Ethics, Rules Of Conduct and Professionalism (Level 2 Portfolio) Flashcards
What is the structure of RICS?
RICS is a governing council that report to a management board, a standards and regulation board and an audit committee that all ensure RICS members and firms follow rules and obligations.
What are the rules of conduct for a RICS professional?
There are 5 main rules of conduct,
Must be honest, act with integrity and comply with both professional and RICS obligations.
Must maintain their professional competence and ensure services are provided by competent persons.
Must provide good-quality and diligent service.
Must treat others with respect and encourage diversity and inclusion.
Must act in the publics interest, take responsibility for their actions and act to prevent harm and maintain public confidence of the profession.
What were the recent changes to the rules of conduct?
There is the new rules of conduct document that replaces and simplifies other documents which were Rules of conduct for members, Rules of conduct for firms and Global professional ethical standards.
It is rules of conduct 2021 and came into force February 2022.
What are the CPD requirements for a RICS professional?
20 hours minimum per calendar year, at least 10 hours of formal and 10 hours of informal.
What is the disciplinary process for not following RICS standards or rules?
Depending on the seriousness of the case it will go through the Head of Regulation will consider taking disciplinary action and then either go to different boards and can range from fines to expulsion.
Can you give examples of when work is out of your competence and how you have dealt with it?
After carrying out a carbide test for potential rising damp in a bathroom the results were not clear and I needed a senior with more expertise with this particular situation to guide me in the right direction where it was decided to step back and take a holistic approach to the defect instead of focusing on the wall, remember there is drainage near by which may have defects causing the moisture so actions were put out to change the drainage system.
I generally use the seniors to help guide with the correct repair for the situation as I am still gaining experience with each specific situation.
How and when have you used RICS guidance notes to help with your learning/competence/work?
Conflicts of interest was used to gain basic knowledge on the area, as well as the home survey standard, which I used to help produced my stock condition site notes template to help my through the survey.
What is the legislation covering anti-fraud, bribery and corruption?
Bribery Act 2010 is the main,
Some others include:
Fraud Act 2006
Theft Act 1968
Prevention of social housing fraud act 2013
What is fraud?
When there is an abuse of position, false representation and failure to disclose information.
What is bribery?
Something that is given or promised (usually money or a gift) to influence someone’s judgment or conduct.
What is corruption?
Dishonest practices and improper conduct. It may come from bribery or embezzlement, someone’s gain deceiving the company.
What is PCCs policy on gifts and hospitality?
You should not accept any gifts or hospitality without obtaining prior consent from your director of service, only accept if there is no danger or misinterpretation.
All gifts and hospitality must be registered on the gifts and hospitality register. However it is best practice to decline anything. Even declined gifts must be registered.
What is a conflict of interest?
When someone’s judgement or actions at work are or could be affected by something that could lose their impartiality
How do you deal with a conflict of interest?
You must have record keeping of how you have considered and implemented controls and systems that have either mitigated the risks of a conflict of interest or reasoning of why you have proceeded with informed consent.
What are the professional obligations of members?
- You must comply with the CPD requirements, which are 20 hours of CPD for each calendar year, 10 hours of which must be formal.
- Members must cooperate with RICS.
- Members must promptly provide all information reasonably requested by the standards and regulation board or those exercising delegated authority on its behalf