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Building Surveyor Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as an Building Surveyor. This page details the following Information:-
  • Finding Suitable Work as an Building Surveyor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Building Surveyor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Building surveyors advise clients on the design and construction of new buildings and the maintenance, repair and renovation of existing ones. Their clients can vary from individual house owners to multinational companies.

The work involves surveying sites, measuring the buildings, checking and examining the condition of all types of residential and commercial property and using this information to draw up plans, reports and budgets.

Building surveyors supervise building projects from start to completion. Their work includes managing contracts, controlling budgets, monitoring the work being carried out and ensuring that the correct materials are being used. They advise clients on government legislation as well as the availability of grants.

They work closely with architects, planners, tenants and other professionals.

Hours and Environment

Building surveyors normally work office hours, Monday to Friday. Evening and weekend work may be possible. Building surveyors are office-based, although the work involves outdoor site visits in all types of weather. The buildings they inspect may be derelict, damp or dusty.

Building surveyors spend a lot of their time walking around inspecting properties, which may also involve climbing and bending. The work may involve trips away from home; a driving licence is often required.

Skills and Interests

To be a building surveyor you will need:

  • the ability to solve problems of a practical and technical nature
  • detailed knowledge of construction techniques and building regulations
  • a methodical approach with attention to detail
  • the ability to analyse information and understand architectural drawings
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • the ability to cope with tight deadlines and fixed budgets
  • to be computer literate and proficient in maths
  • to be physically fit.
  • You will usually need a driving licence for site visits.


There are no set minimum qualifications for entry to building surveying. However, most entrants have A levels, H grades or similar. To become a qualified building surveyor you will usually need a BTEC/SQA higher national diploma or certificate (HND/HNC), a degree or similar qualification.

Entry requirements for a HNC/HND are four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) plus one A level/two Highers. To get on to a degree course you need at least two A levels/three Highers and five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3). Equivalent qualifications may be accepted.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

The RICS has special membership routes for mature candidates with substantial surveying experience.


Qualification as a building surveyor can be achieved through the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Faculty for Architecture and Surveying or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

CIOB candidates need to hold an accredited honours degree. After obtaining the degree, graduates have to obtain two years' relevant experience. Those with a higher national certificate or diploma may join as associate members and upgrade to corporate membership through further study.

RICS offers several ways to qualify. All involve studying for a qualification accredited by RICS, followed by completion of their Assessment of Professional Competence. Routes to qualification are through an accredited degree or postgraduate qualification, or by obtaining the College of Estate Managements Diploma in Surveying.

You may work towards NVQ/SVQ in Property Management at Level 4. Some building surveyors work towards NVQ/SVQ in Building Control at Level 4.


Opportunities exist in local and central government, nationalised industries, private property companies, banks, mortgage and insurance companies and educational establishments. Self-employment is also possible.

Demand for building surveyors is good, although this depends on the economic climate and the state of the property market.

There are opportunities for progression to senior management positions or partnership in private practice. Opportunities may also arise for overseas employment, and freelance and consultancy work.

Further information:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Tel: 0870 333 1600

Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630700

College of Estate Management
Tel: 0118 986 1101

Other Useful Building Surveyor Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Building Surveyor job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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