Environmental Surveying

Every chartered surveyor must consider the environmental factors within the parameters of their profession.


Environmental surveyors are specialists in all aspects of the management, monitoring and assessment of the environment in the context of real estate, land and construction. As experts, they are likely to be working in many areas, including environmental management, land use and contaminated land, environmental auditing and assessment.

Environmental surveyors are also involved in planning processes. Many planning/building permit applications require some form of environmental input either related to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or similar due diligence work.

Many other types of market exist in the day to day management of land and property. Environmental surveyors also need an in-depth knowledge of legislation, professional due diligence, insurance, investment and all sectors of risk management from groundwater pollution risk to pollution control within the air that we breathe.

There is huge demand and major opportunities for qualified environmental professionals due to a high media profile, coupled with demands on natural resources worldwide.

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.

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