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:
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
All candidates must complete and pass the RICS online ethics course. If you initially fail this course, you can retake it.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
If you have any questions about fees, please contact our Membership team or +1 212 847 7400 or complete our membership enquires form.
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:
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.
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.
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