How to become a Chartered Building Surveyor

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Chartered building surveyors are qualified professionals who provide advice and specialist services, covering a range of property and construction-related projects. In addition to preparing property survey reports and valuations, chartered building surveyors also prepare technical and conceptual design proposals and develop solutions for construction failures in buildings. They also manage construction projects and contracts, and prepare management plans for property assets. Some specialise in a particular sector such as retail or residential development.

Chartered surveyors' customers include purchasers of commercial property, mortgage lenders, housing associations, estate agents, intermediaries such as financial advisers and private homebuyers. Some surveyors are also engaged as expert witnesses for property-related disputes and court cases.

'Chartered' is a restricted status, and it is illegal to trade as a chartered building surveyor without being a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a chartered building surveyor. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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