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1 MAY 2018

Kieran Chauhan: attaining the RICS chartered status and fellowship

Becoming a chartered surveyor with RICS takes time and effort, but once you achieve that status, doors in your career open; giving you global recognition as a professional, and your technical opinion credibility.

To understand the efforts professionals put in to achieve chartered status and then fellowship, we talked to Kieran Chauhan, a partner at Hepher Associates, one of the longest established claims, dispute resolution and contracts specialist consultants in Dubai. He has recently been elected as a fellow of RICS.

What inspired you to start your journey?

My inspiration to start a career in the construction industry stemmed from my admiration for buildings and architecture, passion for law and an aspiration to be part of the process of creating extraordinary built assets for the present and the next generation.

From experience, I strongly believe it does not matter what age you are or what stage you are at in your present career. If you truly have a passion for construction, it is one of the very few industries that welcomes non-construction professionals.

Why did you choose the RICS?

Having completed my Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management degree, attaining full chartered membership of the RICS was always something I wanted to achieve.

In my opinion, the chartered status demonstrates that the professional possesses knowledge, ability, competence, professionalism and ethical values to a high standard. RICS is one of the few global professional organisations that is known for continuously promoting and enforcing the highest delivery of standards in the construction and surveying profession. Moreover, the RICS status allows its young members to be part of a global organisation, providing them with a solid platform to progress in their respective career.

It must be noted that there are numerous professional institutions present within the construction industry, and with so many to choose from it can be difficult to decide which one to join. Therefore, below are some points to consider when selecting a professional organisation to be affiliated with:


A professional body with a global presence demonstrates reach and supports its professionals at a national to international level.


A long established professional body shows that it has gone through the motions of constantly evolving over many years.

Assessment criteria

The more rigorous the assessment criteria, the higher the chances of only the top calibre of individuals becoming chartered.


Their involvement in innovation to help counter the challenges the industry is facing, and how the organisation supports the way in the which the industry moves forward.


The future of the industry is the next generation. Support and training needs to be readily available to ensure the profession keeps moving forward in a positive direction.

Why did you pursue FRICS?

Since attaining MRICS in 2014, I have given back to the profession as I believe it is important to circulate knowledge and give guidance wherever possible to benefit third parties, especially as I received support during my training years from my professional network.

I feel it is important to help develop members to drive the profession forward. I am currently involved with the RICS in a number of ways, such as an APC assessor and a board member of the QS and Construction Professional Group in the Middle East and North African region. The latter has been a great way for me to have a first-hand involvement to support the RICS ethos and objectives, and shape the way the profession moves forward.

What would you suggest to the next generation?

For the next generation of professionals looking to either enter the construction industry or become chartered, especially in competitive regions such as the GCC where professionals from all around the world are relocating to work, I would suggest they consider the points discussed earlier. It is essential to look at those professional bodies that can provide professionals with an added advantage in a competitive region and opportunities for development.

If you are considering a career in construction, or wish to become chartered with the RICS, please contact us for further information.