Committee Member Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there an upper age limit?


2. What is the application process?

The application process involves several stages, as follows:

  • First, you will be required to complete eligibility questions and a competency based application form;
  • Next, you will be invited to complete an online situational judgment test;
  • If you are successful in progressing through this stage you may be invited to complete additional tests.
  • The final stage will involve a face to face interview with the RICS Appointment Panel and a case study exercise.

Full details of the application process along with a timeline are available on the current website.

3. Can I become a Committee Member if I have a full-time job?

Yes, though you will be required to commit to circa 15 - 20 days per annum and 2 days for training.

4. What will the time commitment be for the appointments?

Committee Members will need to commit circa 1- 2 days per month and 2 days training per year. Please note that this may be in blocks of 2-3 days. You will be informed of hearing dates 3 months in advance.

5. How much travel is involved?

Most hearings take place in Birmingham, or on occasion, in London. If you are appointed from a region outside the UK, you will join hearings by conferencing facilities (usually skype). This may require joining hearings at unusual hours. Hearings are usually scheduled to take place at 10:00 UTC (Western European Time). You may therefore either need to join hearings by conferencing facilties, or on occasion, you may need to travel from home to the location of hearings, training or other events and meetings as required. You will be required to book your travel and accommodation in accordance with the RICS travel and expenses policy.

6. Is this a fixed term appointment?

The initial appointment will be for a period of three years. You have the right to reapply after this period for further three years.

7. Is the role remunerated?

Yes, Committee Members are entitled to remuneration of £340.00 per day (incl. VAT) and reasonable travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses in accordance with the RICS policy.

8. Do I need to use a computer?

Yes. RICS conducts as much of its business as possible through electronic media (such as electronic bundles and Doodle for availability). You should therefore expect to have access to and be able to use computer software, email and the internet.

9. How much experience are you looking for?

It is desirable that applicants can demonstrate previous committee, tribunal or disciplinary experience, but experience of making decisions in the public interest is necessary.

10. Do I require any experience of working in regulation?

This is not a pre-requisite; you need to hold current membership with RICS if you are applying as a Professional Member. If you are applying as a Lay Member, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of the regularity environment.

11. Will feedback be provided if I am unsuccessful? 

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications expected for this role, individual feedback will only be available to those who are taken through to the interview stage.

12. Are Committee Members required to have personal indemnity insurance or is this covered by RICS?

Yes, Committee Members are covered.

13. How is payment made? Are Committee Members required to set up as a Limited Company and invoice RICS?

No, RICS makes payment to Committee Members by PAYE. This does not make Committee Members employees of RICS.

14. If I am unsuccessful on this occasion, can I apply again in the future?

You may apply again if you are unsuccessful on this occasion; however, we require that you wait a period of at least 6 months in order to build the skills or experience that that may have been insufficient or lacking in your previous application.

15. When are the training dates and are they mandatory?

Training is mandatory. Dates are to be confirmed but normally take place twice a year, in the autumn and in the summer.

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