Institute offers new qualification to professionals without a degree working in facilities management

RICS has extended its associate membership to include the facilities managers.

The AssocRICS qualification, which replacesTechRICS, is open to those with the relevant experience or qualifications in facilities management and is an entry level professional qualification that offers an alternative to the RICS graduate route for those without an RICS accredited degree.

AssocRICS offers a progressive route to chartered facilities manager status by enabling facilities managers without a degree but with vocational competence to undertake study modules to work towards the APC.

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

Louis Armstrong, RICS chief executive said: “FM is becoming increasingly more important, sophisticated and demanding. We all know how vital it is for our quality of life in buildings.

"The new qualification is a further building block in RICS’ strategy to raise professional standards within facilities management.”