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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help you.
Your selected APC route will determine your progress to final assessment:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
If your career has progressed based on seniority, specialisation or through academia, we have assessment routes to match your experience:
Choose which route to APC qualification best suits your experience, then create an online account and complete a simple registration form.
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.
If you need to enrol more than one person from your company for membership, please call our Membership team on +1 212 847 7400 or email email@example.com.
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