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20 MAR 2019

The built environment professionals of tomorrow

The built environment touches every person, nation and business, and there is an emerging demand for skills in the way it is constructed, developed, curated, measured, occupied and sold. Now, more than ever, stakeholders and clients are looking for greater certainty around professional standards and ethics, as well as the very best technical advice and guidance. 

The value of RICS Chartered status has never been greater – from wider industry recognition to the confidence provided through the commitment of RICS professionals to uphold ethics and be consistent in standards.

To achieve Chartered status, candidates put in a lot of hard work that allows them to navigate through the APC process successfully. To celebrate the achievement of our most recent APC candidates who passed their assessment and earned MRICS in 2018, we hosted the RICS APC Awards evening in Dubai.

David Armstrong, the chair of RICS UAE National Board and Director at CBRE Middle East, who delivered an opening address at the event, believes that it is essential to recognise the efforts the candidates put in.

It was great to welcome so many new members into the RICS and hear how enthusiastic they are in supporting the RICS standards and maintaining a high level of professionalism in the industry. The awards celebration is a fitting end to the effort and dedication they gave to the APC journey.

David Armstrong
Director, CBRE

Value of becoming Chartered

With more than 130,000 RICS members around the world and offices covering the major political and financial centres, RICS’ market presence puts a RICS chartered surveyor at the forefront of the profession and the heart of international policy.

From being recognised by major employers, to having access to enhanced career opportunities, the Chartered status professionals receive from RICS acts as a passport to jobs and markets that many others may not have access to.

Recently qualified professional, Priya Chellani, Director - Asset Management / Real Estate at JLL, believes that becoming a chartered surveyor means that she can provide the clients with the assurance of a high level of professional knowledge, experience and competence, grounded in an ethical approach. 

“Becoming chartered has added value to and complemented my skills as a chartered management accountant. I believe this makes me a truly rounded real estate professional with an in-depth understanding of real estate, business and finance issues with the ability to draw on these diverse areas to provide nuanced advice to clients and colleagues.” says Priya.

As a newly elected professional from Mace Macro, FM Consultant Anastasia Al-Khatib states that becoming a chartered surveyor will give her clients trust in her as a professional who is on top of the latest market trends and professional practices because of the Continuous Professional Development requirement as well as, the standards and guidelines developed by RICS.

Future professionals of the built environment

The future of the surveying profession is evolving, with a growing need for professionals to be adept with the required skills to cope with the challenges and disruptive trends impacting the profession, such as the digital revolution, rapid urbanisation and climate change. 

Tafadzwa Mukaro, a recently qualified Quantity Surveyor at Rider Levett Bucknall, states that he decided to join RICS to promote recognition, accountability and contribute to upholding the standards.

I believe the resources offered by RICS will also help in producing future generations of principled and competent surveyors that the public can trust. I would encourage prospective candidates to exercise dedication and diligence in attaining the various skills and experience that form a well-rounded professional.

Tafadzwa Mukaro
Rider Levett Bucknall

From developing truly connected, intelligent cities to using the latest sustainable methods, the future of surveying is changing, and the need for qualified chartered surveyors is increasing.

Completing the process and becoming a chartered surveyor that will shape the future of the built environment is a significant achievement, and to all recently qualified members, we wish you a long and prosperous career.