Pathways and competencies: Shaping the professionals of the future

In collaboration with RICS professionals, we have reviewed our pathways to professional qualification, which define the knowledge, skills, experience and competence required to become a chartered surveyor. Competencies are a mix of technical and professional practice, business, interpersonal, and management skills, which can be applied to different areas of practice and geographical locations.

The new framework will launch on 1 August 2018. We’re publishing the new content now so, if you’re a candidate, employer, assessor or have an interest in RICS assessments, you can see the changes made.

Any candidates already enrolled on the current set of pathway guides, or who enrol onto the current framework before 1 August can continue as normal, and will be able to come forward for assessment on their current pathway. We expect the last assessments to take place on the current version in late 2020.

For a more detailed explanation of the changes taking place, please click here.

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  • Building Control
    Building control

    Building Control

    Building control surveying gives its professionals the opportunity to work on a huge range of building types as part of a normal day.

  • Building Surveying
    Building surveying

    Building Surveying

    Building surveying is one of the widest areas of surveying practice. Building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions.

  • Commercial Real Estate
    Commercial property

    Commercial Real Estate

    The work of surveyors in this area covers all types of real estate used for business purposes. The principal sectors within commercial real estate are retail, office, industrial and leisure.

  • Corporate Real Estate

    Corporate Real Estate

    The work of Chartered Surveyors in the area of Corporate Real Estate (CRE) involves ensuring that the property requirements of an organisation are met as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Environmental Surveying

    Environmental Surveying

    Every chartered surveyor must consider the environmental factors within the parameters of their profession.

  • Facilities Management
    Facilities management

    Facilities Management

    Facilities management (FM) is the total management of all services and built environment infrastructure that support the core business of an organisation.

  • Geomatics


    Geomatics is the science and study of spatially related information focusing on the collection, interpretation/analysis and presentation of the natural, built, social and economic environments.

  • Infrastructure


    Infrastructure includes a wide range of sub-sectors and this pathway covers the global delivery of projects in this arena.

  • Land and Resources

    Land and Resources

    The Land and Resources pathway is designed to be applicable across a wide-ranging group of land and resource related sectors.

  • Management Consultancy
    Management consultancy

    Management Consultancy

    Management consultants provide independent, impartial advice in all areas of the business and real estate lifecycle. In the main they identify and implement business solutions to real estate problems.

  • Minerals and Waste Management
    Minerals & waste

    Minerals and Waste Management

    Minerals are the raw materials needed to supply the construction and manufacturing industry and provide fuel for the world’s energy requirements.

  • Personal Property / Arts and Antiques
    Personal property

    Personal Property / Arts and Antiques

    The personal property / arts and antiques (PP/AA) market is diverse. At one end are the collections in museums and/or in other private/ public ownership, together with art and antiques owned by private individuals.

  • Planning and Development
    Planning & development

    Planning and Development

    The planning and development pathway is a wide-ranging specialist area that is concerned with both the highly strategic policy issues as well as more operational aspects of land and real estate use and development.

  • Project Management
    Project management

    Project Management

    Project managers occupy a central role in the development process driving successful completion of projects.

  • Property Finance and Investment

    Property Finance and Investment

    Property investment takes many forms, ranging from the traditional, direct ownership and trading of tenanted land and buildings, to contemporary capital markets where property revenues are traded as securities or indeed derivatives.

  • Quantity Surveying and Construction
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Quantity Surveying and Construction

    Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction.

  • Residential
    Residential property


    The Residential pathway covers residential property and housing management and development.

  • Rural


    The countryside is ever evolving and professional advice on how emerging regulations and practices affect a client’s business plans has never been more valuable.

  • Taxation Allowances
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Taxation Allowances

    Taxation allowances surveyors combine the skills of a Quantity Surveyor with their knowledge of construction and experience of legislation, accounting and investment.

  • Valuation


    Valuation is a core skill of many RICS members and forms part of the professional services provided by RICS members.

  • Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets

    Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets

    Business valuation is a core skill of many valuers and forms part of the professional services provided by many RICS members.