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A step-by-step guide to becoming a Chartered Surveyor

Have you been wondering about a career as a Chartered Surveyor? This skilled, highly respected profession offers a range of opportunities, specialisms, and routes for progression. It could just be your calling.

Whether you already hold a degree or not, we are here to help you visualise your route to success…

What is a Chartered Surveyor?

A Chartered Surveyor is distinct from a surveyor in that the former has a high level of experience, holds recognised qualifications, and are regulated by the RICS (The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). They must undertake continued professional development to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

Chartered Surveyors’ jobs vary significantly depending on the specialism of the individual. However, some roles include:

  • Providing accurate property valuations
  • Advising on construction and environmental issues
  • Professionally examining buildings for structural defects/other issues
  • Collecting information on boundaries, buildings, and natural/man-made features
  • Reporting on the possible impact of building works
  • Managing building projects in respect of contractual relationships between those involved
  • Reporting on construction projects’ finances

How to become a Chartered Surveyor

Chartered Surveyors are respected around the world for their knowledge, professionalism, and integrity. In a nutshell, ‘Chartered’ status means the individual is a member of the RICS. To gain membership, you must first:

  • Gain qualifications
  • Accrue experience
  • Pass an assessment e.g. The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

How to become a Chartered Surveyor with a degree

Your path to your chosen career could begin by first studying a relevant degree. There are 1200+ RICS-accredited courses in disciplines such as:

  • Surveying
  • Civil/building engineering
  • Construction

If you hold a degree in another subject, you could opt to study a relevant post-graduate course leading to a RICS-accredited master’s degree/postgraduate diploma. Professionals who opt for this route bring a broad mindset and a variety of skills they may never have known would be valuable in the surveying world.

“I read political science as an undergraduate, so the jump to property was seen to be outlandish. My political background, however, has consistently proven to be a good foundation. I opted for an MSc in Real Estate Management as I was confident it would equip me with the skills and knowledge to succeed.” Sahar Rezazedeh, Senior Commercial Surveyor, CBRE[i]

How to become a Chartered Surveyor without a degree

If you do not hold a relevant degree, an apprenticeship is an excellent route into surveying. You will be immediately working in your chosen profession while gaining respected qualifications at the same time.

Surveyor apprenticeships at a glance:

  • Paid work (30+ hours per week)
  • Study at the same time
  • Open to anyone aged 16+
  • Leads to a respected, relevant qualification
  • Advanced apprenticeship: 2-4 years to complete, requires 5 GCSEs grades 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent), leads to a Level 3 or Level 4 Diploma
  • Degree apprenticeship: 3-6 years to complete, requires 4 GCSEs grades 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent), plus 3 A Levels
  • Chartered Surveyor apprenticeships: 5 years to complete (for undergraduates)

Apprenticeships are a fantastic route into the industry. If you have been wondering how to become a building surveyor or property surveyor, this could be your calling.

People should consider an apprentice route: it’s an exciting path that prepares you for a successful career. Within four months, I was managing subcontractors, making payment assessments, and forecasting remaining works. You can’t get this through education alone.” Louise Verney, Quantity surveying apprentice, Balfour Beatty.[ii]

Becoming a Chartered Surveyor

Surveyors can only apply for assessment to achieve Chartered status once they have met one of the following criteria:

  • A RICS accredited degree and 2-5 years relevant experience
  • A bachelor’s degree (not necessarily RICS accredited) and 5 years of relevant experience
  • 10 years relevant senior/executive experience e.g. with advanced skills or teaching/researching at the university level

If your application for assessment is accepted, you must then pass your chosen Chartered Assessment route to achieve Chartered status. You will then be required to continue professional development to maintain your status for the duration of your career as a Chartered Surveyor.

Trinity Rose Chartered Surveyors

Our team of experienced Chartered Surveyors carry out a variety of specialist tasks depending on the project. No two days are the same, yet we approach every day with the same high level of professionalism and dedication.

Hopefully, you now know how to become a property surveyor or building surveyor, and how to go on and achieve Chartered status. At Trinity Rose, we have personally followed the paths above and have become the trusted professionals of choice for our valued clients. Please get in touch if you have any questions.

 

[i] https://www.rics.org/surveyor-careers/how-to-become-a-surveyor/university-surveying-courses [Accessed 30/10/23]

[ii] https://www.rics.org/surveyor-careers/how-to-become-a-surveyor/surveying-apprenticeships [Accessed 30/10/23]