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Surveying apprenticeships

Surveying apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are jobs that offer training to recognised industry standards and provide a great way to enter a global profession like surveying.

Apprenticeships are a very effective way of learning skills, boosting your knowledge and gaining first-hand work experience. They enable you to gain transferable skills, secure long-term earning potential and progress your career.

People should consider an apprentice route: it’s an exciting path that prepares you for a successful career. Within four months, I was managing subcontractors, making payment assessments and forecasting remaining works. You can’t get this through education alone.

Louise Verney
Quantity surveying apprentice, Balfour Beatty

Benefits of a surveying apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary while you study – with no student loan and no tuition fees.
  • Learn skills on the job, rather than in the classroom, and start to build your professional network.
  • Gain an industry-recognised qualification that can be used around the world.
  • Open the door to a diverse and exciting range of surveying careers.

Useful links for finding an apprenticeship

  • Find an apprenticeship – government website allowing you to search and apply for an apprenticeship in England.
  • RICS Recruit – our jobs website listing surveying roles available at all levels.

Surveying is a fantastic career as I love seeing a project progress and knowing that I have played a key role in it. It’s also a very sociable career, whether that be clients or industry professionals, I get to meet extraordinary people on a daily basis.

Uwais Paderwala, Apprentice of the Year 2018

Surveying apprenticeships available in England

  • On successful completion of the surveying technician apprenticeship you qualify as an Associate Member (AssocRICS) of RICS.

    The surveying technician apprenticeship covers the following RICS sector pathways: building surveying, commercial property, land, planning and development, project management, residential property, valuation and quantity surveying.

    • Length: 2 years
    • Available funding: £9,000
    • If you are a provider interested in delivering this apprenticeship, in the first instance please contact careers@rics.org

    Learn more out about the surveying technician apprenticeship

    • Includes a RICS accredited undergraduate, PGDip or Masters degree
    • Duration is typically between 60 months for the Undergraduate and 30 months for the postgraduate.
    • On completion gain Chartered status of RICS (MRICS)
    • The Chartered Surveyor Degree Apprenticeship standard has three distinct apprenticeship pathways:
    1. Building Surveying
    2. Quantity Surveying & Project Management; and
    3. Property.

    These apprenticeship pathways align to the following RICS APC pathways:

    Apprenticeship pathway APC pathways
    Building Surveying Building Surveying
    Quantity Surveying & Project Management Quantity Surveying and Construction, Project Management,
    Property  Corporate Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate; Land and Resources, Planning and Development, Residential; Rural; and Valuation.
    • Apprenticeship funding available £27,000

    If you are a provider interested in delivering this apprenticeship, in the first instance please contact careers@rics.org

    Learn more out about the chartered surveyor apprenticeship

  • On successful completion of the geospatial survey technician apprenticeship, you can apply to become an Associate Member (AssocRICS) of RICS.

    • Length: 2 years
    • Available funding: £9,000

    Learn more about the geospatial survey technician apprenticeship

  • On successful completion of the geospatial mapping and sciences apprenticeship, you can apply to take the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Member (MRICS) of RICS.

    • Length: 5 years
    • Available funding: £27,000

    Learn more about the geospatial mapping and sciences apprenticeship

  • Successful completion of the construction quantity surveying technician apprenticeship allows you two years off the normal 4 year experience requirement for Associate Member (AssocRICS) of RICS.

    • Length: 36 months
    • Available funding: £8,000

    Learn more out about the Construction Quantity Surveying Technician

  • Successful completion of the construction quantity surveying technician apprenticeship allows you two years off the normal 4 year experience requirement for Associate Member (AssocRICS) of RICS.

    • Length: 30 months
    • Available funding: £14,000

Apprenticeships in the Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

There are different systems for employing apprentices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you're looking for apprenticeships in these nations, please email us:

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Why I chose a surveying apprenticeship

Surveying is such an interesting career. The people you meet help you to grow. You can get involved in interesting projects which have relevance in the world today, allowing you to get out of the office and look at amazing buildings and interact with great people.

Read Jonathan's story

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