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15 FEB 2019

Accreditation Policy launch

Anna Galiano, Education and Qualification Standards Manager - Europe, explains the updated model for accrediting university degree programmes following the revision and launch of new pathways in August 2018. A need to know for all course leaders.

We accredit over 600 programmes around the world, 60 of them delivered in continental Europe. A graduate with an RICS-accredited degree can enrol on the Chartered Surveyor Assessment of Professional Competence and qualify after a two-year structured training experience.

The revised policy is as rigorous as the previous one, we have just updated it against the new pathways and incorporated new important criteria. It focuses on 10 accreditation criteria, including collaboration with RICS, supporting students and graduates on their qualification journey and a more detailed mapping of programmes to RICS pathways is required.

All current accredited programmes will need to be reviewed against the updated policy as they come up for re-accreditation. The Education and Qualifications Standards (EQS) staff will support you in applying for re-accreditation and will make this journey together with you and your team. User-friendly templates have been developed to help you map your programme against one or (maximum) two pathways. Choosing one pathway does not limit your students in becoming RICS qualified in the pathway you have chosen for your programme. Your students and graduates will choose their pathway according to their professional experience and competencies, and these can vary and evolve throughout their career.


Anna Galiano
Anna Galiano

In the last five years 11,000 professionals qualified with an accredited degree; there are currently 8,500 people with an accredited degree working towards becoming qualified.

Anna Galiano
Education and Qualification Standards Manager – Europe at RICS

How to map your programme

As real estate is a broad discipline, many of our programmes in continental Europe would focus on two to three major real estate specialisations. Therefore, before you select a pathway, course leaders in Europe advise to have a look at the available guide to have a holistic view of all pathways and the list of the competencies related to each of them. By using this guide, you should easily see which pathway fits your programme curriculum the best, before you start your mapping exercise.

All pathways are presented in a generic way, so they can be applied to different areas of practice and geographical locations, but it is important that you interpret them within the context of your programme (the subject and the market where the programme is delivered). The competencies are structured in 3 types listed below: mandatory, technical core and technical optional. You need to map your programme to the competencies of your chosen pathway to the minimum level 1.

The EQS team looks forward to working with you in mapping your course in your re-accreditation process.


These competencies cover personal, interpersonal, professional practice and business skills. They are the same no matter the pathway and are:

  • Ethics, Rules of Conduct and professionalism
  • Client care
  • Communication and negotiation
  • Health and safety
  • Accounting principles and procedures
  • Business planning
  • Conflict avoidance, management and dispute resolution procedures
  • Data management
  • Diversity, inclusion and teamworking
  • Inclusive environments
  • Sustainability

Bachelor and consecutive master degrees in Europe will have more content and knowledge in their curriculum that cover these competencies than specialised masters or executive masters. If your master degree does not teach some of these competencies, it is very likely that your students have already acquired them at bachelor level or in their professional life.

Technical core

These competencies refer to the primary skills that your students would attain in your programme and relate to your chosen pathway. If your programme is a specialised one, then it is likely that great part of the curriculum covers core competencies. 

Technical optional

Selected as additional skill requirements for a particular pathway, course leaders will need to choose from a list of competencies relevant to the area of knowledge taught on the programme.


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