AssocRICS replaces TechRICS to provides a recognised qualification for non-graduates

RICS has launched the second phase of its AssocRICS, a recognised qualification within the property sector.

The new scheme provides an alternative route for non-graduates to qualifying as a residential surveyor, valuation worker and in residential agencies for sales and lettings.

AssocRICS is aimed at candidates who haven’t gone through the usual RICS graduate route to qualification.

It replaces the TechRICS qualification and has been rolled out across a number of specialist areas of the surveying profession including quantity surveying.

The associate assessment process is online and competency based, and qualification is achieved by demonstrating that RICS standards have been met through relevant work experience.

Louis Armstrong, RICS chief executive, said: “This new entry-level qualification is an opportunity for many who would like a career in the property sector but have previously been denied access to a professional qualification due to a lack of academic qualifications.

“For the first time, they will have an opportunity to work towards attaining chartered status.”

Launch partners for the residential survey and valuation qualification include Countrywide Surveyors and E-Surv and for the residential estate agency qualification; Andrews, Carter Jonas, Fine & Country, Grainger, Hamptons International and Winkworth.