Many of our members undertake specialist qualifications to become chartered in their field. These qualifications are also known as chartered alternative designations.

Not all RICS members have a chartered alternative designation. However, all must abide by our regulations.

Associate members (AssocRICS) work as hands-on specialists, but do not have a chartered alternative designation. They often work alongside members at Member (MRICS) and Fellow (FRICS) levels offering support, advice and specialist knowledge.

Chartered surveyors who have joined and maintain their membership of the requisite professional group, are entitled to use a number of alternative chartered designations.

Where a professional group holds more than one designation, a member may choose to use only one of those designations.

Subject to the above, the present position on the existing and proposed rights of such chartered surveyors is set out below, along with the rights of firms who can call themselves chartered surveyors to use the equivalent alternative designation.

Professional group  Specialist qualification/ alternative designation
Arts & Antiques
  • Chartered Arts and Antiques Surveyor

    Valuation, buying and selling, auctioning and managing antiques, fine arts
Building Control
  • Chartered Building Control Surveyor 

    Building regulations, fire engineering, environmental conservation, structural engineering, construction technology and public health
Building Surveying
  • Chartered Building Surveyor

    Management and maintenance, design, insurance assessments, condition surveys, statutory approvals and defect diagnosis
Commercial Property
  • Chartered Commercial Property Surveyor

    Real estate management, landlord and tenant representation, investment and financial appraisal, dispute resolution
Quantity Surveying & construction
  • Chartered Construction Surveyor
  • Chartered Quantity Surveyor
  • Chartered Engineering Surveyor 

    Development and construction commercial management, estimating, project cost and schedule controls, risk and contract management
Dispute Resolution Supports members involved in all areas of dispute resolution including conflict avoidance, arbitration, adjudication, mediation and expert witness services
  • Chartered Environmental Surveyor
  • Chartered Forestry Surveyor  

    Managing and assessing the impact of real estate and land use on the environment; sustainability, contamination, regeneration and land management
Facilities Management
  • Chartered Facilities Management Surveyor 

    Infrastructure management and operations, performance-oriented procurement, life cycle costing and service management
  • Chartered Land Surveyor
  • Chartered Hydrographic Surveyor
  • Chartered Engineering Surveyor 

    Collection, analysis, interpretation of spatial information, land and hydrographical surveying, mapping and positioning, boundaries and data management
Machinery & Business Assets
  • Chartered Machinery and Valuation Surveyor 

    Management, calculation and sale of business assets, plant and machinery, depreciation advice, insurance, rating and tax
Management Consultancy
  • Chartered Management Consultancy Surveyor 

    Business property solutions, management and practice, strategic advice, corporate and personal insolvency, and turnaround management
Minerals & Waste Management
  • Chartered Minerals Surveyor 

    Minerals extraction planning, valuation, rating and planning, waste management, landfill and landfill tax, valuation and licensing
Planning & Development
  • Chartered Planning & Development Surveyor 

    Real estate valuation, easements, transport and infrastructure, marine and inland water resource management
Project Management
  • Chartered Project Management Surveyor

    Planning and implementing development projects, team creation and management, implementing procedures and efficient handover of the finished project
Residential Property
  • Chartered Valuation Surveyor 

    Investment and development of public and private residential properties; brokerage, valuation, negotiations and asset management
  • Chartered Forestry Surveyor 

    Managing and valuing rural land, agriculture, forestry and woodland, farm management, appraisal, access and easement negotiations and environmental assessment
  • Chartered Valuation Surveyor  

    Appraisal of land, real estate and businesses for sale, letting of investment, measurement, performance assessment, funding strategies and expert witness services

How to apply

Any member wishing to apply for an alternative designation should email including an up-to-date CV and short covering note detailing the designation they wish to apply for.

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