Purpose of the Graduate Member Qualifying Examinations (GMQE)

The GMQE is an outcome of a special resolution by the IQSSL membership at an EGM in 2013.

The GMQE is an assessment of Quantity Surveying knowledge and skills expected from a Graduate Member of IQSSL to work as a Graduate Quantity Surveyor.

Candidates for GMQE shall be Sri Lankan Citizens over 21 years of age by the closing date of applications, possessing Bachelor Degree qualifications in Quantity Surveying and not less than 1 year post qualifying experience in approved employment in the field of Quantity Surveying.

Call for applications are notified in institute notices page.

GMQE Examination Venue and Schedule page will be updated once an examination is scheduled.

Results of Graduate Member Qualifying Examination are published on the Examination Results Page.



OGMQE consists of a written examination(s) followed by an oral examination. The examiners will evaluate the written component and invite only the successful candidates, who have obtained more than 40 percent for each written examination module for the oral examination.

To pass the GMQE, a candidate shall obtain 40 percent for each of the seven(07) modules listed below in one and the same sitting with an overall average mark of 50 percent.

  • GMQE 101 : Advanced Building Measurement
  • GMQE 102 : Civil Engineering Measurement
  • GMQE 103 : Contract Management
  • GMQE 104 : Construction Economics
  • GMQE 105 : Construction Law
  • GMQE 106 : Construction Technology
  • GMQE 107 : Project Planning & Control

Pass mark for GMQE 108: Quantity Surveying Practice module is 50 percent. Candidates who score less than 50 percent in this module will get two more attempts.


The medium of written/oral examinations shall be English.



The non-refundable registration fee for the GMQE is Rs 15,000 and the non-refundable examination fee is Rs 50,000. Fees are subject revision.


Application Forms:

Download application form in Word (docx) format or in PDF format here.


Application Submission

The duly filled application along with the application processing feeof Rs.3,000s hall reach the IQSSL Secretariat, The Professional Centre, No. 275/75, Prof. Stanley WijesundaraMawatha, Colombo 7 on or before Application Closing Date notified. The application processing fee can be paid at the IQSSL Secretariat or could be deposited in the Commercial Bank, Boralla Branch, Account No.:1208409001 in favor of Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka. Please state your name with initials in the reference box of the Pay-in-Slip. Please retain a copy of the pay-in-slip for your own records and submit the original along with the application.


Examination Instructions to Candidates

The qualified candidates will receive Admission Cards for the examination. The candidates are required to bring their National Identity Card with the Admission Card attested by a Corporate Member of IQSSL, Attorney-at-Law or Justice of Peace for all the examination modules.

Candidates sitting for the examinations must be present at the stated venue at stipulated time.

Candidates will not be admitted into the examination venue 30 minutes after the commencement of the examination.


Module Outline

GMQE 101: Advanced Building Measurement

Preparation of BOQ for Buildings; Writing Preambles and General notes, taking off quantities in accordance with SLS 573 –[Preliminaries, Concrete and Steel Frame Structures, Finishes, Carpentry and Joinery, Above Ground and Below Ground Drainage, Plumbing, Electrical and Air Conditioning Work, Communication and Telecommunication, Fire Protection and Detection and Security systems].

Candidates shall carry an unmarked copy of SLS 573:1999 into the examination hall.

GMQE 102: Civil Engineering Measurement

Preparation of BOQ for Civil Engineering works; Writing Preambles and General notes, taking off quantities in accordance with CESMM –[Preliminaries, Demolition and Site clearance, Earth works, Concrete, Pipe work, Piles, Tunneling, Roads, and Structural Steel, and Railway.

Candidates shall carry an unmarked copy of CESSM 4 into the examination hall.

GMQE 103: Contract Management

Documents Forming the Contract, Standard Forms of Contracts, Comparative Interpretation of Contract Conditions, Amendments to Standard Conditions, Contract administration, interim valuations, variations, fluctuations, Extra work, construction claims, Insurance : CAR, CER, WCI, Delay Damages & Penalties, Final Accounts, Construction Auditing

Provisional Sums, Prime Cost Sums, Day Works, Price Escalation & Calculation of Input Percentages, Retention,

Management of Sub Contractors and Suppliers: Associated Procurement Documentation and Responsibilities, Variations, Commitment to Performance, Contract Agreements, Purchase Order and Acceptance.

GMQE 104: Construction Economics

Construction Industry and its Stakeholders , RIBA Plan of Work, Characteristics of the Construction Industry, Significance of Construction In The National Economy, Introduction to Demand and Supply for Construction, Role of Government in Construction

Design Economics: Morphology, Design Factors Incorporating to Engineering Services, Modular Coordination and Buildability

Development appraisal and feasibility studies cost benefit analysis, life cycle costing, risk analysis and value management.

Process of Cost Planning, Cost Control and Cost Reporting, Preliminary Estimating Techniques, Cost Analysis

GMQE 105: Construction Law

Components of Legal Systems, Sources of Law

Law of Contract: Elements,Contents and Discharge of Contracts, Remedies for Breach of Contracts Special Types of Contracts for Construction

Law of Delict: Components and General Principles of the Law of Delict, Breach of Duty of Care and Negligence, Professional Negligence, Vicarious Liability and Strict Liability, General defences of Delict, Remedies for Delict

Sources of Disputes, Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods: Mediation, Conciliation, Adjudication, Arbitration

Arbitration: Procedure, Act, Enforcement Foreign Arbitral Awards, Expert Evidence

GMQE 106: Construction Technology

Surveying and Levelling, Site and Soil Investigations

Interpretation of Architectural, Structural, Services Drawings and Specification Notes

Construction of Elements Related to Domestic Structures: Foundations, Floors, Walls, Roofs, Partitions, Doors & Windows, Stair Cases, Finishes and Fittings, External works

Multi-Storey Structures and Industrial Buildings: Concrete Frame Construction, Non-Load Bearing Walls - Curtain Walls, Claddings, Steel Frame Construction, Tall Building Structures, Systems Building and Industrialization

Concrete Production, Testing Curing, Durability and Defects

GMQE 107: Project Planning & Control

Project planning techniques, cash flow forecasting and monitoring, site layout planning, material management, plant management, human resource management, Quality Management, Progress monitoring, factors influencing development.

GMQE 108: Quantity Surveying Practice

Quantity Surveying Practice (10 minutes presentation followed by a 20 minutes viva-voce)

The Candidates are expected to address their work experience after graduation in the presentation. The viva-voce would be based on the Quantity Surveying Competencies.