General practice surveyor

General practice surveyors are involved in the management, valuation, buying, selling and development of land and property.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£50,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

How to become a general practice surveyor

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme

University

You'll usually need a degree or professional qualification approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to become a general practice surveyor.

Relevant degrees include:

  • real estate management
  • property development and valuation
  • building surveying
  • quantity surveying and commercial management

If your degree is in a different subject like economics, law or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

If you have a higher national diploma or foundation degree in surveying or construction, you may be able to work as a surveying technician with a company and take further qualifications to fully qualify.

Other routes

You could get a postgraduate qualification through a graduate trainee scheme with a company, or through distance learning with the University College of Estate Management.

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Registration

Further information

You can find out more about becoming a general practice surveyor from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • maths knowledge
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of geography
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • negotiating deals for buying, selling and renting property
  • acting as an agent, buying and selling property and land on behalf of clients
  • assessing the environmental impact and economic viability of a development
  • valuing land and property
  • compiling reports for the valuation for mortgages, rent reviews and investment potential advising on property values, land purchase, tenure issues and related legislation

Working environment

You could work in an office or on a construction site.

Your working environment may be outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You could move into a specialist area like auctioning land, property or plant and machinery, or the valuation and auctioning of fine arts and antiques.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Surveyor

  • Wage : £10,577.77 - £15,796.04 Annually
  • Location: Dewsbury WF13 1AX

Degree Apprentice Surveyor - Rural

  • Wage : To be agreed upon appointment
  • Location: Hexham NE46 1PS

Courses In England

HNC Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment (Construction Pathway)

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 January 2020
  • Location: Wakefield

NVQ Diploma in Construction Operations and Civil Engineering Services - Highways Maintenance (Construction) (QCF)

  • Provider: KEITH COOK TRAINING LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: Loughborough

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