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Career Progression Highlight – FRICS

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Building a Better You

Property Elite’s sole aim is to build better property professionals - supporting your career every step of the way, whether you are an AssocRICS or RICS APC candidate or a MRICS or FRICS Chartered Surveyor simply seeking engaging CPD.

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What is this week's blog about?

In this week’s blog, we look at why you might want to become a Fellow of the RICS (FRICS) and how this can provide a boost to your career prospects.

You can read the full guidance and access the application procedure via the RICS website.

Who can become FRICS?

Any Member of the RICS, i.e. MRICS, can apply to become FRICS. This is irrespective of how long you have been qualified as MRICS. However, applications for candidates who have been qualified for 5 years or less may take slightly longer to be assessed by RICS. Generally, this can take up to 2 months.

If you have unresolved complaints or conduct issues, or an incomplete CPD record, then you will not be able to progress to FRICS.

What are the benefits of becoming FRICS?

There are many benefits of becoming FRICS, including:

  • Personal pride

  • Career progression

  • Recognition from peers and clients

  • Being a role model for others

FRICS demonstrates a clear step forwards from MRICS, which required evidence of competence within a range of technical and professional competencies. FRICS, in comparison, requires evidence of career progression, experience and recognition within the industry.

What does the FRICS assessment include?

The FRICS assessment requires you to complete an application form.

This includes:

  • Personal and professional information

  • Employment history

  • Academic and professional qualifications

  • Personal statement on your role, practice and ambitions for the future (maximum 500 words)

  • Written statements for four fellowship characteristics, including supporting evidence (maximum 500 words per statement)

  • MRICS or FRICS referee

  • Declaration

What are the fellowship characteristics?

There are four categories of fellowship characteristic; Champion, Expert, Influencer and Role Model. You must choose four fellowship characteristics to support your application, with robust supporting evidence for each.

The individual characteristics within each category are set out within the Candidate Guide.

An example characteristic from each of the four categories are set out below:

  • Champion: Service to RICS – being an APC assessor or being involved with a Regional Board, evidenced by a confirmation letter from an APC chairperson or RICS staff

  • Expert: Gained a post-graduate qualification – being awarded a master’s degree in a related subject, evidenced by the degree certificate

  • Influencer: Diversity & inclusion – supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion within your workplace or wider profession, evidenced by confirmation of your role and input from your manager, a colleague, independent organisation or senior industry figure

  • Role Model: Operation – developing or influencing business practices improving how services are delivered, evidenced by confirmation of your role from your manager, a colleague or a senior industry figure

What are our top tips for FRICS success?

How can we help?

If you would like support with your FRICS application, book in a free 15 minute consultation with Property Elite before submitting your application for a written review.

You can also check out our further advice on FRICS in Jen Lemen BSc (Hons) FRICS, co-founder of Property Elite’s forthcoming book, How to Become a Chartered Surveyor (with a chapter on FRICS), available to pre-order via Amazon.

Stay tuned for our next blog post to help build a better you.

N.b. Nothing in this article constitutes legal, professional or financial advice.


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