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Since 1992, RICS has assessed professionals’ competence in conservation best practice.
The conservation and maintenance of our historic assets represent a major activity for real estate professionals. There are a vast number of challenges, including pollution, environmental change and tourism, for the daily management of historic assets around the world. Therefore, the scale of the task faced by the global conservation sector is significant.
RICS Building Conservation Accreditation provides a rigorous assessment and monitoring programme ensuring individuals affecting the historic environment understand the approach required to manage our historic assets and the impact of their decisions on all stakeholders.
RICS and related professionals with established experience as custodians of historic assets. This includes those involved in conservation, restoration, sale, purchase, management, protection or recognition of historic buildings, monuments or sites.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:
The effective management of historic assets requires factors to be considered beyond those recognised for conventional assets. These factors include the cultural and social value of an asset, its materials and construction, desire for public access and the impact of legislative requirements.
As a result, clients with a vested interest in historic assets seek professionals who can demonstrate an understanding of these factors and possess the knowledge and skills to manage the expectations of multiple stakeholders. These stakeholders include occupiers, owners, investors, government, national heritage bodies, amenity societies and the public.
In the UK, the four home country heritage bodies Historic England, Historic Scotland, Historic Environment Service (CADW – Wales), and Department for Communities Northern Ireland require suitably qualified professionals to be appointed to lead grant-funded work on historic assets. The RICS accreditation is recognised for these purposes.
There are personal and commercial benefits of being an accredited professional including:
There are two stages on the route to accreditation: application and interview.
You must provide:
A 60-minute interview by 2-3 assessors including:
There are three assessment sessions available each year. The application deadlines are:
Interviews are scheduled approximately two months after each deadline.
If you are interested in applying but are unsure if you are eligible or will be able to meet the next session deadlines, please contact us.
As an accredited professional you are subject to the following obligations:
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