Chartered building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction, from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions.

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Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. This varied workload can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.

There are a wide variety of opportunities for chartered building surveyors to work in the commercial, private and public sectors. Some chartered building surveyors work for property-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 excellent people skills and the highest levels of integrity. Clients, whether a large corporation or a individual member of the public, need to have the utmost confidence in the impartial advice given by chartered building surveyors.

Chartered building surveyors are clearly differentiated from the rest of their market by their enhanced technical knowledge and professional standards. Achieving the chartered status will enhance your professional status with employers and clients alike leading to more and varied employment opportunities.

Important note

You must use this guide in conjunction with the core APC documentation, which consists of:

  • APC Requirements and competencies guide
  • APC Candidate guide
  • APC Counsellor guide 

The Associate pathway guide and submission template is available for download on the right hand side. Please use this guide in conjunction with the RICS Associate Candidate Guide.

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