Why Become RICS Qualified?
For those wanting to have a solid career in surveying, it’s a widely held goal to attain chartered status. Getting qualified as a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) surveyor establishes you as a surveyor who works to the highest standards. For many of the best roles in the industry, RICS qualifications are a must have, so a RICS professional qualification opens your career up to routes that would otherwise be closed to you.
Why Become a RICS Chartered Surveyor?
A RICS qualification bestows prestige. As the benchmark for excellent practice around the world, attaining member status offers a wealth of benefits, including increased access to exciting roles around the world, better salaries, and the opportunity to work on a wider range of project types.
Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors earn on average 12% more than their non-RICS equivalents, and this can increase with experience, for example, a surveyor who is at Fellowship level earns an average salary of £70,000 compared with £44,000 for their non RICS counterparts.
Types of RICS Members
There are three levels of RICS membership.
This is the entry level qualification for those with relevant work experience and vocational qualifications. This does not mean that the surveyor is chartered, but those who become Associate members can progress to chartered membership (MRICS)
Those who are professionals can join RICS – this could be via undertaking a RICS accredited degree, or those who are experienced professionals and hold a Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant experience.
The fellowship is for those who have made a special contribution to the chartered surveying profession. Only professional members who have made major achievements in their careers will be considered, and a full application evidencing this will need to be made.
RICS Assessment of Professional Competence
In order to qualify as a RICS Chartered Surveyor, you will be required to undertake the Assessment of Professional Competence (known as the APC). This will usually take place over 12 – 24 months depending on your chosen route. Passing the APC involves attaining specified levels of competencies in technical areas, as well as in business skills and professional ethics.
What type of jobs can you do?
There are many different roles associated with being a Chartered Surveyor including building surveying, residential surveying, quantity surveying and environmental surveying. In fact, attaining Chartered status can open a world of opportunity – you could work on some of the world’s most famous buildings or infrastructure projects, or even qualify as a fine arts surveyor.
How TRIQS helps its staff to become chartered
At TRIQS, we know that our staff are our main asset, so we encourage and support all of our teams to attain RICS qualifications, and also support those who have already attained membership to enjoy continuing professional development (CPD) training with us.
We pride ourselves in being regulated by RICS, as it shows that we understand the importance of RICS rules such as carrying out professional work with skill and care, and always work to the highest standards.
By being RICS qualified, our employees have access to lifelong learning and CPD, and access to a network of professional clients.