Surveying Technician Building Surveying Pathway

Overview

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 Advanced 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 Advanced 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 Mentor in the second year of the programme to support you and your employer through the structured training period prior to AssocRICS submission.

The apprenticeship is assessed through on-programme and end-point assessment. See here for further details.

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 – £42,652 average AssocRICS salary (Source: 2017 RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey).

Surveying Technician Building Surveying Pathway

Occupation and Programme Outline

Building Surveying is concerned with the design, construction, support and management of real estate assets throughout their lifecycle. This rich diversity of work offers building surveyors a varied and interesting career.

Building Surveying is dynamic and offers opportunities internationally as the profession grows. Qualifying as an RICS Associate in the Building Surveying pathway, you can be involved with an asset for its whole lifecycle, from concept, design and construction, through to alteration, refurbishment, maintenance, demolition and replacement. You may work on land, property and construction matters for clients or within organisations: for example, commercial companies, consultants, central and local government, housing associations, charities and private individuals. RICS Associates work within areas such as the preparation of drawings, applications and carrying out surveys. These cover the same areas as Chartered Building Surveyors and Associates can find themselves supporting Chartered Surveyors in more complex projects.

The key elements of the apprenticeship are:

  • UCEM Level 3 Surveying Technician Diploma with specialist building surveying units
  • Workplace training to develop the required skills, behaviours and competencies
  • RICS Associate assessment following the Building Surveying 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 Building Surveying Pathway
1 Construction Technology
Law, Regulations and Health and Safety
Sustainability
2 Economics, Measurement and Data
Building Pathology
Tendering, Procurement and Contracts
 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 Building Surveying guide.

The planned apprenticeship duration is 30 months. The actual duration is determined by when the employer and UCEM deem the apprentice to be ready to undertake the RICS Associate assessment.

*In addition to the core and specialist units, a Personal Effectiveness/Study Skills unit is delivered across the two-year taught programme. This unit covers IT skills, literacy, numeracy, reflective practice and study skills.

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.

Surveying Technician Building Surveying Pathway

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the right to work in England, spend at least 50% of their working hours in England, 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:

  • Been accepted upon a Surveying Technician Apprenticeship
    and
  • Achieved five GCSEs at Grade C (or at grade 4 under the new grading system) or higher, including maths and English (or have an accepted equivalent maths and English qualification*)
    or
  • Prior attainment at full Level 2** or higher and meet the requirements above for maths and English.

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)
    or
  • Has prior attainment at full Level 2 or higher (excluding maths and English)
    and
  • Has an accepted Level 2 maths or English qualification or higher
    and
  • Has, through BKSB initial assessment, demonstrated a working level of Level 2
    or
  • 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 the relevant mathematics or English subject within 12 months of the commencement of the programme.

* As defined in Annex G: Table of equivalent qualifications accepted for the purposes of prior attainment.

**As defined in ILR Specification 2017 to 2018.

Surveying Technician Building Surveying Pathway

Key information

Award:

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:

2018/19: Apply by 26 November 2018 to start week commencing 14 January 2019*

2019/20: Apply by 19 August 2019 to start 30 September 2019.

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.

* Please note: Apprentices commencing their programme in January 2019 will follow a slightly condensed year 1 delivery schedule to enable progression to year 2 in autumn 2019.

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.

The Surveying Technician Diploma element of the apprenticeship typically requires 7-10 hours of study a week for 42 weeks per annum – 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 7-credit Diploma unit is based upon 70 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 (50 hours)
  • Self-directed learning hours (20 hours)

The guided learning hours will be delivered through a blended approach of online study via the UCEM Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and attendance at a series of monthly 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.