How to become a surveyor

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICSMany people know The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS, the professional body that accredits professionals within the property sector,  enforcing the highest professional qualifications in the development and management of land, property, construction and infrastructure, but here’s a guide on how to become a surveyor.
In order to achieve an RICS qualification, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate surveying knowledge gained through both educational studies and industry experience.

You can choose either to:

  • Go to university and gain educational surveying qualifications. In this case, you can have your RICS accredited undergraduate degree by completing your A levels/Highers (or equivalent) and then with over 500 surveying degrees all over the world, you are bound to find the perfect one for you. When you have any undergraduate degree, then you can take an RICS accredited postgraduate masters degree to convert onto the surveying path.
  • Get into the world of work and gain industry experience. In this case, if you have GCSEs (or equivalent) you can apply for a Surveying Technician apprenticeship (currently only available in England) and gain a Diploma in Surveying (or equivalent) as well as the RICS Associate RICS qualification. If you have A levels (or equivalent) you can apply for a Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship  (currently only available in England) and gain a university degree as well as the RICS Chartered qualification (MRICS). You can also start work within the industry, either by finding a graduate surveyor vacancy or starting to work in the field of surveying and getting your employer to support you through your RICS qualification.

How to become a surveyor

RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS)

There are two different sets of eligibility criteria depending on your level of educational qualification:

  1. Education: Approved HND, HNC, NVQ3, BTEC or foundation degree
    Work Experience: Two years’ relevant experience
    RICS Assessment: Associate assessment and online ethics module
    Apprenticeship option: In the Surveying Technician apprenticeship you will undertake the education, experience and RICS assessment at the same time.
  2. Education: Relevant bachelor’s degree
    Work Experience: 12 months’ relevant experience
    RICS Assessment: Associate assessment and online ethics module

Read more: 5 Steps for your Qualification as Chartered Surveyor MRICS