Land (Associate)

This pathway is for people who work in the following areas: environment, planning and development, minerals and waste management and rural practice


This pathway is for people who work in the following areas:


Environmental covers all aspects of the management, monitoring and assessment of the environment in the context of real estate, land and construction. For example:

  • environmental management
  • environmental impact assessment
  • environmental management
  • land use and contaminated land
  • environmental risk assessment.

Planning and development

Planning and development impacts not only on the physical aspects of the built environment, but social and environmental aspects as well. The profession is continually evolving with a wide range of environmental, economic, political and social relevance to its day-to-day activities.

Minerals and waste management

Minerals are the raw materials needed to supply the construction and manufacturing industry and provide fuel for the world’s energy requirements. A consumer-led society needs careful waste disposal and management. Extracting minerals and managing waste requires sensitive planning from the initial prospecting stage to the ultimate restoration and after-use of each site. Examples of areas covered by minerals and waste management are:

  • mining and quarrying
  • environmental assessment and auditing
  • minerals planning
  • mining law
  • minerals economics and valuation
  • waste disposal and management.

Rural practice

Rural practice draws on a wide range of professional and technical skills and knowledge. The following are examples of areas covered by rural practice:

  • rural estate management
  • agriculture
  • planning
  • valuation
  • auctioneering
  • asset management.

Geomatics specialists should refer to the RICS Associate Land Engineering or Hydrographic pathway guides.

This guide is to be used in conjunction with the RICS Associate Candidate Guide.

Pathways and competencies

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Associate land pathway guide