The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, known as RICS, is the pinnacle of the Quantity Surveying profession. It opens doors to the highest wages and roles. Through completing the Assessment of Professional Competence or APC, you can become what RICS term an ‘associate’ (AssocRICS), which is the entry-level membership. By satisfying further obligations you can become a fully chartered member. And by satisfying even further obligations, you can become a Fellow. We have videos on AssocRics & MRICS on other posts. A video on FRICS will be developed in the future. But are there any other member grades? In this post, we will elaborate on the final member grade.
There are 111,903 members listed on the RICS website split into the following.
· AssocRICS – 6,559 or 5.9%
· MRICS – 89,788 or 80.1%
· FRICS – 15,447 or 13.8%
· HonRICS – 109 or 0.09%
As you can see by the numbers alone, the rarest and most unawarded grade is HonRICS. What is it though, and how can you get it?
Simply put, HonRICS is an honorary member of RICS. This means you would not need to complete your APC or CPD diary or even an interview. RICS simply give you this title to attach to the end of your name.
Now, I can imagine you saying “This sounds great. Maybe even too good to be true. How do I get this?” This is where I burst your bubble. Honorary members of RICS can be awarded by RICS for their extraordinary achievements in one of the fields RICS dedicates to. The other option is to be Royalty. Both King Charles and the late Duke of Edinburgh are Honorary members of RICS. But we can’t imagine they’re putting HonRICS after their name of LinkedIn.
So, to answer the question in the title of the video, How Rare Is It & How Do You Get It?
Firstly, it is extremely rare and secondly, we suggest you achieve extraordinary achievements in your career. A good start is by keeping up to date with all the latest QS information by following us here.