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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Chartered Surveyor

You’ve probably heard the term “chartered surveyor”, but do you know what it means? Most people probably have a vague idea that it has something to do with property and that you need to hire one when you buy a house. But apart from that not everyone is sure of exactly what they do. A surveyor and a chartered surveyor aren’t the same thing, although they are related. Surveying is a very diverse career involving offering advice on property, land and construction. The term “chartered surveyor” is a protected term (like “Doctor”), and only members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) can use it. So you can be a surveyor, but you’re not necessarily chartered.


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As mentioned before, surveying is very diverse. In fact, there are 17 different specialisms over the three sectors of property, land and construction. If you begin a career in surveying, you could end up doing anything from working on environmental issues to valuation or planning and development. But how do you reach the special status of a chartered surveyor? There are several straightforward routes into this career. Before you know it you could be working for yourself, using Griner and Schmitz surveying equipment rental for your chosen specialism.

Get an Accredited Degree

The first step towards becoming a chartered surveyor is getting the right qualifications. One way to do this is to do an accredited degree course. There are over 500 of these courses all over the world, so you could use the opportunity to travel and explore. You can start with a specialised course straight away, or you can do a related course and go on to do a postgraduate qualification. One example of a related course is geography. Once you have your degree, you can get a job as a trainee surveyor.


If you don’t fancy a degree, there’s also the option of earning as you learn. University costs are pretty high and could be getting higher, so an apprenticeship could be a good move. They aren’t as easy to find as degree courses, but they will save you a lot of money. There’s a charity set up to support young people who are struggling to start their career in surveying. It’s called the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, and they might be able to help you find an apprenticeship.

Become an Associate

Another option if you aren’t planning to go, or haven’t gone, to university is to use the associate scheme. This scheme allows you to use your work-based experience or vocational qualifications. You can go through an “associate assessment” to demonstrate your competence. Or choose “associate direct entry”. This route is suitable if you have a qualification approved by the RICS or are a member of a recognized professional body.

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

The final step is to complete the APC to become a member of the RICS. This qualification involves practical experience and training and is what makes you a chartered surveyor. Once you’re a member, your job could take you all over the world. Join a company and work your way up the ranks or set up your own business.


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