CICES prides itself on its achievement as an internationally renowned centre of excellence in the art and science of civil engineering surveying to serve the public and satisfy the needs of the construction industry throughout the world. The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) began in 1969 as the Association of Surveyors in Civil Engineering and was incorporated in 1972.
CICES sought to encourage and regulate the professional aspirations of quantity surveyors and land surveyors working within the civil engineering sector and to increase the value of their services to the public. These surveyors had developed a distinctive expertise and understanding of the special surveying requirements of the civil engineering industry which was not recognised at that time by any of the existing professional bodies.Since its conception, CICES has gone from strength to strength with an ever-increasing membership and is now a registered educational charity promoting the profession throughout the world. In 1992, CICES became the first associated institution of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and together formed two joint boards to provide and disseminate surveying knowledge and expertise; the Geospatial Engineering Board and Commercial Management Board. CICES also has reciprocal membership agreements in place with the ICE.

CICES is a full member of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), which provides the international voice of the surveying profession to influence policies and professional standards. FIG promotes the profession throughout the world and encourages research, education and training excellence. ICES is also a member of the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) who promotes international knowledge sharing in the fields of quantity surveying, cost engineering and project management.