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Independent/Freelance Surveyor & Consultant Membership Information

An Independent/Freelance Surveyor or Consultant member is defined as an individual who offers a specialist surveying service, but do not undertake any building preservation/remedial or weed control work. They are defined as follows:

Independent Surveyor Member

An Independent Surveyor is an individual who offers a specialist surveying service and has no declared Commercial Link with any organisation or individual that derives profit or gain from the undertaking of building preservation work.

Freelance Surveyor Member

A Freelance surveyor is an individual who offers a specialist surveying service but has a Commercial Link or interest with one or more organisations or individuals that derives profit or gain from the undertaking of building preservation work.

Consultant Member

An individual who offers a specialist building preservation consultancy including surveying and site investigation services but will not provide estimates for rectification or undertake any repair works. Consultants are deemed to have the ability to act as an independent witness in litigation cases and are able to produce CPR 35 compliant reports in accordance with civil procedures.

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Click on the button below to apply for Independent/Freelance Membership Status either by applying 'online' or by downloading the application form.

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Criteria for membership

Independent/Freelance Surveyors and Consultants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold the relevant qualification(s) in the sector they wish to be involved in
  • Have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in the industry
  • Hold Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance

Consultants must also:

  • Be able to produce analytical reports which demonstrates their ability to interpret data obtained from laboratory analyses.
  • Have undertaken training and be competent in producing CPR 35 compliant reports in accordance with civil procedures.

Independent/Freelance Surveyor and Consultant membership is given to the individual only. If employed by a Surveying practice with more than one Surveyor, each individual Surveyor must undergo the application process in order to gain membership of the PCA.

Independent/Freelance Surveyors and Consultant members must not undertake any remedial works and cannot apply for a separate Contractor membership.

Some of the benefits of membership

With more and more specifiers insisting a PCA member is used to undertake surveys and works, membership of the Association will drive more business and profitability to your company.  Your membership will also give you access to discounted Insurance Back Guarantees (IBGs), representation from a very active Trade Association, technical help and advice, and a host of other benefits.  Contractor members are also automatically listed under the Government's 'TrustMark' scheme (the only Government endorsed quality scheme for work carried out in or around your home). 

Contractor members are eligible for discounted rates on all PCA training, examinations, conferences and other events.

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A bit about the membership process...

Membership is only granted to individuals who are suitably qualified and experienced, and can demonstrate they meet a number of criteria.  

If you feel you meet the standards for 'Independent/Freelance Surveyor and Consultant membership, please click on the button below to begin your application. 

For those looking to find out a bit more regarding the Aims and Regulations of the Association, click the links below:

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Have a question or just want to speak to someone

If you have a question or query about membership, our membership process or the many benefits of PCA membership, then our team is here to help.

Simply give us a call on 01480 400000 or complete our enquiry form below and we will get back to you.

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