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A Career in Building Standards

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This page contains information on local authority building standards. Here you'll discover what it is that building standards surveyors do, information about building control qualifications, and much more.

First, what exactly do building standards surveyors do?

As a building standards surveyor you'll be employed by a local authority in the capacity of enforcing the Building Scotland Act and Building Scotland Regulations. You'll typically work as part of a team including technical support administrators and other surveyors of varying expertise and experience usually reporting to a building standards manager.

As part of your role, you'll provide an impartial, independent and accountable third-party service certifying that building work achieves compliance with minimum standards, namely those set out in the Building Regulations and Technical Handbooks

Building standards differs from other surveying roles in that building standards surveyors perform what is essentially an enforcement function, ensuring compliance through the Building Scotland Act 2003.

In addition to construction technology, a building standards surveyor requires a full working knowledge of the Building Regulations and associated legislation (in force at the time work has been carried out) in relation to areas such as structural, thermal, fire, acoustics, ventilation and inclusive design.

As this is a highly client-facing role you'll be an excellent communicator, diplomatic and assertive with the ability to remain impartial when using the powers conferred on you to prosecute if necessary, to protect the health and safety of people, and the wider environment.

Graduate Apprenticeship Degree - BSc (Hons) Building Standards (currently under development)

You'll will need to be currently employed within the built environment sector and work for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You'll also typically need a minimum of five Highers at Grade C or higher including Maths and English or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a construction or property related discipline. (Other relevant experience may also be considered.) 

The BSc (Hons) Degree in Building Standards will be delivered and awarded by apprenticeship training providers. The apprenticeship degree programme provides local authority employees with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to be a competent local authority building control surveyor.

Upon completion of the four-year 360 credit level 6 apprenticeship degree you'll gain a BSc (Hons) in Building Control Surveying.

Modern Apprenticeship (currently under development)

You'll will need to be currently employed within the built environment sector and work for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You'll also typically need a minimum of ?????? (Other relevant experience may also be considered.) 

The MA will be delivered and awarded by apprenticeship training providers. The apprenticeship programme provides local authority employees with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to progress to be a competent local authority building control surveyor.