The RICS pathways and competencies framework defines the knowledge, skills, experience and level of competence that are required to become a chartered surveyor.
To ensure that it is globally relevant and represents contemporary practice, RICS has conducted a long-term review of the framework, and in this issue of Building Control Journal, Chris Lindsay details what progress has been made on implementing the outcomes of review.
Meanwhile, Barry Cullen explains how RICS has been working with both employers and the government to develop two professional trailblazer apprenticeships in surveying, and in his article Alexander Aronsohn attests to the value of international standards.
Disputes also feature prominently in this issue; Laurence Cobb suggests that the best way to avoid these is to think about possible resolution procedures at the outset of a contract, while Alex Frame stresses the key role of the often-overlooked third surveyor in party walls disputes.
Elsewhere Daniel Oliver looks at tall buildings drainage, Behnaz Abedi explains how energy efficiency is inspiring increasingly innovative ways to meet U-value and PSI-value targets, and Andrew Whitaker argues that, although housing space standards are nationally described, there are plenty of barriers to their application.
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