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Civil engineers and foresters looking to join RCIS

Two professional organisations are interested in joining forces with the 110,000-member RICS.

Members of the 800-strong Institute of Chartered Foresters have similar standards and procedures in education and standard setting, and with close links with the rural economy, many feel that ICF members make natural partners with chartered surveyors.

At its March AGM, the ICF gave the green light to talks about a possible merger with RICS, while RICS Governing Council approved the discussions. If a way forward for merger is agreed, the final decision on the ICF side will lay with a vote of its members.

Meanwhile, RICS is talking with the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors about merger. ICES has a membership of 2,700 who specialise mainly in geospatial engineering, and construction and project management. ICES will be balloting its members in May.

These discussions are supported by all directly related RICS faculties &#45 rural, environment, geomatics, and construction &#45 and the Faculties and Forums Board. The RICS constitution authorises the governing council to decide on mergers when with bodies whose numbers represent below 7.5% of its own membership.


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