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Job Description

General practice surveyors are involved in the management, valuation, buying, selling and development of land and property.

This includes:

  • negotiating deals for selling, and renting properties
  • buying and selling property and land for clients, acting as an agent
  • valuation of land and property
  • putting together reports for the valuation for mortgages, rent reviews and investment potential advising on property values, land purchase, tenure issues and related legislation
  • assessing the economic viability and environmental impact of developments

Specialisations include:

  • development
  • management
  • investment
  • Valuation Office Agency work

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.

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You'll usually need a degree or professional qualification approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to become a general practice surveyor.

Relevant degrees include:

  • real estate management
  • property development and valuation
  • building surveying
  • quantity surveying and commercial management

If your degree is in a different subject like economics, law or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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If you have a higher national diploma or foundation degree in surveying or construction, you may be able to work as a surveying technician with a company and take further qualifications to fully qualify.

Other Routes

You could get a postgraduate qualification through a graduate trainee scheme with a company, or through distance learning with the University College of Estate Management.

More Information

You can register with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors to become a chartered surveyor through the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) scheme.

You can find out more about becoming a general practice surveyor from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Career Path and Progression

You could move into a specialist area like auctioning land, property or plant and machinery, or the valuation and auctioning of fine arts and antiques.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Estate agent
  • Building control officer
  • Building surveyor
  • Estates officer
  • Technical surveyor

Required Skills

  • analytical skills
  • customer service skills
  • excellent STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
  • to be an excellent negotiator
  • knowledge of geography
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail

Salary Range

£20,000 to £50,000

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