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:
* Any qualifications must be directly related to your selected pathway. See sector pathways below.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Assessment Resource Centre (ARC) is an online tool where you will manage your assessment details, CPD and selected competency records, and prepare your submission for assessment.
You will use ARC throughout your assessment journey.
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.
All candidates must complete and pass the RICS online ethics course. If you initially fail this course, you can retake it.
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.
Fees and subscriptions are to be paid in full. They are not paid pro-rata.
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.
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
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.
If you haven't already got an online account, you'll need to create one.
Then you can apply, for which you'll need the following:
If you need to enrol more than one person from your company, call our Membership team on 02475 095337 or email email@example.com.
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.
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.
If you have any questions about joining RICS or our qualifications, please call 02476 868 555 or complete an enquiries form.