The continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for RICS members changed on 1 January 2013. They are listed in the table below. For further help please download the frequently asked questions and examples of formal and informal learning at the bottom of this page.

All RICS members (AssocRICS, MRICS and FRICS) must record their CPD activity online. APC candidates should continue to record their activities on the APC templates.

CPD requirements for RICS members


All RICS members must undertake a minimum of 20 hours CPD each calendar year (January to December)


Of the 20 hours at least 10 hours must be formal CPD. The remainder can be informal CPD. (For guidance, see below and download examples.)


All RICS members must maintain a relevant and current understanding of RICS professional and ethical standards during a rolling three-year period.  Any learning undertaken in order to meet this requirement may count as formal CPD.


All RICS members must record their CPD activity online.

Formal CPD

Formal CPD can be any form of structured learning that has clear learning objectives and outcomes, such as a professional course, structured online training, technical authorship, learning that includes an assessment measure or self-managed learning that can be assessed by an expert third party

RICS may request to see verifiable evidence of any formal CPD activity; this may include proof of attendance on a course or at an event, or verification of assessment by a third party.

Informal CPD

Informal CPD is any self-managed learning that is relevant or related to your professional role. This could include activities such as private study, on-the-job training, attendance at informal seminars or events where the focus is on knowledge sharing.

Activities that do not count as CPD

Any CPD activity, whether formal or informal, should be planned wherever possible and be relevant to your role or specialism. Any activity that does not have a clear learning objective that relates to your role and specialism cannot be considered as appropriate CPD.

Activities such as networking, social events, informal team building or planning events and involvement on boards, committees or clubs that have little or no relevance to your professional role will not count towards your CPD requirements.

Mandatory CPD

All RICS members are required to undertake learning in relation to the RICS Global Professional and Ethical Standards at least once every three years. In keeping with current arrangements, members who are affiliated with statutory or RICS schemes are still required to comply with these schemes' specific CPD obligations. Scheme-specific CPD is counted as formal CPD.

Further guidance

Download frequently asked questions and examples of formal and informal learning above.

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