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What A level subjects are best for a career in property?

We often see people from diverse educational backgrounds but some of the more common subjects which are most relevant are Geography and Economics

Category: Qualifications, Education

Can I do an apprenticeship rather than go to university?

Yes.  Many of the apprenticeships that the Changing the Face of Property companies provide also offer the opportunity for you to study part-time so you can get a degree whilst working rather than going to university.

Category: Apprenticeships, Training

How much will I earn?

Salaries will be dependent on location and will differ from firm to firm. In London the average starting salaries for an apprentice are £14,000-19,000 and for Graduates its circa £27k,000. Once qualified you can expect to earn a minimum of £30,000 which will increase with experience and tenure.

Category: Salary, Careers

What is Changing the Face of Property?

It is a group of the major property firms in the UK, working together to raise awareness of the great career opportunities available across the property professions.

We launched this diversity initiative in 2012 and our membership doubled in 2014.

Category: About Us

How does Changing the Face of Property fit with Property Needs You?

Property Needs You is the brand name used by the following groups:

  • Changing the Face of Property – Property firms
  • Pathways to Property – Summer School and work experience programme for Year 12 students hosted by the Reading Real Estate Foundation
  • Surveying the Future – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) diversity initiative 
  • Future Planners – Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) diversity initiative

As Property Needs You we attend exhibitions, student careers fairs, careers guidance shows and other similar events offering careers advice and raising awareness of the property professions.

Category: About Us

What is a Surveyor and what do they do?

Surveyors are essentially professionals in the property industry who measure, value, protect and enhance all the world’s physical assets.

Physical assets can mean anything from city skyscrapers to sporting stadiums, forests to festival sites, shopping centres to the homes we live in. 

To learn more about the different types of surveying careers take a look at our Career Profiles.

Category: Careers

What is a Planner, and what do they do?

Planners help to physically shape our environment to make the places where we live, work and play better. They work on major projects (the London Olympics 2012), help design skylines, and tackle big issues like climate change, as well as getting involved in things like house extensions. Planning is a very broad profession and planners work in public, private and voluntary sectors, or as self-employed consultants or researchers. They can also become involved in major projects throughout the world, so you could work overseas. To learn more about planning careers, take a look at our Career Profiles.

Category: Careers

Do I need a degree to become a Chartered Planner or Surveyor?

The fastest route to qualification as a Chartered Planner or Surveyor is with a degree, however there are other pathways into property, including via an experience pathway.  Further routes to qualification can be found on the RICS and RTPI website. 

All Changing the Face of Property firms offer a range of apprenticeships.  Further information is available from their careers sites which can accessed via this website.

There are many other careers within the property industry if you are intersted in the sector as a whole rather than specifically as a Surveyor or Planner.

Category: Qualifications

How do I find out about property degree courses?

A list of RICS accredited property degrees is available on the RICS website - www.rics.org/courses

A list of RTPI accredited planning degrees is available on the RTPI website - http://www.rtpi.org.uk/education-and-careers/find-a-course/

Category: Qualifications

Can I apply for an apprenticeship if I already have a degree?

Yes, you can have an existing degree and still apply for an Apprenticeship provided there is a significant new learning.  For example, you couldn’t apply for a surveying apprenticeship if you already had a surveying degree; but you could have a degree in a non-property related degree and still apply and receive funding.      

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Category: Apprenticeships, Qualifications

What is NARA?

NARA is The Professional Association of Property & Fixed Charge Receivers.

Category: Glossary

What is MRICS?

MRICS stands for the Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  It is the qualification achieved by surveyors undertaking the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Category: Qualifications, Glossary

What is the APC?

The APC is the Assessment of Professional Competence.  It is the title used by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) for the professional assessment of candidates to become chartered.

You will need a RICS accredited degree or diploma and complete a minimum of two years of structured training and work experience before you can sit the APC Final Assessment (the RICS professional assessment interview) and become MRICS.  The APC is to ensure you are competent to practise as a chartered surveyor. For more information go to www.rics.org

You will need an RTPI accredited degree and complete a minimum of two years of structured training and work experience before you can apply to become MRTPI.  The APC is to ensure you are competent to practise as a chartered town planner.  For more information go to www.rtpi.org.uk

If you are on a Surveying or Planning apprenticeship, the APC will run concurrently with your degree studies.

Category: Qualifications, Glossary

What is the MRTPI?

Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.  It is the qualification achieved by graduate planning consultants undertaking the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

Category: Qualifications, Glossary

How long does it take to become a Chartered Surveyor?

The length of time depends on your education level.

The minimum length is 2 years and you would have completed a property degree (Bsc or Msc), joined a graduate scheme and undertaken the Assessment of Professional Competence (see What is the APC for further information).  You can also complete a part-time MSc degree alongside your APC in the same 2 year span if you have a prior non-RICS accredited undergraduate degree.  If you are studying your Msc full-time, you will need to complete your degree before commencing the APC.

If you do not have a degree, it could take between 5-8 years as you will need to undertake a part time property degree, or complete an Apprenticeship, both of which could be sponsored by your employer, in addition to undertaking the APC.

Category: Qualifications, Education, Training, Careers

How long does it take to become a Chartered Town Planner?

There are different ways to become a Chartered Member of the RTPI. The minimum amount of time is 2 years following a RTPI fully accredited degree (for a list of degree courses visit the RTPI website). Alternatively, you can become an Associate and then gain at least 2 years’ experience in order to apply for chartered membership. It takes between 2 – 7 years' of experience before you can become an Associate, dependent on your educational background.

Category: Qualifications, Education, Training

Are there apprenticeships in Town Planning?

Yes. The Chartered Town Planner Apprenticeship is a real job in planning which enables you to earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications as you go. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will give you professional recognition and status as a qualified planner.  You will end up as a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) having gained practical experience in the work place and passed an RTPI accredited degree.  

This apprenticeship has two possible entry points and will typically take 3-6 years overall, depending on prior qualifications. Apprentices will be assessed through a Professional Discussion and the RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence.

Category: Apprenticeships, Qualifications, Training

 
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