The agreement will help facilitate, among other things, the professional activity of Spanish surveyors abroad.
(Translation of the original article published in El Mundo 20/02/17)
Spanish Technical Architects will now have direct access to the prestigious certification of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), one of the most exclusive and recognized international organizations of real estate professionals, which, among other things, will allow professionals to work abroad and ensure the compliance to RICS's standards.
José Antonio Otero, president of the General Council of Technical Architecture of Spain (CGATE) and Maarten Vermeulen, director of RICS, Europe, signed a mutual recognition agreement last Friday that articulates the collaboration that both associations have maintained in recent years.
Thanks to this agreement Spanish Technical Architects will have direct access become associate members of RICS.
In order to be an associate member of RICS - in the field of Building Surveying Technical architects need to to have one year of relevant professional experience and to pass an exam jointly developed by CGATE and RICS along with and ethics evaluation.
The signed agreement establishes the objective of expanding the number of specialities as soon as possible. This access route to RICS allows the possibility of more experienced Spanish Technical Architects to access other routes established by RICS, in particular, the Senior Professional, Senior Expert or Professionally Experienced route.
Likewise, CGATE commits to recognising the professional qualifications of RICS members who fulfil the Spanish legal requirements. The CGATE will advise and where appropriate, report favourably to the Spanish authority - Ministerio de Fomento, requests for recognition of Qualifications in Spain for members of the RICS who possess academic qualifications comparable to those of Technical Architects. “With this agreement, we have improved the international employability of Spanish technical architects and engineers and contributed to the prestige of our profession,” said the president of the CGATE, José Antonio Otero. Maaten Vermeulen stated during the signing of the agreement that “the current collaboration between RICS and CGATE will be supported, enhanced and expanded, thanks to this agreement.”
The framework partnership agreement also opens the possibility of future collaborations, such as the recognition by RICS of training programs or professional certification systems promoted by the Colleges of Architects and Technical Architects.
RICS is a professional organization that accredits professionals in the field of real estate, development and construction. Founded in London in 1868, it now has more than 125,000 accredited professionals in more than 140 countries.
The Spanish General Council of Technical Architecture groups 55 Colleges of Surveyors and Technical Architects of Spain, to which more than 50,000 professionals belong.