- RICS expects that professionals claiming concessions will do so honestly and diligently. False or incorrect claims will be viewed as conduct issues and referred to Regulation for disciplinary action, which may lead ultimately to expulsion. As part of its routine processes RICS audits a percentage of concession requests. You may be required to submit evidence in support of any claim for a discounted rate. RICS reserves the right, in its full discretion, to decide whom it will make further enquiries from and the information it may require.
- If you are granted a concession and your circumstances then change you must tell RICS immediately and arrange to pay the full professional fee. There is no pro-rata concession if your circumstances change during the year, except where you retire part-way through the year. Only one personal concession can be applied for every year.
- Claims for 2018 concessions received after 31 December 2017 will only be considered if you permanently retire from the surveying profession during the year and do not intend to return to work for remuneration, or take a career break to raise a family and are not working for remuneration, or become pregnant or newly adopt a child under the age of 16, or are working on the teaching of surveying related courses, or are unable to work due to ill-health or incapacity.
- You may still apply for a concession if you are providing surveying services free of charge. However, if you are a principal in a firm regulated by RICS, your firm may be subject to the Rules of Conduct for Firms. Please contact RICS on 020 7695 1670 for further information.
The surveying profession is defined as any activity or specialism within the responsibilities of any of the Professional Groups.
Professionals are required to undertake and record appropriate Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
RICS aims to ensure and facilitate CPD for all RICS professionals regardless of their background. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as disability as defined under the Equality Act 2010, long term illness or other compassionate grounds, then exceptions may be made and these will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
This may include reasonable adjustments in the number of hours undertaken or an alternative method of recording CPD. If you believe you are unlikely to meet the minimum requirements or require support in recording CPD then you should contact RICS as soon as possible for further advice and well before the recording deadline of 31 January.
Full details of your CPD requirements can be found at rics.org/cpd
Applications for non-practising, part-time, and unemployed concessions must be received by 31 December 2017. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
Concessions cannot be granted retrospectively and can be granted for the year of application only.