Unchartered territory?

How important is it to be a chartered surveyor? Will it affect your career if you’re unchartered? Carriera looks at the industry’s view of chartership and whether it’s really that essential.

Building Surveyors are considered the doctors of property, the “jack of all professions”, who are instrumental in all aspects of design and construction, including maintenance, repair, refurbishment and restoration of proposed or existing buildings. 

With such an important role to play in the industry, is it really necessary to become a member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or indeed any other professional body? Surely experience is the most valuable when advising and representing clients?

Regularly we are asked by candidates: “does it matter if I’m not a chartered surveyor?” Or , “I am chartered builder, is that an issue?”

We have found that clients are not averse to taking on non-chartered building surveyors – often experience can outweigh the qualification. It’s often down to individual firm’s requirements, their workload and ultimately the clients they are representing. 

Employers whose clients and services are in the public sector or social housing and are project-led in practice, typically focus on a prospective employee’s experience than professional letters. Their services are typically concentrated on administration of contracts, employer’s agent duties and building pathology (defect diagnosis).  

It is, however, important to understand the benefits of being accredited and what this means to a future employer and the confidence it gives clients or a lender. Whether you are accredited by the RICS or the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), the accreditation opens a number of different avenues that will benefit and support your career. A chartership will naturally enhance your credibility within the market, and will demonstrate your commitment to developing and strengthening your knowledge, whilst maintaining high professional ethical standards. A chartership also provides reassurance to clients that they are working with an expert, which in turn helps foster existing business and acquire new business. 

If you are not chartered, don’t fret, you are still able to progress your career and advance to a senior position within a business and enjoy a successful career. However, it will limit you in terms of services you can provide and will rule out some employers and senior positions.

Technical qualifications like AssocRICS can be the first step towards MRICS or MCIOB. Employers typically consider such qualifications positively and can identify that full accreditation is something that could be obtained later down the line.

Carriera’s edge:

One of Carriera’s main focuses is to help advise professionals (candidates) who may be concerned about what career options are available to them and how best to weave a successful route through the industry. Combined, we have over 22 years’ experience in placing building surveyors within the property and construction industry. Many of the building surveyors we have placed are now running practices or departments with consultancies or client organisations.

We work closely with the senior members of many of the most reputable practices, as well as universities, the RICS and other professional bodies. This gives us an unprecedented understanding of the industry allowing us to give detailed and up-to-date information about the things that matter the most to you and your career.

Whether you are a building surveyor looking to capitalise on your accreditation, or a student building surveyor close to completing your degree, and want to know more regarding pathways, call us today and let us help – 020 3817 0000.