What is the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)?

With around 100,000 qualified members and over 50,000 students and trainees in some 140 countries, the RICS is the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction. An independent, not-for-profit organisation, RICS acts in the public interest: setting and regulating the highest standards of competence and integrity among its members; and providing impartial, authoritative advice on key issues for business, society and governments worldwide. Accountable to its members and to the public, the roles of RICS are:

Knowledge and best practice

  • Setting the highest standards of academic achievement, practical training and lifelong learning.
  • Accrediting over 600 courses at leading universities worldwide.
  • Setting and promoting international best practice in professionalism.


  • Regulating the profession through ethical principles and a state-of-the-art regulatory framework that works with the grain of modern business life.
  • Providing a workable and robust framework of protection and redress for clients.

Public affairs

  • Advising governments and NGOs on legislation and other public policy issues.
  • Leading debate on major global issues affecting business and society, from climate change to international development.

Research and economic analysis

  • Leading edge research into key issues in the built and natural environments.
  • Analysing property and construction markets and their impact on economies.