Insurance & Superannuation
Insurance Risk Surveyor
Insurance risk surveyors inspect buildings, vehicles and other items to be insured, identify risks and advise on risk improvement.
What does an Insurance Risk Surveyor do?
Insurance risk surveyors inspect buildings, vehicles and other items to be insured, identify risks and advise on risk improvement. They also prepare reports that influence insurers' decisions on risk acceptance and premiums. Insurance risk surveyors are also known as insurance risk consultants or insurance risk advisers.
As an insurance risk surveyor, you would :
- examine buildings and building systems to assess the risks to the building and/or its contents
- assess the possible risks to staff and customers to a place of business
- make sure that companies have introduced security, safety and occupational health procedures to minimise risk
- assist companies to identify and put in place the correct risk management plans
- write reports for insurance underwriters.
Key skills and interests
To become an insurance risk surveyor, you would need:
- an understanding of building regulations
- an understanding of occupational health and safety regulations
- strong attention to detail
- a methodical approach to information gathering
- good communication and negotiation skills
- a tactful but assertive manner.
Working hours and conditions
You would usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time work is often available.
You would work both in an office and at the sites you were inspecting. This may include working outdoors in all weather conditions and at heights.
You would usually work for insurance companies, insurance brokers, specialist surveying firms or government authorities.
How to become an Insurance Risk Surveyor?
Entry Level Education
Insurance risk surveyor are often insurance underwriters, or qualified surveyors or engineers, with specialised skills.
To become an insurance underwriter, surveyor or engineer, you need a degree level qualification in a relevant area such as management, business studies, economics, or engineering / surveying. To get into these courses, you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.
Employment of insurance risk surveyors is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations.