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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 contact our Membership team on 02475 095337 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 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

  • For full details of application fees please contact us on 021-52433090 or email:

    Enrolment and assessment fees are based on the location of your final assessment. Final assessments do not take place in all countries; the associated fees are calculated by considering the location of staff and assessors to resource the assessment and the costs of venues and supporting materials in the locations.

    Each fee explained

    Candidate application fee

    When you apply to become an Associate Member, a candidate application fee is payable. This covers support materials, the online ethics course and access to our Assessment Resource Centre (ARC).

    Candidate subscription fee

    A candidate subscription fee is payable each year to cover support materials and access to ARC up to the point you become qualified.

    Find the ongoing annual candidate fees for your location

    Election fee

    When you qualify as an Associate Member, a one-off election fee is payable. This covers your award pack.

    Initial subscription fee

    The annual subscription fee for your first year of RICS membership. This covers access to all RICS professional services. Any candidate subscription fee (see above) paid for the same calendar year will be deducted from this total.


    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.

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 for membership, please call our Membership team on 021-52433090 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.







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