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New RICS qualifications promote access to property profession

These new specialisms are now open to applicants and will further open up the profession in the fields of property, land and construction, RICS said.

The RICS Associate qualification was launched in 2009 across five specialisms. However, applicants will now be able to qualify in the fields of commercial property management, valuation, building surveying, building control, land and engineering surveying, hydrographic surveying and residential property management.

Associate status allows those without traditional academic qualifications to enter the property profession, with candidates training while in employment. These new routes will provide fairer access to the profession and boost the number professionals adhering to RICS standards. Upon completion of the qualification, candidates then have the option of studying towards full Chartered Surveyor status.

‘These seven new qualifications are excellent news for those looking to a career in property and for the profession as a whole. Candidates with industry experience or vocational qualifications now have the opportunity to gain recognition for their skills and attain RICS Associate membership. With a greater number of professionals adhering to RICS standards the industry can only benefit from increased professionalism and transparency,’ said Richard Deeprose, RICS spokesperson.

Heidi Shankster, RICS Director, pointed out that people currently working in the property, land and construction industry, can join RICS and start working towards their qualification now.
‘If you have four years' relevant work experience or an appropriate vocational qualification, plus a period of work experience, you may already be eligible for assessment. While not equating to full Chartered Surveyor status, the qualification represents a significant first step on the ladder for those with aspirations of becoming a Chartered Surveyor,’ she added.