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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

  • 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

  • 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 +1 212 847 7400 or email americasqualification@rics.org  to find out how we can help you.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the systematic updating and enhancement of skills, knowledge and competence that takes place throughout your working life.

    It should be closely linked to your current work.

    CPD can be taken from various sources including attending conferences, meetings or seminars, completing an academic course or informal reading. 

    Having met any specific CPD requirements to qualify, all RICS professionals must complete at least 20 hours of CPD activities each year.

  • Once you have started your assessment journey to membership, you’ll have access to support resources, peer groups and mentor support.

    Enrolled candidate guidance

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the systematic updating and enhancement of skills, knowledge and competence that takes place throughout your working life.

    It should be closely linked to your current work.

    CPD can be taken from various sources including attending conferences, meetings or seminars, completing an academic course or informal reading. 

    Having met any specific CPD requirements to qualify, all RICS professionals must complete at least 20 hours of CPD activities each year.

  • 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.

    Your counsellor will confirm when you are ready for your written submissions to be sent to us for assessment.

    RICS Online ethics training

    All candidates must complete and pass the RICS online ethics course. If you initially fail this course, you can retake it.

    60 minute assessment interview

    Following a 10-minute presentation by you on your career experience, the panel of trained RICS assessors 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

  • Application fees

    Enrolment fee:

    • Canada: CAN$500 + candidate subscription fee
    • Caribbean: US$500 + candidate subscription fee
    • USA: US$500 + candidate subscription fee
    • Brazil: TBC + candidate subscription fee
    • Rest of Latin America: TBC + candidate subscription fee

    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.

    Find the ongoing annual candidate fees for your location

    Membership fees

    Election fee:

    • Canada: CAN$254 + annual subscription fee
    • Caribbean: US$249 + annual subscription fee
    • USA: US$249 + annual subscription fee
    • Brazil: TBC + annual subscription fee
    • Rest of Latin America: TBC + annual subscription fee

    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.

    Find the ongoing annual subscription fees for your location

    Refunds

    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.

    Questions

    If you have any questions about fees, please contact our Membership team or +1 212 847 7400 or complete our membership enquires form.

When you are ready to join

If you haven't already got an online account, you'll need to create one.

Create an online account now

 

Company enrolments

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 membership@rics.org.

Now choose your entry route

Choose which route to qualification best suits your experience below.

Senior professional assessment

apply for senior professional assessment


Specialist assessment

apply for specialist assessment


Academic assessment

apply for academic assessment

 

What happens next?

Verification
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.

Membership enquiries

If you have any questions about joining RICS or our qualifications, please call +1 212 847 7400 or complete our membership enquiries form.

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