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Technical 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 a Technical Surveyor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Technical Surveyor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Technical Surveyor Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Technical surveyors (TechRICS, non-chartered surveyors) carry out a wide range of tasks to provide essential technical support to chartered surveyors across the range of surveying divisions - building, land, hydrographic quantity, general practice, mineral surveying and rural property surveying.

All technical surveyors carry out administrative tasks, often using computers, and work with a wide range of people, such as craft trade specialists and chartered surveyors.

Hours and Environment

The work is based around office hours but early starts, late finishes and weekend work may all be required depending on the project.

Technical surveyors are office-based but spend a good deal of time working outdoors in all weathers.

Skills and Interests

To be a technical surveyor you should:

  • understand business, economics, law, and health and safety regulations
  • have an accurate, methodical approach
  • have mathematical ability
  • have good communication and negotiating skills
  • be able to use sophisticated measuring equipment
  • be IT literate.


The minimum entry requirements are four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), normally including English, maths and a science subject. Other relevant qualifications include Intermediate GNVQ/GSVQ Level II in Construction and the Built Environment or Construction. Some employers request one A level and three GCSEs (A-C) or two H grades and three S grades (1-3), including English and maths.


Training is delivered by experienced surveyors and technical surveyors, coupled with study for appropriate qualifications such as a BTEC higher national certificate (HNC) in Surveying, Land Administration or Quantity Surveying, or a higher national diploma (HND) in Land Surveying, Building Surveying, Land Administration, General Practice Surveying or Quantity Surveying.

Technical membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors requires a HNC or HND, or a relevant NVQ/SVQ at level 4. The RICS Assessment of Technical Competence must also be completed, which involves two years' experience and approved training.

Candidates may also work towards Associate Membership of the Association of Building Engineers or the Chartered Institute of Building's Faculty for Architecture and Surveying.


Employers include central and local government, construction and property companies, private estates and trusts, specialist surveying companies, industrial and commercial firms, banks, building societies and insurance companies, auction houses, and antique and art dealerships.

Others work independently as self-employed consultants or in partnership with a professional principal. Technical surveyors with appropriate experience often progress to a managerial role.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Starting salaries tend to be between £17,000 and £21,000 a year.
Experienced technical surveyors could earn up to £24,000.

Further information

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

Chartered Institute of Building
Kings Ride
Tel: 01344 630700

Association of Building Engineers
Lutyens House
Billing Brook Road
Weston Favell
Tel: 0845 126 1058

Other Useful Technical Surveyor Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Technical 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.

Locations where we feature Jobs include:-
Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

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Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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