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what is rics?

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property, construction, and infrastructure sectors worldwide. RICS professionals are involved in work that shapes our world.

RICS was founded in London as the Institution of Surveyors after a meeting of 49 surveyors at the Westminster Palace Hotel on 15 June 1868. It has now become the global entity that supports professionals within the realm of surveying with over 125,000 members worldwide. Offices and employees are based in the Americas, ASEAN and China, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Oceania, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and UK and Ireland.

RICS is recognised in Key worldwide markets as the leading body that sets and enforces standards and offers access to the most sought after professional status in land, property and construction.


The designation 'Chartered Surveyor' helps you stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market. It is also a requirement for many employers. It can increase your earning potential and speed up your career.

Being a member of the RICS allows you to makes you a difference to the built environment and its users. RICS is an advocate for best practice and professionalism in the land, property and construction services globally.

RICS membership also provides you with a gateway to networking and knowledge transfer. Whether you prefer to attend events, networking or training in person or online, your membership will connect you with others with similar interests.

RICS sets high standards for professionalism. They will support you in accessing the continuous professional development you need to help you excel. Your membership will help you keep up to date with information on relevant land policy, best practice and  the latest research.

RICS offers a class of membership to suit all levels of surveying professionals. Membership opens doors and raises your professional standing.  

RICS offers free student membership to all students enrolled on a RICS accredited course. Read more information about the benefits of student membership here.


Once you have completed your degree you must apply for a graduate scheme with a RICS accredited company, where you will work towards your APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) and professional accreditation.

step-by-step guide


apply for RICS membership AS soon as you're in relevant employment

As soon as you have graduated with a fully RICS accredited degree and entered relevant employment, you can apply for RICS membership.


Before you apply for the APC you must have the equivalent of a minimum of 24 months' structured training and a minimum of 96 hours' Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Essential reading at this stage would consist of the following:

1. The APC Candidate Guide

2. Pathway Guide

3. ARC User Guide

4. Self Assessment Form


Gain 2 years of full-time work with a Relevant rICS accredited company

All RICS membership applicants must maintain a log book covering the equivalent of a 12 months' full-time relevant work experience.


You should also identify a suitable mentor/counsellor to support you during this important stage of your APC.

Applicants must prepare a written submission demonstrating their experience and how they have developed their competence.

Develop your competence in your chosen pathway at this stage, before you come forward for final assessment.

find the full guidance to the RICS apc process here


The APC assessment is in two parts

Written and Interview:

The Written Submission involves providing:

- a summary of your current work experience post-graduation.

- 3,000-4,000 words on how you meet the technical competencies.

- 1,500 words on how you meet the mandatory competencies.

- A case study: 3,000 words about a project you have worked on, focusing on the technical competencies. 



(Continuous Professional development)

Applicants will need to upload a minimum of 48 hours of CPD per structured training year with your online submission.

Also applicants must complete the online ethics assessment.


The Final Assessment Overview

The Interview: 60 minutes includes:


  1. 10 minute presentation

  2. 10 minutes of questions based on your presentation

  3. 25 minutes of questions based on your technical competencies

  4. 10 minutes of questions based on mandatory competencies.


get your results

The results of your APC will be available after your submission date on the ARC. If you passed you will gain your accreditation and become a Chartered Surveyor. Congratulations you are now part of a network of over 125,000 professionals worldwide.

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