can I join?? And what are the procedures?

  13. irfan February 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm - 

    I want to continue my higher studies after a/l qs. I hope 2 follow this course in british college or city & guilds. Please inform me the best choice with describing above the institute.

  14. Kamatila December 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm - 

    In our knowledge the University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC) has produced a several batches of National Diploma Holder (NDQS) Quantity Surveyors. NDQS Alumni are already employed in the Middle East and Sri Lanka.
    Now, their modified course syllabus which is designed by top level national and international industry professionals with the participation of IQSSL, has now been accepted for NVQ#5 and 6.
    As evident this government university delivers a one of the best quality oriented programme as they are not financially motivated to produce QSs in mass-scale. The course is delivered by renowned highly qualified faculty lecturers with the years of first hand experience in the global arena. The evaluation criteria (both assignment and examination) secure the market recognition. They are highly demanded in the national and globule Constructions industry labour markets.
    NDQS holders will be privileged to be graduated with a QS degree from a Sri Lankan Government University which is a lifetime dream of any Sri Lankan. The course will be affordable to all practicing QSs as the fees will be reasonable and lesser than any private institute delivered QS degree course.
    Such properly qualified Sri Lankan Quantity Surveyors (SLQS) will protect the real brand value of SLQS.

  15. Silva February 3, 2013 at 9:31 pm - 

    What is the educational recognition that Iqssl gives for the students. They are conducting foundation, level 1,2 & 3 professionalexaminations. Is it equal for a bachelor degree.

  16. Naresan February 2, 2013 at 9:22 am - 

    This is helpful for student further studies.who ever can’t enter the university they can get succeed in life.

  17. wasantha gunawardana December 31, 2012 at 10:44 am - 

    This is a grate help for students who cannot enter university after AL with good results due to the competitiveness of the exam. Enter a university is not the only way to succeed your future career.

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