Author: Dan Foster
I get numerous phone calls from men and women looking to become a Quantity Surveyor with the aim of achieving MRICS. However, they have little knowledge or understanding on how this can be achieved, let alone what the process is. This is particularly true for those who haven’t obtained a RICS accredited degree.
For people without a RICS accredited degree, listen up.
Here are 3 methods which do not involve a RICS accredited degree, but 3 methods which will lead you to the Quantity Surveying equivalent to a Leprechauns “pot of gold”; MRICS.
1) No Qualification
4 years’ experience as a Quantity Surveyor -> Associate Assessment + Online Ethics Module -> AssocRICS -> an additional 4 years’ experience + 900 hours of CPD -> MRICS
2) Approved HND, HNC, NVQ3, BTEC or Foundation Degree
2 years’ experience as a Quantity Surveyor -> Associate Assessment + Online Ethics Module -> AssocRICS -> an additional 4 years’ experience + 900 hours of CPD -> MRICS
3) Approved direct entry to associate membership
Online Ethics Module -> 4 years Quantity Surveying experience* + 900 hours of CPD -> MRICS
The skill shortage is real and there is a lack of good Quantity Surveyors. The quickest route in would be a RICS accredited degree. However, we must consider alternatives and AssocRICS offers an unconventional route which in my opinion, is being underutilised.
*The 4 years Quantity Surveying experience is currently under review with the idea of reducing this period.
To clarify, this is not to be confused with Student RICS which allows the individual to start their APC diary immediately following your undergraduate degree, or during your postgraduate degree.
Additional Links for more information and detail:
http://www.rics.org/uk/join/new-associate-assocrics/progression-from-assocrics-to-mrics/ (N.B. This option is currently under review and a pilot is being carried out with a selection of residential candidates. Further information will be available by October 2018)