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Competencies

  • Applicants for membership must be able to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the institution's competency requirements.
  • All applicants must cover general, core (either commercial or gerospatial) plus their chosen specialist competencies.
  • Competencies must be met with and signed off by the applicant's supervisor.
  • Having the competency documents signed off does not automatically mean that the candidate will be accepted as a member, but it is an essential part of the application process.

  • CICES recommends Built Intelligence and Driver Trett as a provider of training courses for commercial managers.
  • CICES recommends The Survey School as a provider of training courses for geospatial engineers.
  • CICES recommends Blue Hat and CSTA Global as a provider of utilities and subsurface mapping training.

Please read the guides below when preparing your application. If you would like any of the competencies in Word format please contact the membership team membership@cices.org

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Quick Guide to the Competencies 

Quick Guide to the Narrative 

Quick Guide to the Optimum Standards 


General Competencies

General Competencies 


Core Competencies

Core Geospatial Engineering Competencies 

Core Commercial Management Competencies (Estimating) 

Core Commercial Management Competencies (Quantity Surveying) 

Core Commercial Management Competencies (Planning) 

Core Commercial Management Competencies (Project Management) 

Core Commercial Management Competencies (Cost Engineering) 


Specialist Competencies

Specialist Land Surveying Competencies 

Specialist Engineering Surveying Competencies 

Specialist Geospatial Information Systems Competencies 

Specialist Geospatial Information Management Competencies 

Specialist Hydrographic Competencies 

Specialist Utilities Sub-Surface Mapping Competencies 

Specialist Estimating Competencies

Specialist Quantity Surveying Competencies 

Specialist Planning Competencies 

Specialist Project Management Competencies

Specialist Cost Engineering Competencies


Specialist Competencies (core competencies not required for these specialisms)

Construction Law

Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Procurement Engineering 


Fellow Attributes

Fellow Attributes 


Please add the following documents to complete your application

Experience Report (Except for Accelerated Routes to membership)

Detailed CV

Record of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Principal Sponsor Form

Application or Upgrade Form

Application or Upgrade Fee