Quick answers to some of the most common questions about RICS qualifications.

How do I find out if I am eligible for an RICS qualification?

To determine the most suitable assessment type and find the right RICS qualification for you visit our online qualification wizard.

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What are the benefits of RICS status?

An RICS qualification demonstrates that you work to the highest standard of excellence and integrity. Learn the five benefits of achieving RICS status.

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What is the Associate qualification?

The Associate qualification demonstrates your competence for a commercial or technical role. It is suitable for those with work-based experience or vocational qualifications. When you achieve this qualification you will be able to use the designation AssocRICS. For further information on entry requirements and how to enrol today visit our AssocRICS webpage.

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What does the Associate qualification include?

To qualify as an Associate you will need to demonstrate your competence in your chosen pathway.

The assessment for the Associate qualification includes:

  • Written summary of experience – 3,000 word summary of your experience against competencies set out in your chosen pathway. 2,000 words on the technical requirements and 1,000 words on mandatory requirements
  • Case study – 2,500 words on one of your recent projects which demonstrates your technical ability 
  • CPD – a record of 48 hours of CPD for the last 12 months
  • Ethics test – All candidates need to complete and pass our online ethics test

For more information download the Associate Assessment Candidate Guide.

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What is the Chartered qualification?

The Chartered qualification demonstrates your competence for a strategic advisory or leadership role. It is suitable for those with academic qualifications or senior characteristics.  When you achieve this qualification you will be able to use the designation MRICS.

To see if you are eligible for this qualification visit our MRICS webpage.

For specific details on the senior characteristics see how to apply for Senior Professional Assessment.

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What does the Chartered qualification include?

The Chartered qualification involves completing an online ethics module and the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), which demonstrates your competence in your chosen pathway in order to become a chartered surveyor (MRICS).

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What does the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) include?

The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) is made up of:

  • Written summary of experience – 4,000 words on how you meet the technical competencies and 1,500 words on how you meet the mandatory competencies
  • Case study – 3,000 words about a project you have worked on focusing on the technical competencies
  • Professional interview – A 60 minute interview includes a 10 minute presentation based on your case study, 10 minutes of questions on your presentation and 35 minutes of questions on the mandatory technical and ethical competencies
  • CPD – An up to date record of your CPD is required. Review the APC candidate guide for the minimum number of hours of CPD that is required

For more detailed information download the APC Candidate Guide from our APC Candidate Support webpage.

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Which pathway should I choose?

For guidance on Associate and Chartered pathways view the pathway guides.

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How to apply for Senior Professional Assessment?

The Senior Professional Assessment recognises that individuals working at a senior level within land, property, infrastructure and construction may be able to become RICS qualified based on their experience and knowledge. To apply you first you’ll need to prove eligibility by demonstrating that you have the required senior characteristics. For more details on this download the Senior Professional Assessment guidance for applicants.

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What do I need to enrol online?

When enrolling on to an RICS qualification online you will need the following details to hand:

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How do I enrol online?

You can enrol online today to the Associate and Chartered qualification by clicking on the links on our Chartered qualification MRICS and Associate qualification AssocRICS webpages and selecting the relevant link depending on your level of education and experience.

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What is a counsellor?

All Associate assessment and Chartered assessment candidates must appoint a counsellor who is RICS qualified. Their role is to support candidates and guide them throughout their journey and sign them off as competent before submitting for assessment.

Counsellors for the Associate qualification must be AssocRICS qualified for at least four 4 years, MRICS or FRICS. Counsellors for the Chartered qualification must be MRICS or FRICS.

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Do I qualify for direct entry?

RICS recognise certain qualifications as giving exemptions to some of our entry or assessment requirements. Visit our professional bodies webpage for more details on the direct entry qualifications.

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Is my degree RICS accredited?

For a list of current RICS accredited courses visit our RICS courses webpages.

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I am currently studying an RICS accredited degree via part time or distance learning; do I have to wait until I graduate to enrol on the Chartered qualification?

No, if you are studying a RICS accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree via part time or distance learning you can enrol on to the APC qualification today. Select the relevant option depending on your experience on our Chartered qualification MRICS webpage.

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My degree is not RICS accredited but I have at least 5 years surveying experience, am I eligible to enrol on the Chartered qualification?

Yes, as long as at least 1 year of your surveying experience is post-graduation you can apply for APC. Visit our Chartered qualification MRICS webpage for the link to enrol online today.

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I have a relevant degree but it is not RICS accredited; am I eligible for an RICS qualification?

Yes, if you have a relevant degree, and at least 1 year’s surveying experience, you can apply for our Associate qualification. For further information on entry requirements and to enrol online visit our AssocRICS webpage.

If you have a relevant degree and at least 5 years surveying experience you can apply for our Chartered qualification. For more information on entry requirements and to enrol online visit our MRICS webpage.

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I do not have a degree and I am not currently studying for one, is there an RICS qualification available to me?

Yes, if you do not have a degree and not currently studying towards one then you can apply for our Associate qualification.

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I am eligible for direct entry to the Associate qualification; what does the ethics module require?

All RICS candidates must show their understanding of and commitment to RICS professional and ethical standards. The online ethics module takes approximately 3 hours to complete and comprises interactive learning modules and case studies.

Ready to enrol? Visit the AssocRICS webpage to enrol today and select the appropriate link for direct entry.

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How much does it cost?

All applicants are required to pay an application fee and a professional subscription fee. Once you have completed your qualification you will be required to pay full election fees. The fees change dependant on the type of qualification and whether you are applying through direct entry.

For more details of the costs of the Associate qualification download the Associate Enrolment Guide from the Associate qualification AssocRICS webpage.

For more details of the costs of our Chartered qualification download the APC Enrolment Guide from the Chartered qualification MRICS webpage.

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My company is interested in enrolling multiple employees onto an RICS qualification, what is the process for this?

Ask your employer to contact join@rics.org for options available.

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