Quantity surveying is probably the most well-known of all the surveying specialties. Construction and civil engineering professionals are respected as key players in projects of all sizes and shapes.
Despite this, a 2018 RICS Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey found that 66 percent of respondents in the United Kingdom registered a shortage of quantity surveyors, a problem that is felt globally. The QS role is also on the Australian Visa Bureau’s Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List, Singapore’s strategic Skills-in-Demand List, and one of South Africa’s top 100 in-demand occupations (National Scarce Skills).
Because of this global demand, quantity surveying is an excellent choice for those looking for a lucrative and fast-paced career in the built environment.
If you want to work as a quantity surveyor, we’ve listed the main steps below.
1) Obtain a quantity surveying qualification from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
‘What qualifications do I need to become a chartered quantity surveyor?’ is likely one of your first questions.
You’ll need to join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – the worldwide professional body responsible for promoting and regulating surveying standards – to become a chartered surveyor and achieve your maximum earning potential.
If you’re new to the industry, you’ll need to complete an RICS-accredited certification first, obtain the necessary professional experience to complete your professional evaluation and add the letters MRICS to your name.
During an RICS-approved qualification, you’ll learn about the expertise and technical competencies that the Institution considers essential to become a member of the Institution and demonstrate to employers that you have the qualifications they need to complete their next project.
2) Choose the RICS-accredited course that is right for you.
The type of quantity surveying course you take will be determined by various factors, including your educational background and the amount of time you have available. It’s essential to do your homework and choose the best academic course for you and your goals.
Postgraduate conversion course in quantity surveying
You could take a postgraduate quantity surveying conversion course, such as our RICS approved Masters degree in Quantity Surveying, if you have a first degree in a subject unrelated to quantity surveying.
A master’s degree in surveying is a standard entry path for those entering the profession later in life, and it is highly regarded by industry and the profession.
A full-time postgraduate course in surveying typically takes one year, whereas part-time or distance learning students can expect to study for at least two years. If you want to earn as you study, part-time or distance learning quantity surveying courses are a good option; these more flexible, less expensive courses are structured to help you align your degree with full-time jobs, even if your current job is in a different industry.
The majority of people pay for their master’s degree with postgraduate loans, which the UK government offers up to £10,000.
Apprenticeship with a degree
If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you can enroll in an RICS-approved Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship. This course will see you working as a trainee quantity surveyor while part-time studying for a quantity surveying degree, acquiring theoretical and practical skills along the way.
It typically takes five years to complete a degree apprenticeship.
You’ll need to find a company that can help you complete the program. Upon completion, however, the certification should result in MRICS status. You may also receive a salary while training (typically between £16,000 and £18,000 per year) and escape student debt.
A bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying is required.
If you don’t have a degree but want to go to university, you could enroll in a BSc in Quantity Surveying as an undergraduate.
When studying full-time on campus, an undergraduate degree usually takes three years. Depending on the university you chose, you will be able to do a placement year or study part-time, which would enable you to continue your education.
There will be costs associated with attending university. There are, however, a variety of undergraduate loans available to assist students in financing their education.
3) Complete your APC and earn your chartered status.
The Assessment of Professional Competence is the final step in becoming a chartered surveyor with MRICS status (APC).
Those pursuing a Chartered Surveying Degree Apprenticeship will be required to take the APC as part of the program; upon completion, you will be eligible for MRICS status.
Many with fewer than five years of professional experience, such as those who join the profession after university, must complete the APC and obtain a minimum of 24 months of postgraduate experience with a suitable employer before being chartered.
Many companies provide opportunities for people with an RICS approved degree, ensuring that they have the academic skills, competencies, and dedication required to work proficiently in the field.
With an RICS-approved certification, you’ll be able to start your APC right away once you’ve found a suitable job, completing the final stages of your training, and embarking on a new career as a chartered quantity surveyor.