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The Professional "Expert's" Education and Training Requirements


Donal Lenihan

Department of Building & Construction, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


This paper will focus on issues relating to the education and training of professional practitioners (as opposed to recent graduates) in order to meet the project, service and business objectives. This paper will examine the relationship between the identification and implementation of education and training requirements as part of a professional practice skills audit.

The expansion of the quantity surveying profession, especially in the last decade, has been characterised by a shift from a measure and cost base to incorporate an increasingly diverse range of fields. This expansion has embraced a number of areas where the issues of formal education and training of participants has not been adequately addressed by educationalist. In particular, the expansion of the range of services offered brings the profession into competition with other professions whose education and training is closely aligned with international best practice. The introduction of competency standards for quantity surveyors provides an opportunity to accurate identify their skills status and align course content with both business and practitioners requirements.

  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000