The Info List - RICS

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The ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS (RICS) is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land , property and construction sectors worldwide.

Members holding RICS qualifications may use the following designations after their name: MRICS (Member), FRICS (Fellow), AssocRICS (Associate). Those with the designation MRICS or FRICS are also known as chartered surveyors.


* 1 History * 2 International presence * 3 Membership * 4 Professional groups * 5 Specialist accreditations * 6 Past Presidents * 7 RICS Matrics * 8 BCIS * 9 Charitable works * 10 See also * 11 Notes * 12 References * 13 External links


The RICS was founded in London
as the INSTITUTION OF SURVEYORS after a meeting of 49 surveyors at the Westminster Palace Hotel on 15 June 1868. The inaugural president was John Clutton (who founded Cluttons
, a property firm still in business today). The institution has occupied headquarters on the corner of Great George Street and Parliament Square since then. It received a Royal charter
Royal charter
as THE SURVEYORS\' INSTITUTION on 26 August 1881.

The Surveyors' Institution became the CHARTERED SURVEYORS\' INSTITUTION in 1930. In 1946, George VI
George VI
granted the title "Royal" and in 1947 the professional body became the ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS.


The RICS headquarters is in London
with its main support functions in Coventry
. There are regional offices in the United Kingdom, across mainland Europe, in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Brazil.

In 2015, there were RICS-qualified professionals in more than 140 countries. The total number of those accredited worldwide was 120,000, plus student membership of 81,000. The majority of accredited individuals or members are still based in the United Kingdom with large numbers also in mainland Europe, Australia and Hong Kong. There is now a strong growth globally, and particularly in China, India and the Americas.

The RICS has close links with many national surveying institutions and is a founding member association of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). Within the RICS the primary areas of practice represented at FIG are geomatics (land and hydrographic survey), environment, planning, construction and valuation.

The RICS works in close collaboration with other professional bodies, central banks and international organisations such as The United Nations , World Bank
World Bank
and The European Union . In 2013 the RICS was a founder member of the coalition to develop International Property Measurement Standards , which launched its first standard – for measuring office space – in November 2014. In 2014 the RICS was a founder member of the coalition to develop International Ethics Standards. In each case, coalition member bodies are committed to implementing the new standards through training and guidance for professional practitioners.


Entry to membership of the RICS is via four main routes: academic; graduate; technical; and senior professional. The RICS has links with universities worldwide, with whom they have accredited approved courses which satisfy part of the qualification requirements to become trainee surveyors. The RICS also offers expedited routes to membership for qualified professional members of some partner associations.

The RICS requires members to update their knowledge and competence during their working life through Continuing Professional Development .

* Associate members may use "AssocRICS" after their names (previously members at this level were known as Technical Members and used the designation "TechRICS"). * Professional Members may use "MRICS" after their names (previously members at this level were known as Professional Associates and used the designation "ARICS"). * Fellows may use "FRICS" after their names. * Honorary members may use “HonRICS” after their names.

Individuals holding the professional MRICS or FRICS designation are entitled to use the professional title designation "Chartered Surveyor" and variations such as "Chartered Building Surveyor" or "Chartered Quantity Surveyor", depending on their chosen specialist qualifications and field of expertise.


The RICS specifies areas of specialism, each with its own professional group, clustered into Land, Property and Construction. Within each professional group there may be further specialisms.


Arts & Antiquities Environment Building Control

Commercial Property Geomatics Building Surveying

Dispute Resolution Minerals & Waste Project Management

Facilities Management Planning & Development Quantity Surveying & Construction

Machinery Charity Property Help, which provides property advice to charities and voluntary organisations, and The Chartered Surveyors' Voluntary Service (CSVS), a registered charity providing free property advice to people who would otherwise struggle to access professional assistance.


* RICS School of Built Environment * Chartered surveyors in the United Kingdom * Construction
Industry Council * International Valuation Standards Committee , of which the RICS is a founding member * Chartered Institute of Building , a sister professional body within the built environment


* ^ Under the charter, full members were classed as Fellows (FSI) or Professional Associates (PASI). Non-chartered associate and student memberships were also provided for.


* ^ "History". RICS. 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. * ^ A B "The Institution of Surveyors". The Times
The Times
. The Times Digital Archive. 10 September 1881. p. 12. Retrieved 27 September 2014. (subscription required) * ^ "Chartered Surveyors". The Times
The Times
. The Times
The Times
Digital Archive. 15 November 1930. p. 8. Retrieved 27 September 2014. (subscription required) * ^ "Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors". The Times
The Times
. The Times Digital Archive. 28 May 1946. p. 8. Retrieved 27 September 2014. (subscription required) * ^ "AssocRICS – the new grade". RICS. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-11. * ^ Professional Groups of the RICS * ^ A B http://www.ricssbe.org * ^ A full list of past presidents * ^ RICS * ^ Designing Buildings Wiki, Last edited 08 Jul 2014 * ^ RICS * ^ RICS * ^ RICS