Chartered surveyor - requirements

Chartered surveyors are excellent problem solvers, negotiators, and communicators. They use these skills to assess properties, land, and other infrastructure for valuations and construction projects. Find out more about becoming a chartered surveyor and why this might be the right career for you.

Know what you'll need to land a job below.


What qualifications do you need to be a chartered surveyor?

Subjects to consider include:

If you know you want to be a chartered surveyor, you'll need an RICS-accredited undergraduate degree. The subject of your undergraduate degree can be anything but you'll need to do a conversion course at postgraduate level.

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Do you need a postgraduate qualification to be a chartered surveyor?

If your degree isn't relevant to surveying, you'll need to study an RICS-accredited postgraduate conversion course.

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include MAs in:

  • Surveying
  • Building surveying
  • Quantity surveying
  • Commercial management and quantity surveying

What skills do you need to be a chartered surveyor?

To be a chartered surveyor you need interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills as well as specialist knowledge of the trade.

Hard skills usually include:
  • Surveying
  • Contract management
  • Procurement
  • Business development
  • Construction
Soft skills include:
  • Communications
  • Planning
  • Self-motivation
  • Negotiation
  • Detail-oriented
  • Problem-solving

Do you need work experience to be a chartered surveyor?

Many universities offer placement years as part of their degree courses. This gives students an edge when entering the professional world of work. Competition can be high so try to get as much work experience as possible. Even working for just a few weeks in the industry can make you employable.

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