RICS launches new real estate qualification

By Bridging Loan Directory -


Real Estate Agency Associate pathway now available

RICS has today launched a new qualification, allowing those from non-traditional educational backgrounds to gain recognition of their experience in residential, commercial and mixed-use property.

Few property professionals operate in solely one area and while most pathways are specific in terms of specialism, this qualification is more multi disciplinary for agency professionals, reflecting the changing needs of the industry.

RICS Associate members earn around £5,500 more than their non-qualified counterparts* and enjoy greater prospects and employability.

RICS Associate qualifications were introduced in 2009 and allow those without traditional academic qualifications to enter the property profession, with candidates training while in employment.

RICS Associate provides fairer access to the profession and ensures candidates and members are adhering to RICS standards. Upon completion of the qualification, candidates then have the option of studying towards full chartered surveyor status.

The latest Associate pathway allows those without the traditional university education to gain a qualification that recognises their skills and experience in a variety of real estate sectors. Few property professionals work solely in one area so this new multi disciplinary qualification reflects the changing face of the industry.

RICS Associate members earn significantly more than their non-qualified counterparts and – by qualifying in a variety of sectors – they can enjoy greater, more flexible career options. While not equating to full Chartered Surveyor status, the qualification represents a significant first step on the ladder.

Richard Deeprose, RICS spokesperson