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Professional Ethics for RICS Members

You will familiarise yourself with the five professional and ethical standards that underpin the behaviour of RICS members, and demonstrate how you would put them into practice.
3 hours formal CPD
£49 + VAT


One of the characteristics that distinguish an RICS member is the absolute commitment to our Rules of Conduct, including ethical principles. This course will explore the topics through interactive learning modules, scenarios and a “choose your own adventure” case study.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at anyone studying for RICS professional membership across all routes and pathways. By becoming a member of the RICS you will, in addition to demonstrating your professional knowledge and skills, have to show your understanding of and commitment to RICS’ Rules of Conduct.

This is free when you have an active subscription to either of our packages

 ✔ Qualification Support Package
 ✔ Development Package
 ✔ Member CPD Support pack

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Learning outcomes

  • Understand the importance of the RICS Rules of Conduct, including ethical principles and your role as an RICS professional
  • Know the five Rules of Conduct that RICS members observe
  • Understand how the Rules relate to the regulatory framework of RICS
  • Review and reflect on your learning from this short course
  • Complete the “choose your own adventure” case study

Module 1: Introduction to ethics and professionalism

  • What is ethics?
  • Different approaches to ethics
  • Clients’ interests and the public interest
  • The professionalism of RICS qualified professionals

Module 2 – The RICS Rules of Conduct, integrity and professional codes of ethics

  • The RICS ‘Rules of Conduct’
  • What is integrity?
  • Arguments for and against professional codes
  • Ethical justifications for professional codes

Module 3 – Ethical topics and considerations

  • Impartiality, objectivity, and conflicts of interest
  • Multi-Cultural ethics
  • Openness, honesty, and confidentiality
  • Trust and trustworthiness
  • Speaking up, whistleblowing and reporting

Module 4 – Choose your own adventure

  • In this case study you are an RICS qualified professional who has to make a series of difficult choices.  You will be asked to read a scenario and then to make a choice about what to do based on the information in that scenario. 

Important note for candidates applying for RICS membership

In addition to the course content outlined, if you are an applying to join RICS or you are an RICS assessor, the course includes a further case study and a multiple choice question test, which you must successfully complete to pass the course.

This course is included as part of the process of applying for membership and should be listed on your profile on the homepage of the academy If you are unable to see the course in your list of available courses, there may have been a technical issue stopping your account being linked or you might not have been added yet. You should not buy the course instead. For help and assistance with getting access, please fill out this form making sure to include your 7 digit RICS number.


  • Non-RICS professionals £49 + VAT
  • RICS professionals Free
  • Professional Qualification Support Package Subscribers Free
  • Professional Development Package Subscribers Free
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£49 + VAT