General practice surveyor

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

Salary Range: £20,000 to £50,000

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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
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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, or equivalent, 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, for a higher or 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.

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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 use a computer and the main software packages competently
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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 developments
  • valuing land and property
  • compiling reports for valuations, mortgages, rent reviews and investment potential
  • advising on property values, land purchase, tenancy 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.

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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.

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