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19 SEP 2018

New Accreditation Policy to be launched in January 2019

RICS endeavours its efforts to elevate educational standards at global level and is launching a new Accreditation Policy in January 2019.

When calibrating a course for accreditation or for re-accreditation, the panel will assess 10 areas:

1. Mapping to an RICS pathway

Does the programme map to the mandatory and core competencies in a chosen pathway? Are RICS technical and professional standards delivered in the curriculum? A revised list of APC Pathways and their competencies has been published in August 2018.

2. Student experience

Do students have access to a range of services such as placements, academic support and guidance? Are students encouraged to develop leadership and communication skills?

3. Internal quality assurance

Does the education provider carry out regular reviews to ensure the relevance and validity of the programme?

4. Assessment procedures

Does the education provider encourage students to work through complex and technical tasks by applying a variety of assessment methods?

5. Staff quality (academic)

Are students taught by staff of high calibre, who are well-rounded academics and professionals?

6. Resources

Do students have access to a range of resources such as libraries, subscriptions to databases, research facilities and networking opportunities?

7. Curriculum relevance to industry

Is the education provider actively engaging with industry and practitioners? Is the curriculum informed by this engagement?

8. Collaboration with RICS

Does the education provider promote RICS, our technical and professional standards, and International Standards in the curriculum?

9. Ethical standards

Are RICS’ ethical standards embedded in the curriculum? All candidates are required to demonstrate knowledge and ability to apply the knowledge of our ethical standards.

10. Inclusion and diversity

Does the education provider ensure that inclusion and diversity are embedded in the curriculum and in the ethos of the establishment?

All current accredited courses will need to be calibrated against the new criteria and mapped again against RICS Pathway as they come up for re-accreditations. For more information please contact Anna Galiano at