It is essential for members of the public, clients and potential clients easily to identify ﬁrms that are ‘Regulated by RICS.’ A ﬁrm registered for regulation must display on its business literature a designation to denote that it is regulated by RICS. This designation should appear on the letterhead of all regulated ﬁrms.
In addition, it is recommended that all advertising and other public-facing communication materials carry the designation wherever possible. Use of the designation ‘Regulated by RICS’ offers an attractive marketing advantage to regulated ﬁrms. It distinguishes them from others in an often crowded and highly competitive trading environment.
Education establishment accreditations exist to support students and existing professionals in preparing for RICS membership while undertaking academic and vocational courses on topics relating to the profession.
Partnerships with universities represent the combined effort of a university and RICS to establish common goals and then to work together to achieve those goals in the development of new and existing courses for students wishing to work in the profession. RICS undertakes a rigorous process to select its university partners. Each partnership accredited course in each partner higher education institution is expected to meet five quality principles:
Partnerships are in place in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Middle East, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the United States.
If you are interested in finding partner universities, visit www.rics.org/courses
If you are interested in becoming a partner university, contact your local RICS office.
Course accreditation relies on experienced RICS academics and employers assessing each university’s programme to ensure there is both an appropriate curriculum and the resources in place to enable the delivery of the programme to meet the high standards demanded by RICS.
Every university is visited every few years by RICS auditors. The RICS external quality assurance system monitors the standards of graduates annually and each programme is monitored annually through an annual report. The accreditation process is highly valued by universities. All courses are audited against standards preparing graduates for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).
RICS aims to ensure that graduates have a stimulating and challenging education, which prepares them well for their professional career. The main criteria on which courses are assessed for accreditation are:
Course accreditation is in place in China, continental Europe, Malaysia and New Zealand.
If you are interested in finding accredited courses, visit www.rics.org/courses.
If you are interested in having a course accredited, contact your local RICS office.
RICS works with its university partners and with accredited course providers to accredit short programmes or courses. Short programmes can be a module or a series of course units delivered by a higher education provider – they do not need to deliver a university certificate after completion. This mode of accreditation is only available for higher education institutions where an RICS-accredited course already exists. RICS undertakes rigorous auditing and each module or unit is expected to meet five quality principles:
Approved modules are in place in continental Europe.
Approved modules give participants access to RICS membership
If you are interested in finding approved modules, visit www.rics.org/courses
If you are interested in having a module approved and you are one of the higher education institutions working with RICS, contact your local RICS office.
RICS recognise vocational and academic qualifications that support students in gaining access to accredited university courses and meeting eligibility requirements for the RICS Associate qualification.
If you are interested in finding affiliate colleges or gaining recognition as an affiliate college, contact your local RICS office.