Tips for becoming a chartered surveyor
At GB Home Surveys, we – like many chartered surveyors around the country – are always on the lookout for up-and-coming professionals.
To become a RICS regulated chartered surveyor requires hard work, patience and perseverance. But, as we can attest, it’s definitely worth it.
Whether you’re a young person just leaving school or a more experienced individual looking for a career change, here are some of our top tips for becoming a chartered surveyor.
Try to find an apprenticeship
An apprenticeship is undoubtedly the best way to learn, as you can experience the profession first-hand while working towards your RICS-approved qualification.
Your experience working in the field will make your academic work much easier to grasp. Likewise, your assessments and exams for university will supplement your surveying skills.
On top of this, you’ll be earning a salary while you learn. This will put young people well ahead of their peers and is also useful for adults as they switch careers, meaning they can continue to provide for their families, if applicable.
Around the country, there is an increasing number of chartered surveyor apprenticeships that you could look into.
Find some property-related work experience
Many chartered surveying companies offer work experience for high school and university students interested in the field. Having a few weeks under your belt will be a great extra touch for your CV when you apply to universities, apprenticeships or jobs.
If you’re struggling to find chartered surveying companies to take you on for unpaid work experience, try a few related fields.
- Surveyors– compared to chartered surveyors, surveyors aren’t RICS registered. Anyone can go by this job title, possibly without any training. However, that’s not to say that all ‘surveyors’ do a bad job, by any means. You could still apply for work experience with these businesses to see the basics of how the industry works.
- Estate agents – completing work experience with an estate agent will provide you with valuable knowledge about the housing industry, such as how properties get valued and the best ways to interact with owners and buyers.
- Construction – construction companies often work hand-in-hand with chartered surveyors. Completing work experience with these businesses will give you insider knowledge on how houses are built, so you’ll know what to watch out for as a chartered surveyor in the future.
- Specialist property repair company – chartered surveyors often work with trusted services like pest (such as woodworm) control experts, damp specialists, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, roofers and foundations specialists. All could potentially offer you a foot in the door.
- Financial/property service providers – these often operate very closely with chartered surveyors, too. For example, banks need mortgage valuations before they give out a loan.
Get your head down
Working through the qualifications to become a RICS registered chartered surveyor is hard work. We’ve all been there!
Submitting deadlines on time and making it through university life can be difficult, so try to keep the end goal in mind when you hit those moments.
Try to always find the fascinating parts to take away with you and spend as much time learning as you can. We know that some courses are more interesting than others, but keeping yourself excited about your work will help you get through it in no time.
Value job satisfaction and making an impact
Much of this is likely related to employees’ inability to see their work’s impact.
As chartered surveyors, we see first-hand how our work affects the people we’re trying to help. After spending a few years training up, we develop a trained eye for spotting potential property faults, documenting them for any would-be buyers.
On many occasions, our work could save people thousands of pounds – if not more.
Chartered surveyors also work on the frontline in fields like climate change prevention, water management and anti-corruption.
The more you value job satisfaction and making an impact, the more interested you’ll be in the job of being a chartered surveyor.
While it’s a good lesson for life in general, being a trustworthy individual is very important in this field. To be a professional member of RICS (which you’ll need to call yourself a chartered surveyor), you must adhere to its professional code of conduct.
Having fun is the vital counterbalance to work. However, sticking to professional standards means regularly checking your behaviour to make sure it doesn’t come back to bite you.
What should I do now?
Depending on where you are in life, you’ll want to do one of a few things:
- If you’re still in school… keep working hard and aim for some A-Levels in maths, physics and/or engineering. These will help you move on to university courses or apprenticeships.
- If you’re applying to universities or apprenticeships… check for RICS-certified courses. Use this link to RICS Courses to help. You could do a degree that isn’t accredited by RICS and then another year after it if you wanted. However, finding a RICS degree would certainly be a quicker path.
- If you’re at university… look for work experience or a part-time job in a chartered surveying company or related field (as mentioned above).
- If you’re in another career… consider an apprenticeship so you can continue earning as you transition to being a chartered surveyor. Alternatively, you could use your current skills to slowly manoeuvre into the field, completing the RICS qualifications part-time.
At GB Home Surveys, we’re always on the lookout for new talent, as we mentioned at the start.
No matter what stage you’re at, if you’d like to get in touch with us about work enquiries, you’re very welcome to email us (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’d like, you can send us your CV as an attachment, too. For more information, check out these other articles on our website: