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Senior professionals, specialists and academics

Senior professionals, specialists and academics

Become qualified as a Chartered Member (MRICS) if you have specialist or enhanced professional skills and experience.

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

  • Senior assessment: you have 10 years of relevant experience (5 years if you have a postgraduate degree) and can demonstrate advanced responsibilities as a senior leader.
  • Specialist assessment: you have 10 years of relevant experience (5 years if you have a postgraduate degree) and can demonstrate advanced responsibilities for delivering specialist areas of work.
  • Academic assessment: you have undertaken academic activities relevant to the profession over a three-year period and hold a surveying-related degree.

You can find the full requirements for each of these assessment routes in the Assessment section below.

Chartered 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 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 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. 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

    Senior and Specialist Assessment:

    • Personal statement: your CV and a 400-word statement
    • Case studies: Three 1,500-word case studies on projects that show your professional qualities
    • CPD: 20 hours of training undertaken during the last 12 months.

    Academic Assessment:

    • Personal statement: your CV and a 3,000-word statement
    • Summary of experience: a 5,500-word summary of your experience against competencies set out in your chosen sector pathway
    • Academic evidence: four pieces of evidence to demonstrate your activities as an academic
    • CPD: 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.

    Assessment interview

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

    Download our Senior Assessment MRICS Candidate Guide for a full outline of the assessment process

    Download our Specialist Assessment MRICS Candidate Guide for a full outline of the assessment process

    Download our Academic Assessment 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

    Download: List of approved membership qualifications eligible for Chartered Membership with Preliminary Review

  • For full details of application fees please contact us on 021-52433090 or email:

    Enrolment and assessment fees are based on the location of your final assessment. Final assessments do not take place in all countries; the associated fees are calculated by considering the location of staff and assessors to resource the assessment and the costs of venues and supporting materials in the locations.

    Each fee explained

    Candidate application fee

    When you apply to become an Associate Member, a candidate application fee is payable. This covers support materials, the online ethics course and access to our Assessment Resource Centre (ARC).

    Candidate subscription fee

    A candidate subscription fee is payable each year to cover support materials and access to ARC up to the point you become qualified.

    Election fee

    When you qualify as an Associate Member, a one-off election fee is payable. This covers your award pack.

    Initial subscription fee

    The annual subscription fee for your first year of RICS membership. This covers access to all RICS professional services. Any candidate subscription fee (see above) paid for the same calendar year will be deducted from this total.


    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.

How to join: choose your route

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

Senior professional assessment

You are recognised for your wealth of experience in the profession as an industry leader and senior manager.

apply for senior professional assessment

Specialist assessment

You are recognised for your professional authority and for your highly developed skills and experience.

apply for specialist assessment

Academic assessment

You are known for your extensive experience and influence as a university teacher or academic researcher.

apply for academic assessment


Company enrolments

If you need to enrol more than one person from your company for membership, please call our Membership team on 021-52433090 or email

What happens next?


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.




Thanks to my great counsellor Charles, I was perfectly prepared for the process of application as a senior professional.

I'm very proud to be a qualified member of RICS. It means being recognised as a professional in real estate who shares common values with a well-known group of great specialists.

Alexandra Podvin
Senior technical asset manager, Commerz Real, Paris