Chartered Building Surveyor

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A Chartered Building Surveyor is a type of Chartered Surveyor involved in all aspects of property and construction, from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions. Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. It has a varied workload and can include everything from the conservation and restoration of historic buildings to contemporary new developments.

A chartered building surveyor has completed an Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The RICS was founded in London in 1868 and has more than 120,000 members globally; although less than 10% of RICS members have the specialist (chartered building surveyor) designation. They work closely with professional organisations around the globe. A chartered status will enhance a building surveyor's professional status with employers and clients alike leading to more, and varied, employment opportunities. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is a body that represents professionals who work within the built environment in the United Kingdom and other sovereign nations. The CIOB is a full member of the Construction Industry Council and also recognise building surveyors. A building surveyor can progress through the CIOB membership route also.

Building surveyors work in most real estate markets including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, leisure, education and health. Consequently, there are a wide variety of opportunities for chartered building surveyors to work in both the commercial, private, and public sectors. Many chartered building surveyors work for property consultancies, public sector organisations, real estate owning clients and contractors as well as in a number of specialist niche areas such as insurance, rights to light, party wall matters etc. As well as strong technical skills, building surveyors need to have strong people skills and the highest levels of integrity. Clients, whether a large corporation or an individual member of the public, need to have the utmost confidence in the impartial advice given by chartered building surveyors. Chartered building surveyors are clearly differentiated from the rest of their market by their enhanced technical knowledge and professional standards.



The largest employer of Chartered Building Surveyors is EC Harris followed by Jones Lang LaSalle.[1]

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  1. ^ "Top 100 Surveyors". Building. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Dunton, Jim (23 May 2013). "Former Scots rugby star swaps scrum for surveying". Building. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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