Becoming an RICS Member

Written by: RICS Recruit
Published on: 4 Apr 2016

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As the leading property professional body, becoming a member of RICS opens up a world of opportunities. What is membership all about, what are the advantages, and how do you become a member?

About the membership

Since 1868, RICS has been setting and enforcing standards in the property industry. Over 118,000 professionals worldwide have now attained RICS status, gaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace. The Royal Charter represents the ‘gold standard’ of excellence, with a guiding principle to act in the public interest.

Some of the many benefits of RICS membership include: free access to RICS professional guidance, affordable CPD, networking opportunities, a global website for anything from building your professional profile to reading journals, and extra support for SMEs to help in today’s challenging business environment.

Advantages of membership

Professionals in land, real estate, construction, and infrastructure choose to become RICS qualified for a number of reasons, including personal pride, career development, and to gain a competitive advantage.

On average, RICS members earn more than their unqualified peers. However, increased earning potential is just one of the many benefits of membership.

Five of the key benefits of RICS membership are:

  1. Status: Your RICS credentials command respect from clients and peers by demonstrating that you work to the highest professional and ethical standard. The qualification is prestigious and a personal achievement to be proud of.
  2. Recognition: By promoting the value of RICS standards we aim to ensure that professionalism is embedded in the market, which provides public confidence and drives demand for your services.
  3. Market advantage: By working to RICS standards you provide unrivalled confidence to the market and gain a competitive advantage.
  4. Knowledge: RICS provides a range of practice standards, CPD and best practice guidance to help you maintain the highest levels of professionalism and continue to develop your technical and professional knowledge.
  5. Network: With 118,000 professionals worldwide RICS connects you to other professionals and clients in local and global markets.

Types of membership

Why not join RICS, and over 118,000 of our members? There are several types of membership depending on your qualifications and the stage you’ve reached with your career.

RICS offers three main types of membership:

  1. Professional Experience (MRICS): This option allows experienced professionals to join RICS without the need for further study. You must have a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant post-degree work experience.
  2. Graduate (MRICS): Graduates can join with an RICS accredited degree. This includes graduates who have just left university and those who have already achieved a number of years of work experience by the time they complete their degree.
  3. Associate (AssocRICS): Entry-level qualification for those with relevant work experience and vocational qualifications. You must have four years of relevant work experience. Some vocational qualifications and professional body memberships qualify you for direct entry to Associate. Associate members can also progress to chartered membership (MRICS).

There is also the FRICS membership. The fellowship is for those who have made a special contribution to the profession. Only professional members who are major achievers in their careers can apply.

There are many routes to becoming a member, from Direct Entry to Senior Professional. Find the pathway that’s right for you.

*RICS and Macdonald and Company 2019 Rewards and Attitudes Survey, Based on the average salary of MRICS in comparison to unqualified professionals.