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RICS Handbook

For candidates on accredited courses


Your world
RICS the mark of property professionalism

RICS is the worlds leading qualification when it comes to professional standards in land, property and construction. In a world where more and more people, governments, banks and commercial organisations demand greater certainty about professional standards and ethics, attaining RICS status is the recognised mark of property professionalism. Over 100,000 property professionals working in the major established and emerging economies of the world have already recognised the importance of securing RICS status by becoming members. RICS is an independent professional body originally established in the UK by Royal Charter. Since 1868, RICS has been committed to setting and upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity providing impartial and authoritative advice on key issues affecting businesses and society. RICS is a regulator of both its individual members and firms, enabling it to maintain the highest standards and providing the basis for unparalleled client confidence in the sector.

RICS Handbook
For candidates on accredited courses our world 02 Y RICS - the mark of property professionalism our perspective 04 Y RICS - a unique professional qualification our competitive advantage 05 Y Why join RICS and become a chartered surveyor? our starting point 07 Y RICS accredited courses our way to RICS 08 Y RICS routes to membership our training 10 Y APC pathways our personal space online 11 Y My APC our timeline 12 Y The APC calendar our Final Assessment 13 Y Achieving professional membership our contacts 14 Y RICS Europe Education Development Team our glossary 15 Y RICS terminology
Where to get full information Note: all keywords in the brochure marked with* can be found in the glossary on page 15

I was still a student when I became aware of RICS importance within the real estate sector for setting the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. Becoming part of RICS allowed me to work around the globe in extremely challenging and diverse environments, reaffirming exactly what the organisation stands for: internationally recognised expertise, ethics and accountability. RICS membership has also given me countless networking opportunities with property professionals across Europe and beyond. This has proved to be a key benefit to enhance my professional career. Matthew McCaul MRICS Jones Lang LaSalle GmbH Germany

Your perspective
RICS - a unique professional qualification
Our members include constructors, developers, consultants, asset managers, valuers, cost consultants, facilities managers and many more. They reflect all the phases of the property lifecycle within RICS. Your Assessment of Professional Competence* (APC) offers a choice of 21 specialisms. Workplaces and markets are becoming increasingly global. Businesses are expanding into other European countries and increasingly dealing with investors from abroad. Global clients demand reliable, high-quality standards. RICS provides this level of professional qualification and will make you stand out from the crowd. Whatever area you specialise in, as a chartered surveyor* you can use the letters MRICS (indicating you are a professional member of RICS) after your name. Fellowship (FRICS) is the next grade up from this, which you can apply for if: - you can demonstrate the highest level of accomplishment during your career, and - you have made a significant contribution to RICS or the profession in general.

Your competitive advantage

Why join RICS and become a chartered surveyor?

What is it that makes RICS so attractive? Why do clients all over the world consistently ask to deal with chartered surveyors? Why do employers increasingly recruit members of RICS and what are the financial incentives? Chartered surveyors are reliable professionals RICS members are ethical, trustworthy and transparent business partners, employees and colleagues. Members abide by the RICS Rules of Conduct, which ensure they are accountable and responsible. The required Continuous Professional Development (also called CPD or lifelong learning) allows members to keep up to date with the latest market developments. Chartered surveying stands for excellence As an MRICS, you will become a more valuable asset to your employer, because chartered surveyors are known to deliver excellent results and to act professionally. Becoming a member will definitely enhance your career opportunities. Chartered surveyors apply global standards Global market players rely heavily on the global standards set and implemented by RICS worldwide. The RICS Valuation Standards or Red Book for instance, ensures the quality and consistency of best practice for RICS members. An international network The RICS global headquarters are located at Parliament Square, in the political centre of London. Over the years RICS has become an international organisation with world regional offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York and Sydney. In Europe alone we have close to 20 National Groups, which means that we have members and staff from Lisbon to Moscow. RICS Europe is also developing strongly in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS, the Nordic region, the Baltics and Turkey.

