Building control officer

building control surveyor
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What's it like?

You’d make sure that people involved in construction projects understand and apply the standards that make buildings safe.

You’d explain the details of the regulations clearly to public health, fire safety, energy conservation and building accessibility to the public and people working in construction.

You’d work with architects, designers, builders and engineers as they plan and construct building projects ranging from a small housing extension to a large city centre redevelopment.

You would:

  • Make sure building designs and plans meet regulations
  • Suggest ways to make the building project more cost-effective such as reducing the use of energy and water
  • Carry out regular site inspections at each stage of the building process
  • Write inspection reports and keep records
  • Issue completion certificates

If you decide that a building project doesn’t meet regulations, you could start legal proceedings to change or stop building work.

If a building has been damaged, for example by fire or bad weather, then you would survey the building and tell the owners what they need to do to make it safe. If it can’t be repaired then you’d approve its demolition.

You also check the safety at public venues like sports grounds, open-air events, cinemas and theatres and authorise entertainment licenses for events.

On all projects you’d need to take into account how your decisions will affect the contractors' time and costs.

Working conditions

Hours

You would normally work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may sometimes be on a 24-hour call-out rota, for example if the emergency services needed you to inspect an unstable building.

Environment

You will usually split your time between the office and site visits. You can be on site in all weather conditions and some jobs may involve working at heights on scaffolding or ladders.

Travel

You will usually split your time between the office and site visits.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Explaining things
  • Working as part of a team
  • Persuading people
  • Being tactful
  • Using computers
  • Finding solutions to problems

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Getting in

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Qualifications

You would need a Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7 ), Higher National Diploma (SCQF level 8) or honours degree (SCQF level 10).

You can enter Higher National Certificate (SCQF level 7) or Higher National Diploma courses (SCQF level 8) with National 4/5 qualifications and one to two Highers or equivalent qualifications.

The degree must be accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Entry to a degree programme accredited by RICS usually requires Nationals (SCQF level 5) and at least four Highers (SCQF level 6).

The degree should be followed by a period of supervised practical training (Assessment of Professional Competence).

Alternatively, a conversion course for graduates with a degree which is not RICS-accredited or, if you have over 10 years surveying-related experience, you can still qualify for membership (subject to conditions).

It is possible to gain direct entry into the job with National 5 and Higher qualifications followed by part-time study for a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma and a period of supervised structured training (Assessment of Technical Competence) as an Associate member of the RICS (AssocRICS). 

Useful subjects

  • English (required by most courses) 
  • Maths (required by most courses)
  • Science subjects
  • Technologies subjects

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show experience with the built environment such as Skills for Work Construction Crafts (SCQF level 4/5)

A driving licence is useful.