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How can I become a chartered surveyor? Meet Tom Mason and Andy Lowe

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2 July 2020

Harper graduates go on to have exciting and fulfilling careers, working in the industries that support the supply chain and using their degrees to achieve great things. Training and learning never stop however as there are always new skills to learn to compliment their core skill set.

Tom Mason and Andy Lowe are advocates of this, sharing how they achieved a route to success with Forge Property Consultants. They wrote:

Good surveyors have a range of skills and knowledge. As a surveyor, you’ll need to be thorough, with a keen eye for detail. You will need to have good people skills, be a strong negotiator and be able to communicate your thoughts in a variety of ways.

The most straightforward route to become a surveyor is to go to university. You’ll need to gain a degree or other professional qualification approved by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, in a subject such as surveying, construction or building engineering. If you already have a degree in another subject, you could take an accredited postgraduate course. In terms of entry requirements, two or three A levels, or the equivalent, is needed for a degree, or a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course. 

At Harper, our land and property management degree pathways showcase the diverse world encompassed by protecting our heritage and shaping the future. From environmental land management through to real estate, our lecturers share a range of skills that help our students become ready for the workplace. Starting out by learning about economics, ecology and estate management, students have completed their degrees with exciting research projects such as the ones by Jamie and Caryss.

With a pathway for all kinds of interests, students can specialise and diversify their knowledge over the course of their degree, using close links with industry to put their learning into practise. Furthermore, with our Real Estate, Rural Enterprise and Land Management and Rural Property Management degrees all accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, students are assured that their knowledge is relevant and current to their future career pathways.

As graduates themselves, Tom and Andy have seen the benefit of this as they continued on their training. Tom graduated from his BSc (Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management degree in 2013, completing his APC in 2014 to become a chartered surveyor and is also a RICS Registered Valuer. Specialising in the Water Industry Act, Tom has been developing Forge from the Staffordshire office since 2017.

Andy joined the team in 2018, graduating with his BSc (Hons) Rural Property Management degree. His position was offered to him following his placement year work experience with Forge. He is now working towards his APC exams to become a RICS Registered Valuer. He specialises in valuation and residential sales and lettings while working alongside Tom on a large water project.

While both promoted the need to pass the APC exams, their foundational learning came from Harper, helping them to understand and prepare to become RICS members. To read more about the work of Tom and Andy at Forge, click here.

Intrigued by a career in chartered surveying? Join us at our Virtual Open Day, July 22, to find out more about our degree pathway options to become part of an ever evolving industry where no two days are the same.

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