APC Final Assessment Advice from Jon Lever FRICS

Jon Lever’s advice:
The Final Assessment

  It is a good idea to treat your panel as if you were attending a progress meeting with a client, be on your best professional behaviour, have your client’s interest foremost in your mind and be able to explain and discuss yourself professionally and succinctly.

At the APC Final Assessment a candidate must convince a panel of professional Chartered Surveyors that they are a ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ and should they achieve their Chartered Status and set up their own practice they know their business and they understand how they are expected to conduct themselves and not bring themselves, the institution and all other Chartered Surveyors into disrepute.

Assessors do not expect candidates to be experts in every competency they declare, but they do expect candidates to have made the effort to have fully understood and taken steps to experience the depth and breadth of their declared competencies
The APC Final Assessment is not easy, it is not meant to be, it is a professional interview where a successful candidate demonstrates to other Chartered Surveyors that they are competent and can be trusted to be professional. Continue reading

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Jon Lever’s FRICS advice for starting your RICS APC journey the right way …

Jon Lever’s advice for starting  your RICS APC the right way …

Understand the APC Process
Get the RICS APC Guides from www.rics.org. Make sure that you have read and fully understand them as about a quarter of the candidates I have assessed have in part been referred because they don’t properly understand the APC process.  You should be reading them at least once every 3 to 4 months.  Candidates from outside the UK also need to check the differences in the APC for their world region, see theRICS web site for details.
Get a relevant job
You can only start your APC if you are employed in a relevant surveying role, gaining the experience expected for the pathway you intend to follow.  It is also beneficial if your employer is committed and willing to provide you with a Structured Training Plan.  RICS Training Advisors(RTA) can assist and advise employers regarding any aspect of the APC process.  Find your RTA at www.rics.org.
Get a supervisor and counsellor
Depending on your APC route, you will need a supervisor and/or a counsellor to mentor you through the APC process. Whilst it is vitally important for you to take responsibility for your APC and career, a supervisor and/or counsellor should advise, guide and support you. Make sure they have the relevant, up to date APC Guides and that they are aware of their role and responsibilities. They should be supporting you with guiding you towards the correct experience, monitoring your progress and signing off your competency achievement.
Understand the competencies
At the final assessment you will need to demonstrate to the assessors that your full and detailed understanding (Level1) of each declared competency has enabled you to seek out and gain experience (Level 2) and the opportunity to advise (Level 3). The APC Guides provide explanation of the competency requirements / options for each pathway. Your supervisor and counsellor should help you interpret each competency and discuss the experience available to help you achieve your competency goals. If you have questions about the specific competencies that you and/or your supervisor and counsellor are unsure about then you could contact and discuss your queries with an RICS APC Mentor from your pathway.
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Tip of the day 5 of 5 What is the difference between informal and formal CPD recording ?

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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CPD – what do I record?  i_iPhone

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one of the sections that has been updated in the latest RICS templates.  You are required to record 48 hours of learning per year and at least 50% of it should be classed as formal learning.

When you are following the APC process, the 50% minimum formal CPD requirement is easily achieved as the amount of reading and learning you need to do to bring yourself up to date with the Level 1 competency knowledge is more than enough.

What is formal learning?

Formal learning is classed as an activity that has a ‘learning outcome’, which means that you have attended an event or undertake an activity where you believe you have learnt something new or enhanced your existing knowledge.

What isn’t formal learning?

If you are just attending an event, for example, a networking event or a repeat of a presentation or seminar you have attended previously then you would probably not necessarily be expecting to gain much further knowledge or education so you may allocate this to informal CPD.

How do I record CPD in the myAPCDiary?

Click on the CPD section in the tab and enter the details of your CPD.

The myAPCDiary will automatically collate your CPD entries into a graph of formal and informal hours recorded at the top of the page.  It will remind you if you are below the number of hours and will also email you once you reach the target number of hours.APC_Diary_you_tube_cover

Goto   www.apcdiary.com 

If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.

  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.
  2. Practice your presentation
    You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the beginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

3. Prepare for the Final Assessment day

Sitting the final assessment is stressful, understanding what to expect will help.  It is a good idea to visit the assessment centre beforehand and test such things as journey time and parking. You cannot be late for the final assessment! Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so make sure you put in the preparation time and regularly review your declared competencies and submission documents.

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.

4. Revise, revise revise
At the final assessment you will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and generally explain how you’ll undertake your business stressed-student-revising-008professionally.  Make sure you have plenty of competency experience project examples to discuss with the assessors.  Remember anything you have included in your submission documents could be the basis for a question at the final assessment.

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APC Diary 

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

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How To Keep your APC Moving Forward

Jon Lever’s advice to keep your APC moving

Most candidates start the APC with enthusiasm, but many seem to stall a few months into the process. These tips will help you to keep your APC moving and on track to the final assessment.

 

The APC is your career so you need to take control and get stuck in. Far too often I hear candidates expecting to be offered everything when it is really much better for the candidate to drive the process forward. You should continuously be seeking opportunities for developing your knowledge, experience and that offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD), more on this soon.

Engage with your supervisor and counsellor

Depending on your APC route, you will need a supervisor and/or a counsellor to mentor you through the APC process. Whilst it is vitally important for you to take responsibility for your APC and career, a supervisor and/or counsellor should advise, guide and support you. Make sure they have the relevant up to date APC Guides and that they are aware of their role and responsibilities. They should be supporting you with guiding you towards the correct experience, monitoring your progress and signing off your competency achievement and, although they shouldn’t spoon feed you, they do need to engage with you and help to keep you motivated, more on this in the next article.

