RICS director of corporate affairs Gillian Charlesworth explains why RICS is reforming its qualifications

Like any organisation, RICS reviews its core policies and activities regularly to make sure that they remain relevant to the global market need and the latest advances in thinking and technology across the world. We are reviewing a number of policies right now, including the required competencies to qualify in each professional discipline. However, there will be no compromise in standards as a result of this process.

At the heart of everything we do is the drive to maintain and enforce professional standards in land, property and construction. This is becoming ever more important, given the current economic climate and increasingly competitive marketplace.  We know that governments and end users of our members’ services are placing increasing reliance on standards and professionalism during tough times. We are fully committed to ensuring that our qualifications are the most respected in the industry and will continue to work with our members to ensure this remains the case.

We are always open to new ideas and ways of thinking, and regularly engage in review and consultation to stimulate this. We consistently consult our members through a variety of communication channels, from Governing Council and Professional Group Boards to member discussion forums.

One thing is certain, the world does not stand still and we need to constantly ask ourselves if our ways of doing things remain relevant.