RICS influence An organisation our size has a considerable impact on decision-makers we raise awareness of our members concerns at international, EU and national level, and seek to influence legislative processes whenever the property profession is affected. A subscription to the EU Connect e-newsletter keeps you in touch with the latest news about the profession and developments at EU level. To subscribe, please contact RICS EU Public Affairs on RICS qualification significantly increases earning potential RICS members earn on average 60% more than those who are not professionally qualified, according to the fourth RICS and Macdonald & Company European Property Market Remuneration Survey, published in March 2011. You can find the 2010/11 results at If you are on an RICS accredited course, join as an RICS student free of charge by signing up on and find out what it means to be part of the worlds largest property organisation. Member support  As a member you can contact our staff in any of our offices and log on to the members-only section at, where you can gain access to in-depth research and knowledge. It also allows you to connect to other members in any part of the world. Students and Trainees also have access to the membersonly section.  MemberSearch@RICSEurope is another service you can benefit from as an RICS member. This is a free online business directory for RICS Europe qualified members. Launched in partnership with PropertyEU -the leading pan-European real estate publication-, this easy-to-access service offers members free exposure to the global business community and is available both at and Once you qualify as an RICS member, login at to enhance your visibility as a property professional. Access to Knowledge  Knowledge section on this section allows you to stay informed on the latest and most relevant publications produced by RICS in Europe and worldwide. According to your needs and thanks to an easy-to-use searching tool, you are also able to quickly find surveys, books, research papers, e-learning, guidance notes, and more. Visit the Knowledge section at knowledge  E-resources: you can access the RICS e-resources at London RICS librarys website ( It offers you a wide range of e-books, articles and position papers to download.  Online academy: the new RICS Online Academy offers a well mapped-out combination of courses, which you can now complete at your own convenience. There are 12 online courses to choose from, as well as APC resources and training podcasts. Some courses are for free, while others are subject to a fee. Join over 4,500 users who have benefitted from the courses to sign up to the Online Academy or for more information, please visit

Your starting point

RICS accredited courses

RICS offers professionals who would like to join the organisation a large choice of accredited courses all over the world. In continental Europe alone there are over 40 higher education providers working together with RICS, providing graduates with the opportunity to become members after completing the Assessment of Professional Competence* (APC) and passing the Final Assessment*. RICS accredits courses all over Europe with the aim of preparing professionals for the Assessment of Professional Competence. The accreditation process is managed by the RICS Europe Continental Standards Board (CESB) and relies on experienced RICS academics and practitioners assessing each property degree to ensure that there is both an appropriate curriculum and the resources in place to enable its delivery and to meet the high standards demanded by RICS. Universities are visited every few years by members of the CESB. In addition, a strict RICS quality assurance system is in place. The accreditation process is demanding and highly valued by universities. RICS aims to ensure that graduates have a stimulating and challenging education to prepare them well for their professional career. Currently RICS has over 45 accredited courses in continental Europe. If you are interested in finding out the list of RICS accredited courses, please visit

In our profession, I firmly believe it is essential to guarantee our clients excellence in education, management and ethics. I have gained so much knowledge in these fields from the RICS accredited course that I can only recommend it to people around me. Laure-Sophie Duquenne MRICS DTZ Eurexi France

Your way to RICS

RICS routes to membership

Are you a highly motivated student a few months away from graduation? Have you completed your degree and are you working already? Do you want to climb the career ladder even faster, take on more exciting, international projects and join the premier international property organisation? If you are a student on one of the RICS accredited courses, you are eligible to become part of an international network of members standing for quality, ethical behaviour and professionalism. For an overview of all our continental Europe accredited courses, go to For students on RICS accredited courses: If you have already taken the first step to study on an RICS accredited course, you will go through one of the three graduate route-to-membership options. If you have no professional experience yet:

Graduate route 1
What do you need to do? Register as an RICS trainee Complete the CV template available on Gain 24 months of work-related experience to meet the competency* requirements Provide evidence of 96 hours of Professional Development* over two years Hand in your Record of Progress* signed off by your Counsellor* Present your Critical Analysis* Pass the Final Assessment* If you have 5 years relevant experience (pre-degree experience counts):

Graduate route 2
What do you need to do? Register as an RICS trainee Complete the CV template available on Gain 12 months of work-related experience to meet the competency* requirements Provide evidence of 48 hours of Professional Development* over 12 months Hand in your Record of Progress* signed off by your Counsellor* Present your Critical Analysis* Pass the Final Assessment*

