Surveying Technician Commercial Property Management Pathway


The main duties and tasks of a Surveying Technician are to:

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

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • Level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma
  • Workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies; and
  • RICS Associate assessment leading to Associate membership and the AssocRICS professional qualification.

Development of the required knowledge, skills and behaviours is through a combination of workplace training provided by the employer and off-the job training provided by UCEM. The Surveying Technician Diploma is delivered through a blended learning delivery model comprising fully supported online learning and a series of monthly face-to-face workshops. You will be assigned a Technical Advisor in the second year of the programme to support you and your employer through the structured training period prior to the AssocRICS submission.

The apprenticeship is assessed through on-programme and end-point assessment.

Why complete this apprenticeship?

  • Achieve a recognised professional qualification (AssocRICS)
  • Earn while you learn
  • Enables direct progress (subject to suitable employment) progression to the Level 6 Chartered Surveyor apprenticeship.
  • Great career potential including good earning potential – £40,000 average AssocRICS salary (Source: 2019 RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey)

Occupation and Programme Outline

Commercial Property Management covers a range of functions concerned with looking after buildings. Examples of activities involved in these functions would include:

  • Day-to-day management of properties on behalf of the owner
  • Collection of rents and other receivables
  • Administration of service charges
  • Payment of outgoings
  • Maintenance, including repair
  • Provision of services such as insurance
  • Supervision of staff employed for services
  • Health and safety advice
  • Negotiations with tenants or prospective tenants.

Property managers also assist businesses to plan and deliver essential property decisions such as the best use of space, suitable technology solutions, human resources and safe surroundings.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • UCEM Level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma with specialist real estate management units
  • Workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • RICS Associate assessment following the Commercial Property Management pathway leading to Associate membership and the AssocRICS professional qualification.

The structure of the UCEM Level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma for this pathway is given below:

Yr Commercial Property Management Pathway
1 Construction Technology and Drawings
Law and Regulations
Economics, Measurement and Data
2 Residential and Commercial Valuation and Appraisal
Land, Property and Planning Law
 Core units
 Specialist units

You should also read the Programme Specification for the detailed information on the structure of the Level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma, the learning outcomes and details of assessment.

Details of the RICS Associate assessment for this pathway are given in the RICS Associate Commercial Property Management pathway guide.

The typical apprenticeship duration is 26 months. The end-point assessment organisation is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The RICS requires a minimum of 24 months relevant experience in relation to the RICS competency requirements for the selected surveying pathway prior to the apprentice applying for the RICS Associate end-point assessment. Where an apprentice has some relevant prior experience prior to the apprenticeship start date, it may be possible to reduce the duration to 24 months. The actual duration will be agreed with the employer and the apprentice as part of the enquiry and enrolment process.

Please Note: Where considered necessary to do so at any stage, UCEM may seek to make variations to programme content, entry requirements and methods of delivery, and to discontinue, merge or combine programmes. This is subject to consultation with relevant students and other stakeholders setting out the reasons for the proposed amendment(s) and compliance with the requirements of the UCEM Code of Practice on Programme Monitoring, Amendment, Review and Discontinuation. Should such an eventuality occur during the admissions and registration process, applicants will be informed immediately of any change and the alternative arrangements that have been put in place.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, meet Education and Skill Funding Agency residency status requirements, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England and be directly employed in a job role that will enable the requirements of the apprenticeship to be achieved.

In addition, for standard entry the following applies:

Non-standard applications will be considered where the applicant has:

  • Been accepted upon a Surveying Technician Apprenticeship
  • Achieved a minimum of three GCSEs at Grade C/Grade 4 and above (excluding maths and English)
  • Has prior attainment at full Level 2 (as defined by the ESFA) or higher
    Has an accepted current or prior equivalent maths or English qualification or higher
  • Has, through BKSB initial assessment, demonstrated a working level of Level 2
  • A working level of Level 1 and a BKSB Level 1 diagnostic assessment score of at least 75% for the other subject.

Non-standard applicants that are admitted to the programme will be required to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in mathematics or English (as appropriate) within 12 months of the commencement of the programme.


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Doing an apprenticeship means that I get a day off to study during my working week. This means that my work and study don’t cross over into my weekend or evenings which is time spent with family and friends.”

Rhys Braithwaite
Assistant Property Manager, Lifestyle Outlets

Key information


If you successfully complete all elements of the programme, you will be awarded the UCEM Level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma and will gain the RICS Associate professional qualification and will be entitled to use the designation ‘AssocRICS’.

Application and start dates:

Application deadline 20 January 2020
Programme start 2 March 2020

Application deadline 3 August 2020
Programme start 14 September 2020

Please note: you will only be invited to apply once suitable employment conditions have been confirmed. For this to happen, your employer will need to provide advance employment information to UCEM.

Fees and costs:

Apprentices do not pay course fees. All learning resources required are provided as part of programme.

If you are an employer then you will be able to use the Apprenticeship Levy to fund part/all of this apprenticeship pathway. See our Employing an Apprentice page for more information.

Workload and study requirements:

An apprenticeship is a full-time job. Employers are required to release an apprentice from their normal paid working hours to undertake off-the-job training. Typically, this is an average of one day per week.

For the Surveying Technician Diploma element of the apprenticeship you will study one unit every 9 weeks with a 2 week gap to develop and consolidate AssocRICS requirements. This typically requires 7-10 hours of study each week. This means that in addition to the release time that your employer gives, you may need to undertake some study each week in your own time.

Each 9-credit Diploma unit is based upon 90 learning hours broken down between guided learning hours and self-directed learning and assessment. The breakdown between these three types of activity may vary between modules but on average is as follows:

  • Guided learning hours (46 hours)
  • Self-directed learning hours (14 hours)
  • Assessment learning hours (30 hours)

The guided learning hours will be delivered through a blended approach of online study via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and attendance of face-to-face workshops. Self-directed learning includes reading textbooks and study papers to develop your knowledge of the subject matter. Assessment of each unit is through coursework assignments and Computer Marked Assessments (CMAs).

During the structured workplace training phase of the apprenticeship you will need to regularly record your competency evidence using the RICS Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) portal. You will also eventually apply and submit for RICS Associate assessment via the ARC portal.