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How to become a surveyor

How to become a surveyor

Get an apprenticeship

A professional RICS apprenticeship could be for you if you enjoy learning on the job, are good at managing your time and want to get paid a salary from day one. You can choose from a wide range of apprenticeships which give you an RICS qualification, including degree apprenticeships that lead straight to you becoming a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

Discover more about professional apprenticeships

I combine practical experience with the opportunity to learn, earn and end up with qualifications Laura Pell, property apprentice

I did an RICS-accredited degree because I knew it would result in opportunities, and it has Sahar Rezazedeh, chartered surveyor

Go to university

If you enjoy studying, university lifestyle appeals and you want a degree route into a profession, then an RICS-accredited degree could be for you. Once you’ve completed your undergraduate or master’s degree, you can apply for a graduate scheme to become a fully qualified chartered surveyor.

Learn more about university and RICS-accredited degrees

Case study: restoring a castle

After lying unused for 40 years, surveyors brought Lews Castle in Scotland back to life. The grand reception spaces were restored to their former glory, and a new glazed roof over the inner courtyard was built to connect the castle and the museum. Antique materials were used, original decorations preserved and the original character of the building enhanced.

Subjects for surveying

Surveying is so diverse you can take many subjects, but surveying could be the perfect career for you if you like:

  • IT
  • physics
  • design and technology
  • maths
  • English
  • languages
  • geography
  • business studies


As the global standard setter, RICS is the most sought after professional qualification in land, property, and construction and infrastructure.

If you want to make it in surveying, you’ll need RICS by your side.

Experience the world of surveying

Watch vloggers Ali and Eve explore the surveying profession, including flying a £30,000 drone. And discover how surveyors shape the world around us.