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EXPERT: Why AssocRICS is still the best way to get ready for RoPA

As we reported yesterday attaining AssocRICS can be very difficult but it remains one of the best ways to prepare for property industry regulation.

Jen Lemen

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The AssocRICS qualification has been growing in popularity in recent years, providing an entry route to the surveying profession for experienced candidates or those who do not have traditional degree level qualifications.

But we often see candidates struggle with being successful due to the nature of the written assessment, which requires a high standard of written work and structured content.

With the right guidance on the structure and style of the submission, however, candidates from all backgrounds can succeed based on their work-based experience and on the job knowledge’.

AssocRICS is a vocational qualification provided by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

It sits below full Chartered status, MRICS and is a widely recognised qualification in its own right.

Given the Government’s plans to tighten regulation on the residential agency sector, becoming AssocRICS may be one way to satisfy the requirements.

To be eligible for AssocRICS, agents need to meet one of the following criteria:

  • 1 year of relevant experience and a relevant Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years’ relevant experience and a relevant higher, advanced or foundation qualification
  • 4 years’ relevant experience and no qualifications

This means that for experienced agents, it’s an accessible qualification and an excellent way to promote trust and respect from clients.

The AssocRICS assessment includes a written assessment. There is no interview or exam. Candidates need to enrol on the AssocRICS qualification before they can submit their written work to RICS.

The written parts include a ‘summary of experience’, a case study, proof of 48 hours of CPD and Completion of the online RICS Professionalism Module.

Once this is done, candidates can submit their documents to RICS within one of four UK windows each year and the results are published a month afterwards.

For AssocRICS, there are 13 sector pathways available. For most estate agents, the Residential Estate Agency pathway will be most appropriate.

But some may also wish to consider the Residential Property Management or Residential Survey and Valuation pathway (which provides access to becoming an AssocRICS RICS Registered Valuer).

On the Residential Estate Agency pathway, candidates will need practical experience of landlord and tenant, letting, legal/regulatory compliance, market appraisal, measurement and inspection of land and property, property records/information system and purchase and sale.

Jen’s top tips to pass the test
  • Present your work to a client-ready standard.
  • Ensure you include sufficient examples of your experience.
  • Undertake relevant CPD into legislation and RICS guidance to inform your Summary of Experience.
  • Don’t forget to proof read your work carefully before submission.
  • Ensure you understand the requirements of each competency before making a start on your submission.

Author: Jen Lemen BSc (Hons) FRICS is a Chartered Surveyor and co-founder of Property Elite, providing training and support to RICS APC and AssocRICS candidates.

March 2, 2022

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