Education establishment accreditations exist to support students and existing professionals in preparing for RICS membership while undertaking academic and vocational courses on topics relating to the profession.

Partner University

Partnerships with universities represent the combined effort of a university and RICS to establish common goals and then to work together to achieve those goals in the development of new and existing courses for students wishing to work in the profession. RICS undertakes a rigorous process to select its university partners. Each partnership accredited course in each partner higher education institution is expected to meet five quality principles:

  1. Student selection Internationally respected standards are applied. The minimum level is broadly the average attainment for student selection across all student areas in the particular country.
  2. Innovation – All students are expected to be exposed to new ideas. Standards relate to the higher education institution’s engagement with high quality research.
  3. Teaching quality – All students should enjoy the highest quality teaching environment. Standards are broader than the quality of teachers and address the overall teaching and learning environment.
  4. Curriculum – This should be highly relevant to professional practice. The overall programme should prepare graduates for the profession.
  5. Graduate output – RICS requires access to high calibre graduate output. Quantifiable and measurable standards to meet the quality principles have been developed in each country that has adopted partnerships. The data is taken as far as possible from existing sources within the public domain.

Partnerships are in place in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the United States.

Partner university courses give students and graduates access to RICS membership via the graduate routes.

If you are interested in finding partner universities, visit www.rics.org/courses

If you are interested in becoming a partner university, contact your local RICS office.

Accredited Course

Course accreditation relies on experienced RICS academics and employers assessing each university’s programme to ensure there is both an appropriate curriculum and the resources in place to enable the delivery of the programme to meet the high standards demanded by RICS.

Every university is visited every few years by RICS auditors. The RICS external quality assurance system monitors the standards of graduates annually and each programme is monitored annually through an annual report. The accreditation process is  highly valued by universities. All courses are audited against standards preparing graduates for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

RICS aims to ensure that graduates have a stimulating and challenging education, which prepares them well for their professional career. The main criteria on which courses are assessed for accreditation are:

  • The context within which the course operates in relation to the national RICS strategy
  • The nature and composition of the course planning and management team and resources allocated
  • The research base of the submitting department
  • Course documentation, structure, learning outcomes and duration
  • The content of the course including course objectives and employer requirements and mapping to one or more of the pathways for RICS membership
  • Admission and assessment procedures.

Course accreditation is in place in China, continental Europe, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Accredited courses give students and graduates access to RICS membership via the graduate routes.

If you are interested in finding accredited courses, visit www.rics.org/courses.

If you are interested in having a course accredited, contact your local RICS office.

Approved Module

RICS works with its university partners and with accredited course providers to accredit short programmes or courses. Short programmes can be a  module or a series of course units delivered by a higher education provider – they do not need to deliver a university certificate after completion. This mode of accreditation is only available for higher education institutions where an RICS-accredited course already exists.  RICS undertakes rigorous auditing and each module or unit is expected to meet five quality principles:

  • Student selection – Internationally respected standards are applied and the minimum level is at least postgraduate level.  
  • Programme length - The minimum study hours requirements for a short programme is 6 ECTS (150 study hours) and a maximum of 18 ECTS (450 study hours).
  • Teaching quality – All students should enjoy the highest quality teaching environment. Standards are broader than the quality of teachers and address the overall teaching and learning environment.
  • Programme curriculum and APC mapping requirements - This should be highly relevant to professional practice. The overall programme should prepare participants for the profession.

Approved modules are in place in continental Europe. 

Approved modules give participants access to RICS membership

If you are interested in finding approved modules, visit www.rics.org/courses

If you are interested in having a module approved and you are one of the higher education institutions working with RICS, contact your local RICS office.

Affiliate College

RICS recognise vocational and academic qualifications that support students in gaining access to accredited university courses and meeting eligibility requirements for the RICS Associate qualification.

If you are interested in finding affiliate colleges or gaining recognition as an affiliate college, contact your local RICS office.

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