FIG Peer Review Journal


Assessing Training Needs for Building Surveying Practitioners (4521)

Wing Yiu, Anthony Lai (Hong Kong SAR, China)
Mr. Wing Yiu, Anthony LAI
City University of Hong Kong
Division of Building Science And Technology
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue Kowloon
Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China
Corresponding author Mr. Wing Yiu, Anthony LAI (email: bswylai[at], tel.: + 852-27888588)

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Published on the web 2010-01-14
Received 2009-11-19 / Accepted 2010-01-14
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Congress 2010
ISBN 978-87-90907-87-7 ISSN 2308-3441


Over the past ten years, tertiary education in Hong Kong has changed from elite to mass education system. Each year there will be a large numbers of surveying budding graduates entering the surveying market. A total of more than 80 sub-degree building surveying or building related graduates in Hong Kong would become the new blood of the technical personnel joining this market. Adequate and appropriate training are essential to upkeep their knowledge and skills to meet the changing and competitive market demand. The training participants should have a heightened desire to learn when the training to be provided is a good match to their needs. This study is initiated with an aim to identify the importance of various training areas from the perception of the Hong Kong building surveying practitioners in technical level. They are selected for this study because they have been graduated from the sub‐degree programme for a few years and have become the frontline personnel to ensure quality of works. This study will adopt a self‐evaluation approach which consists of a questionnaire survey on the respondents to base on their own experience to assess their level of importance on a list of selected training variables on a seven point scale. These training variables will be selected based on the training requirements for the building surveying practitioners of the Hong Kong Institute Surveyors (HKIS) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The importance ratings of the responses will help prioritize the training areas which are considered to have the urgent needs. After statistical analysis, the most important training areas which should obtain prompt attention from the training or education providers will be identified. The expected outcome would serve as a feedback information for either the building surveying companies in Hong Kong to provide suitable on‐job training to their employees or for the training and education organizations to formulate training programmes to be more attractive for potential training participants, the building surveying practitioners.
Keywords: Education; training needs; building surveying