The preparation towards achieving RICS membership was extremely useful as it pushed me to keep on improving my professional knowledge after I graduated. RICS offers plenty of life-long learning opportunities through events and seminars, which are a great source of additional professional knowledge. Also, filling in the records of progress throughout the APC process helped me to clearly see the core of the problem and find better solutions to projects I was dealing with at work. Alexey Romatsov MRICS Cushman & Wakefield Russia

If you have 10 years relevant experience (pre-degree experience counts):

Graduate route 3
What do you need to do? Register as an RICS trainee Complete the CV template available on Present your Record of Competence* showing that you have met the competency* requirements Provide evidence of 48 hours of Professional Development* over the last 12 months Present your Critical Analysis* Pass the Final Assessment* If you are studying on a part-time postgraduate RICS-accredited course, you can enrol for the APC as soon as you register for your course. You can then start your APC while studying and go through the Final Assessment* after graduation. If you are not a student on an RICS accredited course: There are three other routes to membership if you are not a student on an RICS accredited course:  Adaptation route for professionals who have graduated from a non-accredited degree or have an RICS approved professional qualification, and have studied 450 hours (113 contact hours and self-study) from the final year of an RICS accredited course  Senior Professional route for experienced professionals who are in a senior industry position and have one or more university degrees  Academic route for academics teaching or researching on an RICS accredited degree. There is no APC training for this route. Candidates are assessed on the basis of a portfolio they produce about their academic, teaching and research experience. For further details on these routes, please contact your National Group. (see contact details at








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Your training
APC Pathways
As an RICS trainee, you can choose one of the 21 APC Pathways (specialisms):

Arts and antiques Building control Building surveying Commercial property practice Environment Facilities management Geomatics (including hydrographic) Housing management and development Machinery and business assets Management consultancy Minerals and waste management Planning and development Property finance and investment Project management Quantity surveying and construction Research Residential property practice Residential survey and valuation Rural Taxation allowances Valuation

During your training, you have the opportunity to refine your skills and knowledge. As a candidate you can select your individual set of core and optional competencies*. Depending on the APC Pathway, these could include, for instance, risk management, procurement and tendering, or capital taxation. There are also mandatory competencies* for all chartered surveyors every RICS trainee gains knowledge and experience in rules of conduct, ethics and professional practice, communication, business planning and management. To ensure that you get the support you need, you will be backed by a Counsellor* and a Supervisor*, who will guide you and discuss with you your progress. At least your Counsellor needs to be a chartered surveyor who knows how to mentor you through your personal development and help you achieve the RICS professional qualification.


Your personal space online

To support you in your APC, the interactive online tool MyAPC* is available to continental European RICS trainees, making the APC procedure totally paperless. MyAPC, available 24/7, is your personal space where you can manage all your documents and submissions as well as plan your structured training, wherever you are. On registering for your APC in continental Europe, we will provide you with your login and password allowing you to access your own space, create your profile and upload your submissions as you progress towards the Final Assessment. Your Counsellor*, Supervisor* and Assessors will also have online access to the documents they need to sign off or read. In addition, RICS staffs are always at hand to help you. Once you have received your login you will be able to register here:

Now more than ever, clients are looking for reliable property professionals who respect a certain code of ethics, the principles of which are fundamental to RICS. In this context, the RICS Rules of Conduct, by which each RICS member has to abide, are key in providing clients with additional guarantees in terms of quality, integrity and professionalism. Matthieu Gillet MRICS Colliers International Consultants B.V. The Netherlands


Your timeline
The APC calendar
This calendar will help you keep track of all the documents you need to submit during the process. If you are not studying on an RICS accredited course, please contact your National Group for information on other routes to membership (see the back of this brochure for contact details).

