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Associate Member (AssocRICS)

Associate Member (AssocRICS)

Become qualified as an Associate Member (AssocRICS) if you have work-based experience.

Associate Member is available on completion of the associate qualification. After successfully completing the assessment process, you will be able to use the designation AssocRICS.

You can enrol at any time in your career, but you must meet one of our eligibility requirements before applying for assessment:

  • 1 year of relevant experience and a relevant bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of relevant experience and a relevant higher/advanced/foundation qualification
  • 4 years of relevant experience (no qualifications required).

Associate Member: before you apply

  • Surveying is a very broad profession covering disciplines as varied as building surveying, geomatics and valuation. Because of this, when you join RICS you must choose a sector pathway related to your surveying experience. During your assessment process, you will have to demonstrate your skills and knowledge related to this pathway.

    For Associate membership, you can choose from 11 different Sector Pathways.

    Find out more about our Sector Pathways

  • You must appoint an RICS-qualified counsellor to support and guide you through your application and assessment process. Your counsellor must be either an RICS Fellow (FRICS), Chartered Member (MRICS) or an Associate Member (AssocRICS) with at least four years’ of RICS membership.

    If you don’t know an RICS member who can be your counsellor, we can help find someone to guide you through your application. Please contact our Membership team on +1 212 847 7400 or email membership@rics.org to find out how we can help you.

  • You will need to submit a written summary of your professional experience, a case study, and a record of your continuing professional development (CPD), as well as completing an online ethics course. Depending on your experience, it takes between 6-12 months to complete the assessment process.

    Online ethics training

    All candidates must complete and pass the RICS online ethics course. If you initially fail this course, you can retake it.

    Written submissions

    • Summary of experience: a total of 3,000 words showing your experience related to aspects of your chosen sector pathway.
    • Case study: 2,500 words on a recent project that shows your technical abilities.
    • CPD record: 48 hours of training undertaken during the last 12 months.

    Submission for assessment

    Once you have passed the ethics training, your counsellor will confirm when you are ready for your written submissions to be sent to us for assessment.

    Download our Associate Member: Candidate Assessment Guide for a full outline of the assessment process

  • If you already have professional qualifications, or are a member of another professional body, you may be exempt from some of our entry criteria and be eligible for direct entry. However, you must pass the RICS online ethics course to join through direct entry.

    To apply to be an Associate Member through direct entry, you’ll need:

    • a proposer who is a Chartered Member (MRICS) or a Fellow (FRICS)
    • a record of your recent CPD
    • a letter from the professional body confirming your membership.

    Download: List of approved qualifications for Associate Member direct entry

    Apply for direct entry

  • Application fees

    Enrolment fee:

    • Canada: CAN$300 + candidate subscription fee
    • Caribbean: US$300 + candidate subscription fee
    • USA: US$300 + candidate subscription fee
    • Brazil: TBC + candidate subscription fee
    • Rest of Latin America: TBC + candidate subscription fee

    The enrolment fee covers your candidate registration, online ethics course and final assessment. The candidate subscription fee covers support materials and access to our Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) and is payable each year up to the point you become qualified.

    Find the ongoing annual candidate fees for your location

    Membership fees

    Election fee:

    • Canada: CAN$178 + annual subscription fee
    • Caribbean: US$178 + annual subscription fee
    • USA: US$178 + annual subscription fee
    • Brazil: TBC + annual subscription fee
    • Rest of Latin America: TBC + annual subscription fee

    The election fee covers your member registration and award pack and includes your first-year annual subscription fee that provides access to all RICS professional services. Any candidate subscription fee (see above) paid for the same calendar year will be deducted from the election fee.

    Find the ongoing annual subscription fees for your location

    Refunds

    All fees are non-refundable unless you withdraw your application within a cooling off period of 14 days (10 working days) from the date your enrolment is processed by RICS. If you decide to withdraw your application please contact us on the details above.

    Questions

    If you have any questions about fees, please contact our Membership team or +1 212 847 7400 or complete our membership enquires form.

How to join

Register and create an online account

To join as candidate for Associate Member, you need to create an online account and complete a simple registration form. To complete the form you will need: 

  • your course title, institution name and start year
  • your employer details
  • your counsellor’s RICS number.

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What happens next?

Verification

After you've set up your account and completed the registration form, we will check your application to confirm that you have chosen the best route to membership for you.

Support materials

We'll then email you more detailed information about the process, guidance notes for your counsellor and information about how to use our Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) website.

Company enrolments

If you need to enrol more than one person from your company for membership, please call our Membership team on +1 212 847 7400 or email membership@rics.org.

Membership enquiries

If you have any questions about joining RICS or our qualifications, please call +1 212 847 7400 or complete our membership enquiries form.

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