Keep your documentation up to date

As the APC is based on your competency experience it is hard to know whether you are on track if your diary and log book are not up to date. It is a good idea to write up your diary and log book weekly, including a detailed description regarding your experience. We suggest writing a sentence or two for each diary entry, sufficient to remind you about what you were doing. This will help you identify any competency experience where you are deficient. Don’t forget to maintain regular communication with your supervisor and counsellor so you can discuss ways to tailor your experience to fill the gaps. Your diary is an important document and may be requested by your APC assessment panel, so make sure you keep it up to date.

Get involved with the RICS

It is important that you get involved with the RICS for your APC development as well as building up contacts.
Good networking opportunities can be found at RICS events and RICS matrics. Don’t forget, you will be able to record this sort of activity on the most part as CPD. There are also regional meetings and events and look out for the RICS Training Advisor Surgeries that are happening nearby. If you are in the East or East Midlands you will find the RTA Surgeries I run at http://www.delever.com/rta. In addition to these, I also run a free once per month online APC Forum for anyone who wants to know anything about the APC process. Book your place at http://www.delever.com

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How you can improve YOUR Chances of Passing the APC Final Assessment!

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 What it is you should be aware of and where to find the knowledge

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 Have you written good enough examples into your documentation

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What is the best way to write your Level 1, 2, & 3 competencies for your RICS APC Journey

Understanding the Levels:

Unfortunately, most the candidates I meet do not understand the competency levels and will fail their RICS APC Final Assessment:

Level 1 – This is all about LEARNING.  Do not try and define the competency or regurgitate the APC Pathway guide text, as so many candidates seem to do!  Remember you are trying to demonstrate to the assessors that you have reviewed the requirements in the APC Pathway guide level1with your supervisor and counsellor, and have researched, undertaken and achieved the required learning.   Also, remember not to talk about your project experience examples at this level, unless you wish to refer to the learning you have reinforced through your experience.

level2Level 2 – This is all about DOING.  This needs to be a focused description of the depth and breadth of your experience and one or two (if you can fit it into the word count) examples of your experience relevant to this competency.

level3Level 3 – This is all about ADVISING.  This needs to be a description of the depth and breadth of your experience and specifically where you have been advising clients, colleagues and anyone else of relevance.  Remember, the ability to advise effectively comes from having had a large amount of varied experience, relevant to your declared competencies. Continue reading

**7 TOP tips** helping you to ‘Pass your RICS APC Final Assesment’

1 Become a member of RICS
Before you are eligible to start your APC, you can sign
up for free Student Membership of RICS and receive a
membership number which gives you instant access to
the RICS web site which contains a wealth of knowledge
and other membership services. When you start the APC
your status will change to ‘Trainee Surveyor’.
2 Understand the APC process
Get the RICS APC Guides from http://www.rics.org. Make
sure that you have read and fully understand them as
about a quarter of the candidates I have assessed have in
part been referred because they don’t properly understand
the APC process. You should be reading them at least
once every 3 to 4 months. Candidates from outside the UK
also, need to check the differences in the APC for their
world region, see the RICS web site for details.

3 Get a relevant job
You can only start your APC if you are employed in a
relevant surveying role, gaining the experience expected for
the pathway you intend to follow. It is also beneficial if your
employer is committed and willing to provide you with a
Structured Training Plan. RICS Training Advisors (RTA)
can assist and advise employers regarding any aspect of
the APC process. Find your RTA at http://www.rics.org.


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7 TIPS to start Preparing for the Final Assesment… “Demystify the process!” “Remove the worry and frustration..”

Session 2 2017 is 6-8 weeks away…

It’s been tough and the emotional rollercoaster is about to step up a gear!
It’s a tough process and gruelling for some people with jobs that demanding time.
Keep your head as ‘Good news’, according to the Oyster Partnership recruitment company, Charter Surveyors are in high demand and they can not see a drop-off.

With weeks to go and not years or months, we must focus on the reason your here at this post. Session 2 2017!
I’m going to give you some advice from Jon Lever FRICS an Assessor of the actual assessors.

1/ Take the week off or ask for study leave.

Seriously this is a milestone in life.
Treat the final weeks as a job, work 7-8 hrs a day and 5 hrs at a weekend.
With a job, you expect a break. Pick something you like, good outside and get some air.
Practice in this time, Jon recommends you at least run through the presentation nearly 40 times. I know I was shocked.

2/ Don’t blag it, it’ll not cut.

They have seen and heard everything. There is no short cut.

What else can you do….

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6/ Download a copy of our Timeline.

It will tell you what you should be doing now. What you should be doing now on your APC 

6/ READ APC Eye …
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  • IPMS – Update

  • APC101 – WhatsApp

  • TaylorMade – Revision Guide

  • TaylorMade – Revision Guide (pt2)

  • Mind the Gap – Reg of Firms

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What to do and how to get started on your RICS APC 11 Top Tips

Top Tips for starting  APC

1 Become a member of RICS

Before you are eligible to start your APC, you can sign
up for free Student Membership of RICS and receive a
membership number which gives you instant access to
the RICS website which contains a wealth of knowledge
and other membership services. When you start the APC
your status will change to ‘Trainee Surveyor’.

2 Understand the APC process

Get the RICS APC Guides from http://www.rics.org. Make
sure that you have read and fully understand them as
about a quarter of the candidates I have assessed have in
part been referred because they don’t properly understand
the APC process. You should be reading them at least
once every 3 to 4 months. Candidates from outside the UK
also need to check the differences in the APC for their
world region, see the RICS web site for details.

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