Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions.
This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.
Building surveyors work in most real estate markets including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, leisure, education and health.
Consequently, there are a wide variety of opportunities for building surveyors to work in both the commercial, private, and public sectors. Many building surveyors work for property consultancies, public sector organisations, real estate owning clients and contractors as well as in a number of specialist niche areas such as insurance, rights to light, party wall matters, etc.
As well as strong technical skills, building surveyors need to have strong people skills and the highest levels of integrity. Clients, whether a large corporation or an individual member of the public, need to have the utmost confidence in the impartial advice given by building surveyors.
Building surveyors are clearly differentiated from the rest of their market by their enhanced technical knowledge and professional standards.
The pathway guide should be used in conjunction with the core assessment documentation which is available on the RICS website and comprises of:
- Requirements and Competencies guide
- Candidate guide for your RICS assessment e.g. APC, Academic, Senior Professional, Specialist
- Counsellor guide.
RICS also offers a Building Surveying pathway as part of the Associate Assessment. For further details please go to rics.org/associate or download the Associate documents on this page.
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