APC registration Requirements and submissions APC year 1 1Q Complete Record of Progress* Record of Professional Development* Work on Critical Analysis* Sign-off from Counsellor & Supervisor Sitting Final Assessment* 96 hours in total 2Q 3Q 4Q 1Q APC year 2 2Q 3Q 4Q

Graduate route 1

Requirements and submissions

APC 12 months 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q

Graduate route 2

Complete Record of Progress* Record of Professional Development* Work on Critical Analysis* Sign-off from Counsellor & Supervisor Sitting Final Assessment* 48 hours in total

Requirements and submissions

previous year 48 hours in total

APC 3 months 1M 2M 3M

Graduate route 3

Record of Professional Development* Work on Critical Analysis* Record of Competence* Sign-off from Counsellor & Supervisor Sitting Final Assessment*

Next available date


Your Final Assessment*

Achieving professional membership

This is the stage at which your professional competence is assessed. The Final Assessment* interview is run by a panel of two to three experienced chartered surveyors. It lasts about one hour and is based on your submission, which you should hand in approximately one month before. First you give a presentation on a chosen project. Then you will be interviewed on your presentation, training and experience achieved in relation to your mandatory, core and optional competencies. There will also be questions on current issues related to the profession and Rules of Conduct*. At least one of the assessors comes from the same APC Pathway as you. Depending on your professional experience, you could go to the Final Assessment* within months (Graduate 3), one year (Graduate 2) or two years (Graduate 1). Have a look at your APC calendar on page 12 to start planning for your professional membership.

Since the very beginning of my professional career, I knew that only RICS qualification would enable me to make a difference in this profession. Following one of the RICS accredited courses has definitely been key for me to expand my knowledge and provided me with a firm background for my APC preparation. The advice I would give to anyone sitting the final assessment interview is to read foreign property press and pick up on current topics in order to be able to form an opinion on any given issue. Wojciech Doliski MRICS Polish Properties Sp. z o.o. Poland


Your contact
RICS Europe Educational standards Team
You can always find the latest news on RICS in continental Europe and all contact information on this website is continuously updated to support our members and prospective members in continental Europe.

Kristin Bammel Education Development Manager T + 49 69 65 00 75 20 M + 32 474 77 61 35 E

Anna Galiano BA (Hons) MA Education Development Manager T + 49 69 65 00 75 10 M + 32 477 99 81 58 E

Jennifer Clarke APC Manager E


Your glossary
RICS terminology
Assessment of Professional Competence: the APC is a continuous assessment designed by RICS to help you acquire the excellence and skills expected of an MRICS. During that period, you will be an RICS trainee. The length of your APC will depend on the extent of your professional experience and the time you need to reach the required competencies* under your chosen APC Pathway. At the end of the APC comes the Final Assessment*, an interview with two to three chartered surveyors. Chartered surveyor: RICS members may call themselves chartered surveyor. They help to sustain the use of land and unlock the long-term value of property. Chartered surveyors are key to efficient markets in land, property and the environment without which important world economies would not be able to function effectively. Competencies: skills or abilities you need to perform a specific task or function. They are based on attitudes and behaviours as well as knowledge. Counsellor: the Counsellor, always a chartered surveyor, works in partnership with the Supervisor* and signs off your record of progress*. It is the Counsellor who helps you decide when you are ready to apply for the Final Assessment*. They also sign off all the documents you submit and ensure that your training meets the needs of your chosen APC Pathway. Critical Analysis: a document describing projects you have worked on during your training covering the key issues, options, your proposed solution, conclusion and analysis of experience gained (3,000 words supported by plans and graphs). Final Assessment: interview where a panel of chartered surveyors ascertains whether you have achieved the necessary competencies* to become an RICS member. MyAPC: personal online space reserved for APC trainees, Counsellors, Supervisors and Assessors. Here you can manage all your documents and submissions, and plan your structured training. Professional Development: skills and knowledge you acquire attending conferences, seminars or work-shops. Lifelong learning can also be undertaken through personal and informal learning, voluntary or charity work. If you are currently following a part-time postgraduate RICS-accredited course, this counts towards the hours required. Quarterly reports (Record of Progress): they summarise in 500 words how your experience and training meet the competency* requirements. Record of Competence: evidence that you meet the competency* requirements. Rules of Conduct: under the Royal Charter and Bye-Laws, all RICS members are expected to comply with regulations governing their conduct. These include provisions relating to the keeping of members accounts, professional indemnity insurance (PII) and general standards of behaviour. For full information on the RICS principles-based regulatory regime, go to Supervisor: normally a chartered surveyor responsible for giving candidates guidance on their training and day-to-day work.

RICS Europe
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