- RICS expects that professionals claiming concessions will do so honestly and diligently. False or incorrect claims will be viewed as conduct issues and referred to Regulation for disciplinary action, which may lead ultimately to expulsion. As part of its routine processes RICS audits a percentage of concession requests. You may be required to submit evidence in support of any claim for a discounted rate. RICS reserves the right, in its full discretion, to decide whom it will make further enquiries from and the information it may require.
- If you are granted a concession and your circumstances then change you must tell RICS immediately and arrange to pay the full professional fee. There is no pro-rata concession if your circumstances change during the year, except where you retire part-way through the year.
- Only one personal concession can be applied for every year.
- Concessions must be applied for at the time of renewal. RICS will not provide any refunds should a concession be applied for after payment or commitment to pay.
- You may still apply for a concession if you are providing surveying services free of charge. However, if you are a principal in a firm regulated by RICS, your firm may be subject to the Rules of Conduct for Firms.
The surveying profession is defined as any providing a service or services within the meaning of Article 3 of the Royal Charter to professional, corporate, institutional or all other clients.
Concessions cannot be granted retrospectively and can be granted for the year of application only
Professionals are required to undertake and record appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Full details of your CPD requirements can be found at rics.org/cpd
RICS aims to ensure and facilitate CPD for all RICS professionals regardless of their background. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010, long term illness or other compassionate grounds, then exceptions may be made and these will be dealt with on a case by case basis. This may include reasonable adjustments in the number of hours undertaken or an alternative method of recording CPD. If you believe you are unlikely to meet the minimum requirements or require support in recording CPD then you should contact RICS as soon as possible for further advice and well before the recording deadline of 31 January.