All RICS members (AssocRICS, MRICS and FRICS) must record their CPD activity online. APC candidates should continue to record their activities on the APC templates.
All members must complete 20 hours of CPD activities by 31 December. You have until 31 January to record your completed 2014 activities online.
The RICS Contact Centre is closed from 24 December and reopens on 5 January to help with your CPD enquiries.
CPD requirements for RICS members
All RICS members must undertake a minimum of 20 hours CPD each calendar year (January to December)
Of the 20 hours at least 10 hours must be formal CPD. The remainder can be informal CPD. (For guidance, see below and download examples.)
All RICS members must maintain a relevant and current understanding of RICS professional and ethical standards during a rolling three-year period. Any learning undertaken in order to meet this requirement may count as formal CPD.
All RICS members must record their CPD activity online.
Formal CPD can be any form of structured learning that has clear learning objectives and outcomes, such as a professional course, structured online training, technical authorship, learning that includes an assessment measure or self-managed learning that can be assessed by an expert third party.
RICS may request to see verifiable evidence of any formal CPD activity; this may include proof of attendance on a course or at an event, or verification of assessment by a third party.
Informal CPD is any self-managed learning that is relevant or related to your professional role. This could include activities such as private study, on-the-job training, attendance at informal seminars or events where the focus is on knowledge sharing.
Activities that do not count as CPD
Any CPD activity, whether formal or informal, should be planned wherever possible and be relevant to your role or specialism. Any activity that does not have a clear learning objective that relates to your role and specialism cannot be considered as appropriate CPD.
Activities such as networking, social events, informal team building or planning events and involvement on boards, committees or clubs that have little or no relevance to your professional role will not count towards your CPD requirements.
All RICS members are required to undertake learning in relation to the RICS Global Professional and Ethical Standards at least once every three years. Further details on how you can meet this new requirement will be added here soon.
In keeping with current arrangements, members who are affiliated with statutory or RICS schemes are still required to comply with these schemes' specific CPD obligations. Scheme-specific CPD is counted as formal CPD.
Obligations for firms
Regulated firms have obligations to ensure that staff meet the following requirements.
The requirements in the Rules of Conduct for firms are as follows:
- Competence - 'a firm shall carry out its professional work with due skill, care and diligence and with proper regard for the technical standards expected of it'
- Training - 'a firm shall have in place the necessary procedures to ensure that all its staff are properly trained and competent to do their work'
For their own benefit as well as to meet the requirements of the Rules of Conduct, firms are well advised to have an active involvement in the training of employees to ensure they remain competent.
A good appraisal system will include the ability to identify and rectify gaps in knowledge and skills, and allow employees to record the learning activities that they have undertaken.
A firm should also be supportive of employees' personal development, for example through allowing study and training time during working hours or through annual leave, or through helping employees financially to undertake learning.
Training for firms
Ensuring staff keep their skills and knowledge up to date and that they remain competent to perform their duties is vital for firms. A comprehensive training programme benefits not only the firm, but also its members of staff and customers.
A comprehensive training policy is important for the following reasons:
- Competent, well-trained staff are an important part of offering a good service to customers and meeting RICS' expectations of a regulated firm
- A clear policy on ensuring competence of staff can help to attract customers and win contracts
- Maintaining employees' competence can go a long way towards defending claims of negligence by clients or complaints made to us and avoid costly insurance claims
- Offering training and chances for career development can help attract a high calibre of staff to your firm and improve the retention of employees.
Meeting training requirements
As part of their annual return, firms are currently asked whether they have procedures in place to comply with this rule. It's important that your firm can answer 'yes'.
There are many ways that firms can fulfil their training obligations to ensure employees remain competent.
Assist employees in their learning
Employees should be supported in their personal learning - this is an important part of being a responsible employer. Members of staff may be offered financial support for learning, allowed time off work in order to study or attend courses, or allowed study time in work.
Provide a training and development system
It is best practice to have a policy in place to offer training and development to employees. This might be through providing in-house training or through sourcing courses externally. Members should consider different ways of providing training. It need not be limited to technical skills, but may also include 'soft' skills such as report writing or IT. Apart from courses, effective training methods might include lunchtime seminars provided by expert members of staff, mentoring or online learning.
Identify and rectify gaps in performance
The firm should have a procedure in place to identify any gaps in performance at a corporate, departmental or individual level. Managers should identify areas in which individuals require training and this should be linked to the firms' appraisal process as part of their training and development policy.
Provide a system for employees to record their learning activities
Our market research reveals that a quarter of members use their firm's system to record their CPD. A firm-wide recording system is a valuable tool for staff to record their learning, appraisals and development, as well as allowing firms to keep track of what training has been provided. You may wish to allow individuals to record their own personal learning as well as corporately provided learning. A recording system should enable individuals to plan learning goals, state actions taken, assess results of their learning, and consider what other skills need to be improved.
Employee access to information relating to learning undertaken
If you have encouraged staff to use the firm's learning recording system, you should allow them access to their records upon request and ensure that those who have left the firm have copies of their learning records.
How we monitor CPD
RICS Regulation can use the online CPD management portal to check compliance statistics and CPD records.
Each year RICS Regulation will select a random sample of CPD records for comprehensive review.
Difficulties with CPD
Your CPD activities should be recorded on the online CPD management portal on an ongoing basis.
If you have difficulties undertaking CPD or recording your activities online, please inform RICS Regulation at the earliest opportunity.
- In the first instance we will provide guidance on how to overcome any issues.
- We reserve the right to take sanctions against members who fail to meet their CPD requirements. However, we will only look to penalise members for non-compliance as a last resort.
Deadlines and penalties
The Regulatory Board has agreed:
- That late CPD submissions may be subject to a fixed penalty of £150
- That extensions beyond the submission deadline will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
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