Overview of the role

Collecting information from site inspections to inform advice to clients on land, property or construction.

Surveying technician

Reference Number: ST0332

Details of standard

1. Occupation(s)

The occupations covered by this standard are associated with surveying technicians acting on behalf of clients or employers in an assistant capacity.  The types of surveying technician included are:

  • Building Surveying Technicians
  • Commercial Property Surveying Technicians
  • Residential Property Surveying Technicians
  • Land Surveying Technicians (including rural, minerals and waste management and planning and development)
  • Valuation Surveying Technicians
  • Consultant (Professional) Quantity Surveying Technicians
  • Consultant (Professional) Project Management Technicians

2. Occupational profile

The main duties and tasks of a Surveying Technician are:

  • To collect information from inspections or visits to buildings, land and construction sites
  • To take appropriate measurements of buildings, land or plans
  • To meet with other professionals, clients, customers and others to obtain and provide information relating to land, property or construction
  • To collect and record data relating to land, buildings or construction for technical use
  • To manage work tasks relating to the area of practice
  • To undertake costings and/or measurements and/or valuations using data collected from research
  • To ensure a safe working environment for themselves and others

 3. Requirements: Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours

A successful apprentice will have met the core requirements in terms of knowledge and skills and all the behaviour requirements plus two of the optional requirements for both knowledge and skills.

Core knowledge



What is required - In the context of land, property and construction:


Outline the English legal system, law of contract and law of tort

Data collection

Explain key mathematical principles, principles of measurement, the importance of accuracy, data management and confidentiality


Be aware of economic principles and the operation of economic and property/construction markets

Health and safety

Describe the principles and responsibilities imposed by law, codes of practice and other regulations


Explain how and why sustainability seeks to balance economic, environmental and social objectives

Construction Technology

Describe the technology of low rise buildings including materials

Personal effectiveness

Explain how to manage own time and tasks, communicate and negotiate effectively

Optional knowledge

Choose two from the following:

(letter indicates related optional knowledge)

What is required

a. Valuation and appraisal

Describe the reasons for valuations and the methods to provide both capital and rental valuation advice

b. Building pathology

Be aware of common building defects including collection of information, measurement and tests

c. Land, property and planning law

Explain principles of land law, the law of landlord and tenant and planning law

d. Procurement and contracts

Describe the main types of procurement and tendering and the various forms of contract used in the construction industry

e. Costing and cost planning of construction works

Be aware of the principles of quantification and costing of construction works and how cost planning assists in the financial control of projects

Core skills



What is required:  In the context of the surveying environment:

Data collection and analysis

Measure and collect data relevant to the surveying discipline

Health and safety

Demonstrate the application of health and safety issues and the requirements for compliance

Construction technology

Apply the principles of construction technology and the environmental performance of materials


Apply the principles of contract law to include either contracts for acquisition/disposal of property, standard forms of building contracts or other property related contracts

Personal effectiveness

Manage own time and tasks, communicate and negotiate effectively

Optional skills

Choose two from the following:

(letter indicates related optional knowledge)

What is required

a. Valuation and appraisal

Undertake capital and rental valuations and demonstrate involvement with the preparation of client reports.  Use a variety of valuation methods and techniques and use the relevant valuation standards and guidance

b. Building surveys

Undertake surveys, using survey and other information to diagnose cause and mechanisms of failure

c. Land, property and planning law

Apply the law and practice relating to at least two of land, property, landlord and tenant or planning

d. Tendering and procurement

Implement procurement routes selected for projects and carrying out tendering processes relevant to them

e. Costing and cost planning of construction work

Quantification, costing and cost management of construction works, including the use of appropriate standard methods of measurement and forms of cost analysis.

Note relating to optional knowledge and skills:  Typically apprentices following the Valuation, Residential or Commercial Property, and Land pathways will take a and c whilst those following Building Surveying will take b and d and those taking Consultant Quantity Surveying will take d and e but the final decision will be that of the employer.


What is required

Provide a high standard of service

Always ensure you provide the best possible service, ensure you give attention to detail and meet all deadlines set

Act in a way that promotes trust in the surveying profession

Act in a professional and positive manner at all times

Act with integrity

 Be honest and straightforward in all that you do.

Treat others with respect

Treat everyone with courtesy, politeness and respect

Take responsibility

Be accountable for all your actions

4. Entry

The entry requirement for the apprenticeship will typically be five GCSEs at Grade C or higher including Maths and English or a Level 2 apprenticeship in a construction or property related discipline but the final decision is that of each employer.  Apprentices who are granted entry without GCSE Grade C or higher in Maths and English will be required to achieve Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2 as part of the apprenticeship.

5. Qualifications

Apprentices will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Surveying as a pre requisite to end point assessment and will become

Associate members of the RICS (AssocRICS).

6. English and Maths

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

7. Professional registration

The apprenticeship will provide the necessary knowledge skills and behaviours for successful apprentices to become Associate members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

8. Duration

The apprenticeship will typically be undertaken over two years.

9. Review date

The apprenticeship standard will be reviewed at least every three years.

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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0332
Version: 1.0
Date updated: 10/09/2015
Approved for delivery: 10 September 2015
Route: Construction and the built environment
Typical duration to gateway : 24 months (this does not include EPA period)
Maximum funding: £9000
Options: Building surveying, Commercial property surveying, Residential property surveying, Land surveying (including rural, minerals and waste management and planning and development), Valuation surveying, Consultant (professional) quantity surveying, Consultant (professional) project management
LARS Code: 51

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Employers involved in creating the standard: Gardiner and Theobald, Axis, DTZ, Faithorn Farrell Timms, DSB Construction Consultants, Valuation Office Agency, Transport for London, EC Harris, Martin Arnold Associates, Collier & Madge & CBRE

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