Pathway guides

We've produced a suite of pathway guides to support our candidates through their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) - the practical training and experience which, when combined with academic qualifications, leads to full RICS membership.

Find out more about qualifying as an RICS member through your chosen pathway by reading the relevant document in this section. These guides help to put individual competencies into the context of your surveying area and provide sector-specific guidance.

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  • Arts and Antiques
    Arts & antiques

    Arts and Antiques

    RICS members operating in this market are highly specialised and experienced in advising clients on the valuation, sale, purchase and management of antiques and fine arts.

  • Building Control
    Building control

    Building Control

    Building control surveyors ensure that that building regulations and other legislation are followed in the design and construction stages of new and altered buildings.

  • Built infrastructure

    Built infrastructure

    Infrastructure is the basic physical and organisational structures needed for the operation of a society or enterprise, or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function.

  • Building Surveying
    Building surveying

    Building Surveying

    Chartered building surveyors are involved in all aspects of property and construction, from supervising large mixed-use developments to planning domestic extensions.

  • Commercial Property
    Commercial property

    Commercial Property

    Commercial property surveyors have an interesting, challenging and ever-changing workload.

  • Environment


    Environmental surveyors are specialists in all aspects of the management, monitoring and assessment of the environment in the context of real estate, land and construction.

  • Facilities Management
    Facilities management

    Facilities Management

    Facilities management (FM) is the total management of all services 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.

  • Hydrographic (Associate only)

    Hydrographic (Associate only)

    What is Hydrographic Surveying?

  • Land Engineering (Associate only)
    Planning & development

    Land Engineering (Associate only)

    This 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.

  • Land pathway (Associate only)

    Land pathway (Associate only)

    This pathway is for people who work in the following areas: environment, planning and development, minerals and waste management and rural practice

  • Minerals and Waste Management
    Minerals & waste

    Minerals and Waste Management

    Extracting minerals and managing waste requires sensitive planning from the initial prospecting stage to the ultimate restoration and after-use of each site.

  • Management Consultancy
    Management consultancy

    Management Consultancy

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

  • Planning and Development
    Planning & development

    Planning and Development

    The planning and development field is a specialist area, which impacts not only on the physical aspects of the built environment, but the social and environmental aspects as well.

  • Property Finance and Investment
    Residential property

    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.

  • Project Management
    Project management

    Project Management

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

  • Rural


    Rural surveyors enable the rural economy and environment to thrive and flourish in a variety of ways by virtue of their experience and expertise across a very broad and diverse range of activities.

  • Residential
    Residential property


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

  • Taxation Allowance
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Taxation Allowance

    Taxation allowances surveyors combine the skills of quantity surveying with knowledge of construction and experience of legislation, accounting and investment.

  • Quantity Surveying and Construction
    Quantity surveying & construction

    Quantity Surveying and Construction

    Quantity surveyors are the cost managers of construction.

  • Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets

    Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets

    Business valuation is the act or process of determining the value of businesses or pieces of businesses, both public and private, as well as business assets, securities and certain intangibles.

  • Valuation


    The Valuation APC pathway covers property valuation, residential survey and valuation and machinery and business assets.