How to Become a Building Control Surveyor

According to national figures, only 15% of Building Control Surveyors are women. Whilst this is not a huge surprise as it has always been seen as a male dominated industry, ideally it would be great to see more women becoming Building Control Surveyors.

More needs to be done to educate young people about building control and what it entails. In order to attract young people into an industry, first and foremost, they need to be made aware of what it is.

What Is Building Control Surveying?

As recruiters in the industry, we understand building control and what it entails, but we have noticed there is not a lot of information out there explaining building control surveying. In a nutshell, a building control surveyor ensures a building is safe and complies with building regulations. Building control surveyors typically work for local authorities and carry out inspections of major building elements, check plans and keep on top of the progression of each project.

How Do I Become A Building Control Surveyor?

So, you want to be a building control surveyor. There is more than one route you can take into this industry, it is not rigid like other jobs wherein you must have a degree – instead you have some options.

The Degree Route

If you go down the road of attending university you can do that and get a building surveying degree. Once you have graduated you then need to take an Assessment of Professional Competence which will take 2 years and you do it whilst you are working which then enables you to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, by this point you are now 'Chartered'.

Most accredited courses ask for at least two A-levels, and a minimum of four good GCSE passes, or equivalent.

The 'Straight Out Of School' Route

If you don't see yourself going to University there is a second option - step into the industry at 16 and train on the job. This way your job will put you through HNC, degree etc. and you will gain a lot more practical experience at the same time. This option appears to be the favourite amongst other building control surveyors because you can't beat the experience you gain on the job, and you still have a qualification at the end of it.

If you have excellent people skills, are extremely organised, have a great business-mind, are self-motivated and a team player; business control surveying could be for you!

Building control surveying is a very interesting job where no two days are ever the same, we hope more people will be attracted to this industry and are positive this new scheme is the way forward.