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Associate Member (AssocRICS)

Associate Member (AssocRICS)

Become qualified as an Associate Member (AssocRICS) if you have work-based experience.

You can enrol at any time in your career, but you must meet one of our eligibility requirements before applying for assessment:

  • 1 year of relevant experience and a relevant bachelor’s degree*
  • 2 years of relevant experience and a relevant higher/advanced/foundation qualification*
  • 4 years of relevant experience (no qualifications required).

* Any qualifications must be directly related to your selected pathway. See sector pathways below.

Before you apply

  • 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. However, you must pass the RICS online ethics course to join through direct entry.

    To apply to be an Associate Member through direct entry, you’ll need:

    • a proposer who is a Chartered Member (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

  • Surveying is a very broad profession covering disciplines as varied as building surveying, geomatics and valuation. Because of this, 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 Associate membership, you can choose from 13 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 email your region's candidate support team to find out how we can help you.


    Download the counsellor guide

  • 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 need to submit a written summary of your professional experience, a case study, and a record of your continuing professional development (CPD), as well as completing an online ethics course. Depending on your experience, it takes between 6-12 months to complete the assessment process.

    Online ethics training

    All candidates must complete and pass the RICS online ethics course. If you initially fail this course, you can retake it.

    Written submissions

    • Summary of experience: a total of 3,000 words showing your experience related to aspects of your chosen sector pathway.
    • Case study: 2,500 words on a recent project that shows your technical abilities. The project should not be older than 24 months.
    • CPD record: 48 hours of training undertaken during the last 12 months.

    Submission for assessment

    Once you have passed the ethics training, your counsellor will confirm when you are ready for your written submissions to be sent to us for assessment.

    Download our Associate Member: Candidate Assessment Guide for a full outline of the assessment process

  • Fees and subscriptions are to be paid in full. They are not paid pro-rata.

    Application fees

    Enrolment fee: £477

    This amount is made up of an initial enrolment fee and candidate subscription fee. 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.


    • When enrolment takes place before 1 October you will pay the current year’s subscription in full and you will then be required to pay the following year’s subscription when this becomes due, on 1st January.
    • When enrolment takes place after 1 October, your subscription fee will cover the period from October to December of the current year and all of the following year.

    Subscription fees

    Election fee: £292

    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.

    RICS subscription is due every year on 01 January

    Find the ongoing annual subscription 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.


    If you have any questions about fees, please contact our Membership team or 02475 095337 or complete our membership enquiries form.

Now you are ready to start your application

If you haven't already got an online account, you'll need to create one.

Create an online account now

Then you can apply, for which you'll need the following:

  • your course title, institution name and start year (if still in education)
  • your employer details (if in work)
  • your counsellor’s RICS number (if you have identified one)

Apply to become an Associate

Company enrolments

If you need to enrol more than one person from your company, call our Membership team on 02475 095337 or email


What happens next?

After you've set up your account and completed the registration form, we will check your application 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.

Joining enquiry form


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