Degrees are available in quantity surveying, which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) but you do not have to have studied this subject to enter the profession.
Graduates from other degree subjects can take a postgraduate conversion course which is also accredited by RICS. The first degree can be in any subject but those which may help to provide relevant knowledge include:
The RICS accredited postgraduate courses will enable the graduate to work as a quantity surveyor. A list of relevant courses is available at RICS Courses .
The postgraduate course takes one year to complete full time and around two years part time. Some employers may take on graduates and support and fund them through the postgraduate course.
Those without a degree may start in the industry as a technical surveyor. But, to secure work as a quantity surveyor they will need to complete a degree (possibly through part-time study while working) and if it's in a non-related subject they'll also need to do the conversion course.
Further study is essential in order to gain chartership and membership of RICS. Relevant work experience, either on site or within an office, gives you a valuable start.
Employers will look for the following in candidates:
Work experience is extremely helpful when trying to secure a job. Employers look for your dedication and enthusiasm for the field and any working knowledge you may have. Work experience is also good for confirming you're following the right career path for you. Many firms offer structured placements which may last from a few days to a whole summer vacation. Check firms' websites for details or apply speculatively. Use the RICS Find a Surveyor facility for contact information.
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