Building Surveying job description

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Those working in building surveying often work in an advisory capacity on all aspects of construction and property. Work in this field includes both designing and developing new buildings and restoring and maintaining existing ones, including those of historic or architectural importance
The many and varied duties carried out in a building surveying role include monitoring projects, assessing repair proposals, preparing documents for tender, handling planning applications, and advising on presentation, management, energy efficiency and environmental impact. It may also be necessary to give evidence in court when there has been a breach in building regulations
Building surveyors need to have completed a degree course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Relevant degrees, which can also be studied for while training at a surveying firm, include surveying, construction, building engineering and civil engineering. Newly qualified surveyors can expect salaries of between £18,000 and £22,000, which can rise to £38,000 over time. More senior staff within building surveying with chartered status may receive up to £50,000.


Building Surveyors are required to advise clients of property and construction areas. Their duties are related to supervision of development and design of home extensions and new buildings. They also advise on the conservation and restoration of historic buildings. Their clients can be individual home owners and commercial, leisure, industrial, and retail property developers.

Building Surveyors usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Identifying building defects.
• Completing land surveys.
• Writing technical reports.
• Advising on property legislation.
• Preparing budgets and contracts.


• Having good problem solving skills.
• Being able to plan and prioritise effectively.
• Having a comprehensive knowledge of Building Regulations.
• Being able to work to a high degree of accuracy.
• Being adaptable and flexible.
• Having IT skills.
• Having high attention to details.
• Being able to work with a team.
• Having negotiation skills.
• Having interpersonal abilities.


People who want to be Building Surveyors need to complete courses recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or the Chartered Institute of Building. The first institution offers degrees in civil or building engineering and surveying construction, including a supervised training. Job placements for trainee or surveying technicians require candidates with A levels and GCSE´s. Then they need to complete a foundation degree or a part-time Higher National Diploma or Higher National Certificate in construction or surveying.

There are advanced apprenticeships in surveying offered by the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust. Candidates for these courses require four GCSE´s (A
*-C) in Science, Math and English, 40 UCAS points, and being between 16 and 24 years old.

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