How to become a Building Surveyor

Building surveyors advise on, interpret and enforce laws and regulations regarding building construction and safety.

Personal requirements of a Building Surveyor

  • Enjoy technical work
  • Good communication skills
  • Management and leadership skills

Education & Training for a Building Surveyor

To become a building surveyor you usually have to complete a VET qualification in building surveying. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in building surveying, construction management, civil engineering or architecture. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics and physics are normally required. Applicants may be required to submit a folio of work and/or attend an interview. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Additional Information
All those who work in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (CIC). To work as a building surveyor you will need to be registered with the relevant body in your state or territory. There are different levels of accreditation based on levels of qualification, which determine the kind of work you can perform.
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