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Surveyor FAQs

How much is it to join the RPSA?

It’s free for students and just £180 per year, or £15 a month, for Full or Technical membership. Affiliate firms pay £500 per year. 

What’s included in my membership?

  • Membership of RPSA Panel (subject to use of approved survey software and products)  - available for Full members only until late 2022
  • Use of MRPSA or RPSATech post-nominal initials
  • Use of RPSA logo on your website and correspondence
  • Access to bespoke Terms and Conditions (subject to availability)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Complaints Handling Policy
  • The Property Ombudsman scheme
  • Competitive PI
  • Promotional video to embed on your website
  • Discounts at Conference and CPD/training events
  • Business support and guidance 

What benefits do I get as a Technical member?

For consumers it can be confusing trying to differentiate professional service providers from those who are less reliable.

Whether you provide snagging, energy efficiency, inventory, dilapidations, insurance assessment, or timber and damp surveying services, displaying the RPSA logo will separate you from the crowd and mark you out as a practitioner who promotes the highest industry standards.

RPSA is a brand that is recognised as a trusted mark of quality by consumers and industry stakeholders alike. Aligning to the RPSA bestows on members a badge of professionalism that wins more business and secures higher fees.

During 2022 the RPSA will be developing a toolkit of support for Technical members to match that already available to full members. 

How are the differing skills of Technical members supported?

Technical members of RPSA include those involved in skills ranging from snagging to energy assessment, inventories, dilapidations, insurance assessment, timber and damp etc.

For each established skill sector there is an Advisory Group tasked with creating the support framework relevant to that activity, reporting directly into the RPSA Council. In this way, during 2022 the RPSA will build a strong structure to enhance the quality and professionalism offered by RPSA members. 

What are the benefits of Affiliate membership for firms?

For firms with a minimum of 3 relevant active surveyors and where 50% or more of those surveyors are Full or Technical members of the RPSA, Affiliate membership demonstrates that you uphold the standards of conduct and professionalism of the RPSA.

The RPSA logo is a trusted mark that consumers recognise and value.

Being affiliated to the RPSA links a firm to the leading professional association representing residential surveying, helping consumers identify those firms who can be trusted and relied upon to deliver a quality service and to work to the highest standards in their sector.

Won’t membership of the RPSA conflict with my other professional accreditations?

No. While membership of the RPSA can be a stand alone professional accreditation, the ethics and standards of the RPSA match or exceed those of all other mainstream professional associations in the property sector. We already work closely with many of those organisations and RPSA provides the specialist residential focus that other, more generalist, organisations do not offer. 

Can I offer a full range of products as an RPSA member?

Members should only ever work within their competency, so product availability will depend on your membership grade and experience.

RPSA standards facilitate Full members to offer Home Buyers/Condition Surveys, Building Surveys, Buy To Let Surveys and Snagging Reports, subject to their competency.

Technical members can offer products consistent with their individual knowledge and experience. 

If I have questions or problems, do I speak to a person or a computer?

The RPSA is a "people first" organisation, run for surveyors, by surveyors. No matter what the issue we are always on the end of a phone ready to chat. And our regular Meet & Greet free social events are an opportunity for you to meet up with RPSA officers and like-minded professionals in a relaxed and social atmosphere. 

How do I get work from the RPSA Panel?

The RPSA Panel puts more than £1million a year into the pockets of its’ members.
Until late 2022, access to the panel is only open to Full members.

To join you will need to provide evidence of your work, current PI insurance and the postcodes in which you would be happy to receive offers of survey instructions.

You will also need to be able to submit survey reports using the associated Skyline* survey writing system.

* Skyline Surveyors Ltd is a separate company offering an online survey writing platform, created to meet the needs of the RPSA Panel. Skyline services are optionally available for your own private work. There are no set-up fees or training costs. Further details on request to info@skylinesurveyors.co.uk

Is RPSA Panel work confirmed instructions or leads to be converted?

Acting as an agent on behalf of surveyors, the RPSA Panel offers members the opportunity to receive fully converted offers of survey instructions. The Panel service to members negotiates survey pricing, confirms instructions, delivers terms and conditions, and receives payment. After confirming acceptance of an instruction offer, surveyors simply book the inspection, complete the survey report and upload it to the bespoke instruction management system, together with their invoice, for prompt payment of the pre-agreed fee, within a maximum of 30 days (but usually within 7 days). 

Where does the RPSA Panel work come from?

Enquiries for surveys to the RPSA Panel are from a number of sources including national panel managers, leading High St banks and lenders, links from trusted resources such as Gov.uk, and Which?, the RPSA website, and returning clients, happy with the service and survey report they received on an earlier occasion.

Is it difficult to get Professional Indemnity Insurance?

The RPSA works closely with insurers to ensure that members have access to competitively priced Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance. In fact, because RPSA surveyor members work to the highest standards in the industry, completing full and thorough inspections on every occasion, insurers look favourably on RPSA members, and even offer a discount for using the associated survey writing software system. 

I’m a new entrant to the industry. Will the RPSA be able to help me?

Yes. Much of our activity is focused on helping those new to the industry, or those embarking on a career as independent practitioner after working for a corporate employer, to establish their own thriving local business. Within your standard membership fee we offer a complete “toolkit” of support, advice, guidance, standards, documentation and knowledge.