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The Society is pleased to have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), a globally recognised professional body designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments. 

We have a long relationship with RICS, with many professionals being members of both organisations. The Society and RICS have worked together on many occasions including hosting joint sessions at the GEO Business and AGI GeoCom conferences, developing the new Spatial Data Specialist Apprenticeshipand producing a guide to accreditation for geospatial professionals. This strategic memorandum of understanding  will further increase collaboration, strengthening the relationship between our chartered qualifications  and how we work together to deliver activities that support knowledge sharing, the development of professional skills and careers, and advocacy for the importance of geospatial data.  

Nigel Clifford, President of the Society at time of signing the agreement, said: “No organisation can do everything, or reach everyone, on their own. Strategic relationships, such as this one with RICS, pave the way to comprehensive and coherent support for those building their careers. Together we can amplify the benefits of professional development, while ensuring the value of geospatial data is more widely recognised.”

Gordon Johnston, RICS Governing Council (Land and Natural Resources)   said: “The relationship with the Society is important to RICS, and to the overall benefit of the geospatial profession. Professional and technical capacity building is critical to the future of our geospatial sector and collaboration with the Society is a big step forward on this, especially on advanced apprenticeships and university support. Government wants to hear a coherent clear message from professional sectors and this agreement helps create a framework for increased collaboration on thought leadership, government influence and policy development.”

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