We have several membership assessments - see which one suits you.

Your membership assessment will depend on your professional experience, the qualifications you hold and your current employment. Use our join wizard to find out which route is right for you.

Membership is only awarded to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • Education - the individual must hold a relevant bachelor's-level qualification and/or an RICS-recognised professional designation
  • Experience - A period of relevant experience is required
  • Ethics - the individual agrees to be accountable to a strict code of conduct
  • Evaluation - most individuals complete written submissions and a final assessment interview to communicate professional and technical competence

How to qualify – Assessment of professional competence (APC)

The APC, which leads to chartered status, is open to anyone who has a degree or equivalent professional qualification.

Eligibility criteria

To start the APC you would need to have one of the following:

  • an accredited degree
  • be in the final year of a part time accredited degree
  • a bachelor’s degree with at least five years’ experience.

What do I need to do?

To qualify as a chartered surveyor you will need to demonstrate your competence in your chosen pathway. This is done through written submission and a final assessment interview. You will need to provide:

  • A summary of your experience against the competencies set out in your chosen pathway – 3,000 to 4,000 words on the technical competencies and 1,500 words on the mandatory competencies
  • A case study of 3,000 words on one of your recent projects which demonstrate your technical ability
  • A record of 20-48 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) annually (depending on your level of elegibility)

How long will it take me to qualify?

Depending on the eligibility criteria you fit into, you can qualify within 1-5 years.

What do I have to do next?

Once you have chosen the pathway you want to complete, you will need to enrol for the APC. Before you enrol, you will need to:

  • obtain proof of your relevant qualification(s)
  • you will need to have an RICS member as a counsellor who will support you through the assessment. You will need your counsellor’s RICS membership number
  • decide on your preferred payment method.

You are now ready to enrol. Use our join wizard to find out which route is right for you.

Senior professionals

To encourage greater diversity and recognise career achievement, RICS offers a route to membership specifically designed for senior professionals.

Senior professionals may be either:

  • leaders, operating at a senior level within an organisation, exercising extensive leadership and management skills, or
  • expert specialists, recognised for their depth of knowledge and expertise in their specialist area.

You may be both senior in management terms and an acknowledged expert in a technical field. However, your application should identify which one is your particular strength.

If you are senior in terms of high-level leadership and management, your assessment will focus on management skills.

If you are senior in terms of specialist expertise the focus of your assessment will be on your technical specialism.

Use our join wizard to see if you meet our senior professional criteria.

Direct entry

You may be eligible for direct entry to chartered membership and could qualify without having to undertake the written submission.

Get in touch

You can get help from the central team

 Membership team
t +44 (0)24 7686 8433
e join@rics.org
Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm UK time

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