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Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Become qualified as a Chartered Member (MRICS) if you have a bachelor’s degree or approved professional qualification.

The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) can be completed with or without structured training depending on your experience.

  • Structured training – develop your skills over 12 or 24 months before progressing to final assessment.
  • Preliminary review – if you have 5 years of experience, progress to final assessment following a preliminary review of your submissions.

Chartered Member: before you apply for the APC

  • 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 Chartered membership, you can choose from 22 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 02475 095337 or email membership@rics.org to find out how we can help you.

  • Your selected APC route will determine your progress to final assessment:

    • structured training – the required period of structured training must be completed
    • preliminary review – your written submissions must be approved by an RICS assessor.

    The final assessment process is the same for all APC candidates. 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. You then need to pass a final assessment interview.

    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: brief statement for each level of competence required for your pathway. Mandatory competencies (1,500 words) and technical competencies (3,000 to 4,000 words)
    • Case study: 3,000 words on a recent project that shows your technical abilities. The project should not be older than 24 months.
    • CPD record: 48 hours of training undertaken during the last 12 months (96 hours of training undertaken during the last 24 months, if you are undertaking 24 month structured training).

    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.

    Assessment interview

    You attend a 60-minute interview with a panel of trained RICS assessors. Following a 10-minute presentation by you on your case study, the panel will ask questions on your presentation and your selected competencies.

    Download our Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Candidate 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 Chartered 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 Chartered Member direct entry

  • Registration fee

    • Australia: AUD 1446.30 (includes GST)
    • New Zealand: NZD 1460

    If you are based in the Pacific Islands please contact us at the details below.

    This amount is made up of three elements:

    1. Enrolment fee. This fee covers your candidate registration and online ethics course.
    2. RICS Online Learning Academy (OLA) fee. This provides 110 OLA Coins to purchase training.
    3. Candidate subscription fee. This 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

    Assessment fee

    • Australia: AUD 220
    • New Zealand: NZD 230

    The amount is due when you ready for final assessment.

    Qualification fee

    • Australia: AUD 1155.50 (includes GST)
    • New Zealand: NZD 1200

    The amount covers your member registration and award pack (election fee) 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 qualification 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 02475 095337 or complete our membership enquires form.

  • If your career has progressed based on seniority, specialisation or through academia, we have assessment routes to match your experience:

    • senior professional – you have experience as a leader and manager
    • specialist – you have enhanced skills as a recognised authority
    • academic – you are teaching or researching at a university.

    Find out more about senior professional, specialist or academic assessment

How to join: choose your route

Choose which route to APC qualification best suits your experience, then create an online account and complete a simple registration form. 

Structured training

24-month structured training

  • You have an RICS-accredited degree but less than 5 years of experience.
  • You are studying a part-time RICS-accredited degree and in full-time employment.

12-month structured training

  • You have more than 5 years of experience and an RICS-accredited degree.

apply for structured training

No structured training

  • You have more than 10 years of experience and an RICS-accredited degree.

apply for no structured training

Preliminary review

  • You have 5 or more years of experience and a degree, or are already a member of another approved professional body. You can enrol at any time, but must have 12 months of experience post degree or qualification when you apply for final assessment.

Qualifications approved for APC preliminary review

apply for preliminary review

Direct entry

  • Your existing professional qualifications or membership of another professional body exempt you from some of our entry criteria.

apply for direct entry

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 02475 095337 or email membership@rics.org.

Membership enquiries

If you have any questions about joining RICS or our qualifications, please call +1 300 737 657 (Australia) +0 800 651 562 (New Zealand) or complete our membership enquiries form.

Contact us

After I passed my Assessment of Professional Competence in 2014, I remember receiving numerous phone calls and emails from recruitment consultants.

Suddenly, in the eyes of organisations I had gone from being a quantity surveyor to a chartered quantity surveyor and I was more sought after.

Kieran Chauhan FRICS