As a self-employed Quantity Surveyor, the NZES qualification I gained recently was instrumental in keeping me up-to-date with my skills and give me a competitive edge over my peers. Because the course is based online, I was able to work at my own pace out of work hours, when and where it suited me. And as I run my own business, I was able to ask my tutor questions that related directly to my business, which he happily answered. The modules I completed were relevant to my line of work, and after completing the course I’m able to offer potential and existing clients improved services, while also focusing on and improving my business and what I can offer. Since completing the course and gaining new skills, I’ve been able to gain new clients, and have also been able to increase my hourly rate for these new clients.