The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide.
RICS was founded in 1868 as the “Institution of Surveyors”, became “The Surveyors’ Institution” in 1881, was renamed the “Chartered Surveyors’ Institution” in 1930 before being granted the title ‘Royal’ to become the present-day “Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors” in 1947.
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.
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.