Every sector uses property assets and needs property-related expertise. The employers of property surveyors range from small practices to large surveying firms, government agencies, academic institutions, private individuals and multinationals. Advice can be provided in-house or by private consultants on a contract basis. Surveying is also a pathway to entrepreneurship.
To become a qualified and professionally competent quantity surveyor or property consultant and valuer, the candidate will need to pursue the following career path:
- Academic Qualifications
A candidate will need to pursue a course of study in property or real estate, either full time or by distance learning with an academic institution of higher learning in Malaysia, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand or Singapore that are accredited by the Board of Valuers, Appraisers & Estate Agents Malaysia to obtain the academic qualifications required by the board for registration as a registered property surveyor/valuer qualified to practice in Malaysia.
A graduate who does not hold a qualification as mentioned above shall have the option to qualify as a property surveyor and become a member of RISM through the conduct of the RISM Professional examinations. The Board of Examination, RISM oversees the conduct of the examination and those seeking to sit for the professional examinations could contact the Royal Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia.
- Postgraduate Work Experience
A graduate who holds a relevant Degree or Diploma from an accredited institution of higher learning, prior to registration as a registered property surveyor or valuer will be required to complete two years of “Postgraduate Work Experience” under the supervision of a registered practitioner in the property surveying field. During the two years of supervised work experience, he/she will be required to gain experience in all aspects of the work of his/her profession.
Personal Characteristics and Aptitudes
A property surveyor or property consultant and valuer is a professional who should be a person of high integrity, able and willing to perform his duties with the highest principle, ethically and honesty expected of a professional. Candidates should be mathematics inclined, though not an absolute necessity. They should have an analytical and critical mind with the ability to size up situations logically to form sound and reasoned opinions.
Surveying offers a mix of commerce and social interaction – suitable for those who like a combination of indoor and outdoor activities in project planning, management, negotiations and advising.