Prior membership of certain professional bodies around the world can provide a streamlined route to RICS membership.

For example, some professional body memberships allow you to join us direct, while some others may exempt you from the need for a bachelor's degree. Visit the relevant page from the list below to view professional bodies in your world region.

Are you a full member of a recognised professional body in your own country or abroad? If so, you may be eligible for Direct Entry.

Get in touch

Americas office
t +1 212 847 7400
f +1 212 682 1295
e ricsamericas@rics.org

 

Brazil

 

Instituo Brasileiro de Avaliacoes e Pericias de Engenharia (IBAPE)

 

MRICS

 

If you're a Full Member of IBAPE with IBAPE's professional certification at the AAA grade you're eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

Canada 

 

 

Appraisal Institute of Canada / Instiut Canadien des Evaluateurs (AIC)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you’re a fully accredited member of AIC at the senior grade AACI you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

You must have 10 years’ relevant experience since gaining the AACI designation, be in a senior industry position (confirmed by an RICS review panel on the basis of a résumé) and have current CPD records meeting RICS requirements.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re AACI you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Valuation pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises the AACI designation as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

The AACI designation is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Association of Canada Land Surveyors (ACLS)

 

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of ACLS you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Land and Land Engineering/Surveying pathways. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

ACLS is an approved professional body for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (CICBV)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you have the Chartered Business Valuer (CBV, also known as ‘experts en evaluation d’enterprises’) designation of CICBV you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

You must have an undergraduate degree and five years’ relevant experience since gaining the CBV designation.  

 

AssocRICS

 

If you have the CBV designation you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Valuation pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises the CBV designation as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

The CBV designation is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Professional Surveyors Canada (PSC)

 

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re Full Member of PSC you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Land or Land Engineering/Surveying pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

The Full Member grade of PSC is approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE)

 

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

CCPE is an approved professional body for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

  

 

Canadian Institution of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you have the designation PQS or ECA and 10 years’ full membership of CIQS, five of which must be at the PQS / ECA designation, you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you have the designation CEC/ECC or PQS/ECA and full membership of CIQS you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Quantity Surveying & Construction pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises the PQS/ECA designation as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

The PQS/ECA designation is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

USA 

 

 

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

 

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

AICPA is an approved professional body for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

American Institute of Constructors (AIC)

 

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of AIC you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Quantity Surveying & Construction pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

The Full Member grade of AIC is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

American Society of Appraisers (ASA)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of ASA with 10 years’ full membership, of which five years are since qualifying for the credential Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) or Fellow Accredited Senior Appraiser (FASA) you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of ASA you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Valuation pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

The Full Member grade of ASA is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of ASFMRA with 10 years’ full membership, including five years since qualifying for the professional credential Accredited Farm Manager (AFM), Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA), Accredited Real Property Appraiser (ARPA) or Accredited Agricultural Consultant (AAC) you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of ASFMRA with the professional credential AFM, ARA, APRA or AAC you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Land or Valuation pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises full membership of ASFMRA with any of the credentials named above as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

Full membership of ASFMRA with any of the credentials named above is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

The Appraisal Institute (AI)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of AI at the senior grade MAI with 10 years’ relevant experience you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

You must be in a senior position (confirmed by an RICS review panel on the basis of a résumé) and have current CPD records meeting RICS requirements.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re MAI you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Valuation pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises the MAI designation as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

MAI is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of AACEI with the certification Certified Cost Controller (CCC) or Certified Cost Engineer (CCE) or Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and 10 years’ relevant experience, of which five years must be at the certified grade, and a relevant undergraduate degree you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

 

CCIM Institute

 

 

MRICS

 

If you hold the ‘Certified Commercial Investment Member’ designation you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

You must have 10 years’ relevant experience, be in a senior position (confirmed by an RICS review panel on the basis of a résumé) and have current CPD records meeting RICS requirements.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you hold the CCIM designation you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Commercial Property Management pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises the CCIM designation as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

The CCIM designation is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFAI)

 

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

CFAI is an approved professional body for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)

 

 

FRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of CRE you’re eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS at the Fellowship grade.

 

 

International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

 

 

MRICS

 

If you hold the IFMA’s Certified Facility Manager (CFM) credential you are eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

 

Project Management Institute (PMI)

 

 

AssocRICS

 

If you hold the PMI’s PMP certification you’re eligible for direct entry to AssocRICS in the Project Management pathway.

 

You must successfully complete the RICS online ethics module and provide a résumé detailing relevant experience. This will be reviewed by RICS staff. You must also name two referees who may be contacted to confirm the experience.  

 

 

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

 

 

AssocRICS

 

If you’re a Full Member of the SIOR you’re eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Commercial Property Management and Real Estate Agency pathways. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

The Full Member grade of SIOR is also approved for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

 

The Appraisal Foundation

 

 

MRICS

 

If you hold a currently valid certification by the appropriate licensing authority of any State or government entity in the United States, in conformity with the rules set forth by the Appraiser Qualification Board of the Appraisal Foundation, as either a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser (CRRPA) or a Certified General Real Property Appraiser (CGRPA) you're eligible for direct entry to Professional membership of RICS.

 

You must have 10 years’ relevant work experience, an undergraduate degree, be in a senior industry position (confirmed by an RICS review panel on the basis of a résumé) and have current CPD records meeting RICS requirements. If you have the CRRPA credential you must also have five years’ relevant experience post-certification.

 

AssocRICS

 

If you hold a currently valid certification by the appropriate licensing authority of any State or government entity in the United States, in conformity with the rules set forth by the Appraiser Qualification Board of the Appraisal Foundation, as either a CRRPA or CGRPA you're eligible for direct entry to Associate membership of RICS in the Commercial Property Management pathway. You must successfully complete the RICS ethics module.

 

RICS Routes to Membership

 

RICS recognises a currently valid certification by the appropriate licensing authority of any State or government entity in the United States, in conformity with the rules set forth by the Appraiser Qualification Board of the Appraisal Foundation, as either a CRRPA or CGRPA as equivalent to an RICS-accredited degree, meeting the academic requirements for RICS Graduate Routes.

 

The Appraisal Foundation, as defined above, is also an approved professional body for Adaptation Route 1, Professional Experience Route and the Senior Professional Route.

 

Read the next page in this section

Get in touch

Our advisers in our Americas office are on hand to guide you through the application process.

Contact centre

If you require further information, please get in touch with our central contact centre who can provide further guidance and advice.