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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Free CASE Study help – APC support from DeLever Ltd

This week at DeLever Towers we have been Inundated with questions about your ‘Case Study’ It would seem there is a complete gap here or lack of available knowledge / Information available.

The Case Study is a big part of your Final Assessment.
Not knowing it or have a full understand and if the RICS APC Assessors get a sniff that you are either BS’ing it or blagging. May as well prepare for REFFERAL!APC Case

Ok so now that you’ve realised the importance, let put some help together.
First get the APC Case Study Graphical Explanation –>
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Now what else can you do:

APC Case Study Pack from DeLever

A fantastic resource for anyone embarking upon one of the most important elements of the APC Submission documentation.

This pack contains:

  • Rules of Conduct Explained

  • Professional Ethics Explained

  • Plus a BONUS copy of the APC Case Study Explained

What else can be done ??
How about if I told you that a Final Assessor could look at your final assessment presentation and tell you what they would ask ???
The keyholder is giving you a gold key.
APC ISPY Click here

I’ll not mention the format for the presentation guide, that’s a click on here

RICS APC Final Assessmnet Case Study presentation

 

APC Final Assessment Revision help from DeLever

About now candidates for the 2017 Session 1 RICS APC are in three categories.

1/ I cant do this !!! I am not ready.

2/ I am ready and confident.

3/ I will get there but I need to do some more, plan is in place.

Whichever one you are, there is always a chance that you will need reassurance.

Referral :

Let’s get “Referral” out of the way. It is not a failure and never beat yourself over it. It is retriable with some guidance.

 

Jon Lever FRICS and DeLever Ltd have been helping candidates pass for over 15 years at a pass rate of over 85% of those taking our coaching and training.

I asked Jon, “what questions are asked at the Final Assessment?” He is always asked, by candidates, for a list?

‘There is NO SUCH list, of any use, as an assessor questions are focussed on your submission documents! (Look at APC ISPY)From our experience, candidates can be asked anything from around 80 to 100 questions in the interview hour!

The assessors are expected to provide candidates with clear, concise questions relating to their competency knowledge and experience.

You will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and explain how you would undertake your business professionally.

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.

The Rules of Conduct and Ethics are one of the key areas of APC knowledge and experience that, if you get wrong at the final assessment, you will be referred. Check that you have the latest version and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor.

Still, unclear let’s give you some help?

How would you like to get a step ahead in your preparation for your assessment interview?

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We are delighted to introduce our APC i-Spy service where our Expert APC Coaches (all active assessors) will review your Final Assessment Submission documents and write you a list of questions they would identify, from their assessing experience, and based upon your actual, real, unique APC submission documentation.

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What’s next, a MOCK Interview.

This will be harder or as severe as the real APC Final Assesment.

Mocks are a 60 minute APC mock interview with real and current APC assessors, followed immediately by a 15-minute feedback critique.

They are selling out quickly, London, Harrogate or East Midlands.

Don’t wait as you’ll not get the location you want. 

 More information

How about the Presentation format and help for the final assessment. Jon has put together what he would expect to see. Click here

http://www.delever.co.uk/presentation-pack

Final Free Stuff, we about helping you.

Join the APC 101 What’s app group. It is about to evolve.

Email harvey@delever.com and tell us where you are in the process, so you go in the right group. IE Route, Pathway and session details. We will add you to the email APC Update for more free tips and help.

It has 3-4 assessors, plus Jon Lever and candidates in the same place you are. Ask your questions instantly. It is a problem fixer if you get stuck.

Final Tip to success read the E-magazine APCEye it is full of free help and tips.

http://www.delever.co.uk/apceye

Lastly

Good Luck, relax, and you will be fine. Get inspired listen to music, shout, clap for a minute. Laughter yoga watch below! I dare you to not smile

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How to be an effective APC Supervisor or Counsellor and best practice tips to support you and your APC candidates and get them through the APC!

Supervisors and counsellors: how to help

Inspection is a competency where supervisors and counsellors can make a big difference in developing a candidate’s “surveyor sense” and their ability to articulate it.
They should allow candidates at an early stage of training to shadow them on any interesting inspection and discuss what is being done and why. Over time, candidates should be asked to describe their own inspections in order to develop a fluency in response to questions.

JCT2016 Event in Milton Keynes

MK50Club part of the Construction Excellence is hosting their third event this Wednesday 22nd March in Milton Keynes. Networking with local business owners, director and Associate level personnel. This is a professional group so formal dress only.

JCT 2016 Update was the key changes that were made to the Design and Build Contract. In this event, Goodrich Consultants will demonstrate how on daily bases this change has affected them.

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