RICS Built Infrastructure Pathway will certify surveyors’ competency in skills including project and cost management, project finance, and BIM

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RICS has launched a specialist infrastructure qualification in response to the increasing importance of infrastructure projects in the construction market.

The RICS Built Infrastructure Pathway will certify surveyors’ competency in a number of skills including general project and cost management; project finance; use of BIM; infrastructure technology; and asset management.

Alan Muse, director of built environment at RICS said there was “growing pressure” on the industry to “deliver an increasing number of crucial infrastructure projects on time and in budget”.

He said: “This is particularly true in the UK where much of the existing transport, energy, water and wastage services are in dire need of addressing, not to mention the mounting pressure on the government to successfully deliver HS2.

“It is vital that professionals with the correct specialised skills are employed on infrastructure projects if these targets are to be reached.”

Jim McCluskey, senior commercial manager at Taylor Woodrow Construction, part of Vinci, said he would be “actively encouraging” the quantity surveyors in his firm to enrol in the programme.

He added: “Through its new qualification, RICS offers infrastructure professionals a much needed culmination of the latest sector knowledge and techniques, filling a gap in the market.”