The Importance of RICs
Ask anyone in the property industry and they will be able to tell you about The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, it is seen as the source of almost every piece of information you will ever need to know while working as a surveyor.
It acts as the regulator of the property world, and is there to ensure good practice among it members, which operate in 146 countries.
RICs covers everything to do with surveyors, which is land, construction, and assets. Its seen as the eyes and ears of the industry, and it you want any kind of career as a surveyor, you should make sure that you are as involved with RICs as much as possible.
Why Join RICs?As soon as you start your career in property, you will be told about RICs and hopefully you will become a member, but what dos this actually mean and how can it benefit you?RICs is not just a UK based organisation, so if you do decide to see some of the world, while working in the property sector, then it is a good qualification to have under your belt, and employers will recognise this.
It could also give you the upper hand when it comes to getting a job and networking with others in the sector. One of the great things about RICs is that it can enable you to carry on learning and building on your qualifications as you work, and it will offer you the help you need.
How to Join RICsThere are a vast array of entry routes into RICs, but your first step should be to complete or enrol in a RICs accredited course.You will find it very hard to become a RICs member if you have not undergone any professional training or course that RICs has accredited.There are various levels of entry into RICs, and depending on which level you wish to join at, will determine how much experience you will need.Even at the most basic of levels and to become a chartered surveyor, which means you are accredited by RICs, you will need to demonstrate that you know the property market well and you have has some experience.
It is also likely that you will have to present to the RICs and explain what work you have carried out, and do some form of presentation on one of your projects, especially if you want to become a chartered surveyor.RICs prides itself in having high standards, and maintaining them, which is why it is not always easy to become a member, but once you are, it will be well worth it and you will find a lot more opportunities opening up for you.Almost every profession that is out there will have some form of association or representative body, RICs acts as more than this, it can provide you with helpful information about courses, training and employment. It can also keep you up to date with regulation affecting the market. It is important not to turn your back on RICs, but you should instead aim to be a part of it and see it as an essential part of your career in property.