Key Skills & Qualification required to become Building Surveyor

Key skills for building surveyors

  • Organisational skills and an eye for detail
  • Willingness to work outside in all conditions
  • Interest in and firm knowledge of the built environment, including building regulations and health and safety legislation
  • An understanding of how their recommendations will affect a construction project’s profitability
  • Relationship-building skills and a strong understanding of good customer service
  • IT skills, including knowledge of industry-specific software
  • Be analytically minded, with strong problem-solving skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Teamworking skills

 

To get a graduate job as a building surveyor, you should have:

  • either an undergraduate degree in building surveying or very similar accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • or a postgraduate conversion course in building surveying accredited by the RICS (this is typically a PG Dip or a masters)

A few building surveying employers will recruit graduates with undergraduate degrees in any subject and pay for them to complete the RICS postgraduate degree while working for them. However, most want to hire you with an RICS-accredited degree already.