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Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

Become qualified as a Chartered Member (MRICS) if you have a bachelor’s degree or approved professional qualification.

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The Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) ensures that candidates are competent and meet the high standards of professionalism required to become a chartered surveyor.

These are a mix of technical and professional practice, interpersonal, business and management skills.

Things to consider before you apply for the APC

  • If your career has progressed based on seniority, specialisation or through academia, we have assessment routes to match your experience:

    • senior professional – you have experience as a leader and manager
    • specialist – you have enhanced skills as a recognised authority
    • academic – you are teaching or researching at a university.

    Find out more about senior professional, specialist or academic assessment

  • If you already have professional qualifications, or are a member of another professional body, you may be exempt from some of our entry criteria and be eligible for direct entry.

    To apply to be Chartered through direct entry, you’ll need:

    • a proposer who is Chartered (MRICS) or a Fellow (FRICS)
    • a record of your recent CPD
    • a letter from the professional body confirming your membership

    Find out more about direct entry

  • Combine 5 or more years of relevant work experience with any degree, or with an RICS-approved professional body membership qualification, and you may be able to progress to a final APC assessment following a preliminary review.

    Qualifications approved for APC preliminary review

    You can enrol on APC Prelim at any time, but must have 12 months of experience post degree or membership qualification when you submit at the preliminary review stage.

    Find out more about APC Prelim

    apply for preliminary review

  • If you hold an RICS accredited degree, there are a number of entry points available to you depending on your relevant work experience.

    Find out if you have an RICS accredited degree

    Your entry route will depend on how much relevant work experience you have and therefore if you need to undertake structured training.  See 'Structured training' below.

  • Surveying is a very broad profession covering disciplines as varied as building surveying, geomatics and valuation.

    When you join RICS you must choose a sector pathway related to your surveying experience. During your assessment process you will have to demonstrate your skills and knowledge related to this pathway.

    For Chartered membership, you can choose from 22 different Sector Pathways.

    Find out more about our Sector Pathways

  • You must appoint an RICS-qualified counsellor to support and guide you through your application and assessment process. Your counsellor must be either an RICS Fellow (FRICS), Chartered Member (MRICS) or an Associate Member (AssocRICS) with at least four years’ of RICS membership.

    If you don’t know an RICS member who can be your counsellor, we can help find someone to guide you through your application. Please contact our Membership team on +971 (0)4 375 3074 or email to find out how we can help you.

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the systematic updating and enhancement of skills, knowledge and competence that takes place throughout your working life.

    It should be closely linked to your current work.

    CPD can be taken from various sources including attending conferences, meetings or seminars, completing an academic course or informal reading. 

    Having met any specific CPD requirements to qualify, all RICS professionals must complete at least 20 hours of CPD activities each year.

  • You will be required to undertake some level of structured training if you have less than 10 years of relevant work experience.

    Structured training enables you to demonstrate how you have gained the skills and abilities needed to perform specific tasks or functions and therefore the required experience to achieve the competencies for your pathway.

    The length of structured training required depends on your previous experience:-

    • up to 5 years of experience requires 24 months of structured training
    • 5 to 10 years of experience requires 12 months of structured training
    • over 10 years of experience requires no structured training

    Structured training is either undertaken by you or provided by an employer.

    You will not be able to apply for the final assessment interview until your counsellor (and supervisor) certifies that, in their opinion, you have reached the level of competence required and have fulfilled the minimum training period.

    See a draft APC candidate training plan

  • The formal assessment process is the same for all APC candidates.

    Written submissions
    You will need to submit the following written summaries for formal assessment:

    • Summary of experience: statements for each level of competence required for your sector pathway. Mandatory competencies (1,500 words) and technical competencies (3,000 to 4,000 words)
    • Case study: 3,000 words on a recent project that shows your technical abilities. The project should not be older than 24 months.

    CPD record

    You must have completed 48 hours of CPD training during the last 12 months. Or 96 hours of CPD undertaken during the last 24 months, if you are undertaking 24 months structured training.

    RICS online ethics course
    You’ll also need to complete the RICS online ethics course, before you can attend an assessment interview

    60 minute assessment interview
    Following a 10-minute presentation by you on your case study, the panel of trained RICS assessors will ask questions on your presentation and your selected competencies.

    Download our Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Candidate Guide for a full outline of the assessment process

  • Excluding any required periods of employment, the formal assessment process can take between six and twelve months to complete.

    You have a maximum of six years from your date of enrolment to achieve the MRICS qualification.

  • Fees while you are a candidate

    These are made up of a one-off enrolment fee and ongoing candidate subscription fees.

    Enrolment fee:

    • South Africa: ZAR7534
    • Rest of Africa: $510

    The enrolment fee covers your candidate registration, online ethics course and final assessment.
    The candidate subscription fee covers support materials and access to our Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) and is payable each year up to the point you become qualified.

    Find the ongoing annual candidate fees for your location

    Fees once you have qualified

    These are made up of a one-off election fee and ongoing subscription fees.

    Election fee: 

    • South Africa: ZAR8381
    • Rest of Africa: $699

    The election fee covers your member registration and award pack and includes your first-year annual subscription fee that provides access to all RICS professional services.
    Any candidate subscription fee (see above) paid for the same calendar year will be deducted from the election fee.

    Find the ongoing annual candidate fees for your location


    All fees are non-refundable unless you withdraw your application within a cooling off period of 14 days (10 working days) from the date your enrolment is processed by RICS. If you decide to withdraw your application please contact us on the details above.

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Company enrolments

If you need to enrol more than one person from your company for membership, please call our Membership team on +971 (0)4 375 3074 or email

Select the entry point to APC qualification that best suits your experience below:

If you qualify for a preliminary review:

apply for preliminary review

Studying for a part-time RICS accredited degree AND in full-time employment:
already have an RICS accredited degree AND less than 10 years of relevant work experience:

apply for the APC with structured training

Have more than 10 years of relevant work experience AND an RICS accredited degree:

apply for the APC without structured training


What happens next?

Once you have made an application we will check it to confirm that you have chosen the best route to membership for you.

Support materials
We'll then email you more detailed information about the process, guidance notes for your counsellor and information about how to use our Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) website.


Joining enquiries

If you have any questions about joining RICS or our qualifications, please call 02476 868 555, email or complete an enquiries form.

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