If anyone is offering their professional services, no matter the industry they’re in, it pays to become certified. In the surveying world, becoming accredited means being accepted as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
This institute gives the most important certification for surveyors, and becoming part of it can provide a world of benefits. RICS was founded in London, in 1868, and now has over 100,000 members worldwide.
So why should you choose certified surveyors to work with, instead of someone without a qualification?
Simply put, anyone working with a RICS-accredited property surveyor can have the peace of mind of knowing that they’re working with someone who has the necessary training and knowledge to perform the best possible surveys. This is due to the fact that applicants need to undergo formalised training and have a minimum degree to even be considered for membership. They also have to go through a final examination.
All of this can assure you that the surveyor you’re working with has been recognised by the highest authority in the property industry.
Another advantage of working with a member of RICS is that the institute ensure the appropriate regulation is maintained. This means that you can be confident the surveying works you’re getting are in agreement with strict practices and regulations. If something went wrong for any reason, you’d be able to easily pursue a complaint.
Being part of RICS can offer status to any company in the property industry. After all, this certification is prestigious and showcases that the practices of the company you’re working with are professional and ethical – and can deliver the best possible work.
Many, if not all, surveying companies want to become a member of RICS for the advantages it offers, including the fact that it can command respect from clients and peers in the industry.
The importance of certification is clear, then. Professional standards are vital to the property industry, as clients across the globe are increasingly seeking a higher degree of certainty and professionalism from the surveyors they work with.
Attaining a RICS qualification can provide companies with a professional competitive advantage, at the same time that you can have the confidence of knowing your surveyor follows the highest standards of competence and integrity at all times.