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Become an RICS Fellow (FRICS)

Become an RICS Fellow (FRICS)

Being an RICS Fellow (FRICS) demonstrates your individual professional achievements and is an international measure of excellence. It is a mark of distinction: you join a group of professionals who stand out in the eyes of their peers, of business and of the public.

There are three core principles at the heart of being an RICS Fellow:

  • acting to further RICS and the profession
  • acting for the benefit of a third party to reflect RICS’ public interest mandate
  • promoting RICS objectives and the profession.

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If you have any questions about joining RICS or our qualifications, please call +971 (04) 375 3075 or complete our membership enquiries form.

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Am I eligible to become an RICS Fellow (FRICS)?

All Chartered Members (MRICS) are eligible to apply for fellowship, subject to the rules of conduct for members. To qualify as an RICS Fellow, you’ll need to show how your career experience demonstrates four out of twelve professional characteristics.

Champion – how you’ve gained recognition from an appropriate authority

  • 1. Service to RICS
  • 2. Service to another professional body
  • 3. Market or industry recognition

Expert – how you’ve been verified as advancing, sharing or interpreting knowledge

  • 4. Qualification
  • 5. Teaching
  • 6. Dispute resolution

Influencer – how you’ve influenced the way professionalism is perceived

  • 7. Leadership
  • 8. Management
  • 9. Diversity and Inclusion

Role model – how you’ve exceeded standards benefitting clients, colleagues or the public

  • 10. Client care
  • 11. Operation
  • 12. Society and environment

Changes to the characteristics

Following a review of the characteristics and achievements demonstrated in applications we have made some changes to the existing characteristics.
The introduction of a new characteristic in the ‘Influencer’ category, entitled ‘Diversity and inclusion’. This characteristic demonstrates an individual who has consistently supported and promoted diversity and inclusion within the workplace and/or the profession.
In the ‘Influencer’ category, combining the ‘management’ and ‘development’ characteristics.
We will operate a short grace period for those who are already in the process of completing their application who wish to use Management and Development as two of their four professional characteristics.

How long does it take?

The process from application to result takes up to two months. If your application is incomplete, or your CPD record is not up to date, it may take longer.

How much does it cost?

The application and assessment fee is £250.

RICS Fellow applicant guide

Our RICS Fellow Applicant Guide gives a full explanation of the assessment criteria and the application process.

Download our RICS Fellow Applicant Guide

How do I apply?

Before you apply, you’ll need to ensure that your CPD record is up to date. Then you’ll need to provide a set of written submissions relating to your career.

  • Career history: a 500-word statement on your current role, practices and ambitions, plus a summary of your employment history, and academic and professional qualifications.
  • Professional characteristics: 500-word statements demonstrating how your achievements meet each of your four chosen characteristics and reflect the principles of fellowship.
  • Third-party evidence: a statement or copy document from a third party confirming your achievement in relation to your four chosen characteristics.

Apply now: Fellowship application form

What happens next?


Your application will be considered by a panel assigned by RICS. We’ll contact you if your application is incomplete, or if we need to investigate any matters of concern.


If your application is approved, you’ll be awarded fellowship and be entitled to use the designation FRICS.

If your application is declined, we’ll send you a report explaining the reasons. You’ll have the right to appeal and details of how to do this will be included in the report.

RICS impacts governments, developers, investors, consumers and other industry stakeholders. As an RICS-qualified professional, I understand my responsibility and commitment to the built environment profession and sector.

Michael Holland FRICS
CEO, Commercial Real Estate, Embassy Office Parks Management Services