Free Download – DeLever Support & Resources Flyer

Hello…  You can now download our NEW DeLever APC Support and Resources Flyer.

Find out about all of the things we can do to support you and get you through your APC.

Some bits are FREE and some you have to pay for.  But there are loads of resources to help you along the way.

deleversupportInterestingly we mock interviewed 45 candidates in session 2, 2012 and of the 45 we mentored 11 candidates.  Collectively the 45 candidates achieved a 68% pass rate against the RICS’s fluctuating average of 65%…  Which was OK as we only saw some of them for the one hour mock and had no further input

BUT of those we mentored (at all different stages of their APC) we achieved a 80% PASS rate.  Now that made us VERY HAPPY.  Just think what we could achieve if you came to us right at the beginning of your APC journey..!

So, feel free to download our DeLever Support and Resources Flyer and grab the FREE stuff today.  You’d be mad not to.

http://www.apccentre.com/#freedownloads

I hope you find it of use.

Note: This document is updated periodically so check back from time to time to make sure you have the latest version.  I will post updates here so why not follow this blog so you can get the latest updates?

Disclaimer:  This document is produced soley by DeLever Limited (Jon Lever FRICS) and is their interpretation of the RICS APC Guides and online information.  Any, content or suggestions are soley the interpretation of DeLever Limited (Jon Lever FRICS) and are not endorsed by any other party.  Candidates use this resource at their own risk and DeLever (Jon Lever FRICS) takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions that have been made in its production.

FREE Download – APC Info Sheet

I have collated a range of APC information into a handy Info Sheet that I use in my travels as an RICS Training Advisor and with my other DeLever seminars and Masterclasses.

apcinfosheetJust the other day I realised that it might be useful for anyone to get access to it, so you can now download it here:

http://www.apccentre.com/#freedownloads

I hope you find it of use.

Note: This document is updated periodically so check back from time to time to make sure you have the latest version.  I will post updates here so why not follow this blog so you can get the latest updates?

Disclaimer:  This document is produced soley by DeLever Limited (Jon Lever FRICS) and is their interpretation of the RICS APC Guides and online information.  Any, content or suggestions are soley the interpretation of DeLever Limited (Jon Lever FRICS) and are not endorsed by any other party.  Candidates use this resource at their own risk and DeLever (Jon Lever FRICS) takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions that have been made in its production.

 

I am currently running my APC presentation at 11 to 12 minutes… Will I fail…?

Welcome to this weeks ‘Question of the Week’

qow2Question: “I am currently running my presentation at 11 to 12 minutes. Will I fail if it goes over the 10 mins. Should I cut my presentation down as I am covering the two key issues?”

Answer : The RICS APC Candidate guide clearly states that your presentation should be 10 minutes.  Assessors are trained on this guide and follow and read this guide to the letter so you MUST NOT present longer than 10 minutes.

If you choose to ignore this guidance then it is likely that your APC Final Assessment Chairman initially will inform/remind you in the interview opening statements that you have only 10 minutes and should you run over the Chairman will, politely, cut you short and ask you to conclude in 30 seconds.

This does not do much good to your general well being and stress levels, as not achieving one of the first milestones in the interview can have a drastic effect on the rest of the interview and increase your stress levels so that mistakes start to be made.

Therefore, I cannot stress strongly enough that you MUST NOT run over 10 minutes and if you do this could go against you in the final PASS or REFER decision.

If you simply consider the APC Candidate guide to be a literal representation of the client’s brief, then you will have exactly the right mind-set as you need to follow the RICS APC requirements to the letter.

In effect you are proving to your assessors that you can follow a basic client’s brief, so failure to do so will be looked upon as incompetence or negligence, two scary words that no one likes to hear used against them

Kind regards

Jon Lever FRICS

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Want to know more about the APC Presentation and Final Assessment then see my DeLever APC ONLINE Masterclasses. See the programme and available recordings here: www.delever.com/masterclass

See my FREE DeLever APC Forums ONLINE – Generally once a month for two hours where you can come and ask any APC question you have. Register your interest here: http://www.delever.com/apcforumonline Book online for the next one, here: www.delever.com/apcforum/book

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – RICS Update 1 January 2013

RICS Update CPD Requirements

cpd1On 1 January 2013 RICS brought in their new CPD Rules…  You should read these in addition to the existing CPD Helpsheet.

This information will be an important one for APC Candidates sitting in the Spring 2013

New CPD requirements for members from 1 January 2013:

1. All RICS members undertake a minimum of 20 hours CPD per annum.

2. Of the 20 hours at least 10 hours must comprise Formal CPD. The remainder can comprise Informal CPD.

3. All RICS members must maintain a relevant and current understanding of RICS professional and ethical standards during a rolling three-year period.  Any learning undertaken in order to meet this requirement may count towards Formal CPD.

4. All RICS members must record their CPD activity using the RICS CPD Management System (available to all members globally from the RICS website).

As a chairman of assessors, these are the sort of questions I would ask you?

1. General principles of CPD?
2. Why we have CPD?
3. What is informal and formal learning?
4. What CPD are you planning to do in the near future?

Note: This is NOT an exhaustive list of questions!

Kind regards

Jon Lever FRICS

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Want to know more about the Rules of Conduct?
  If so, see my DeLever APC Masterclasses ONLINE.  See the programme and available recordings here: www.delever.com/masterclass

All Rules of Conduct at the APC Centre Quick-Links – www.APCcentre.com

Does the RICS expect the candidate to be perfect in the final APC exam?

Welcome to this weeks ‘Question of the Week’

qow2Question: “Does the RICS expect the candidate to be perfect in the final APC exam? In other words, why would a candidate fail at the final APC?”

Answer : Firstly let’s just clear up one thing at the outset and that is the APC Final Assessment IS NOT AN EXAM.  It is an EXPERIENTIAL BASED ASSESSMENT which is quite different.  I find a lot of candidates think it the APC is something you can revise a few weeks before and hopefully your questions come up.  This could not be any further from the truth!

I will try and explain…

You are attending an interview with three other professionally Chartered Surveyors to discuss your Knowledge (Level 1) Skill and Ability through examples of application and advice (Level 2 and 3).  This means that you need to know what the competency means and the depth and breadth of knowledge is important, but when taking a competency to a higher level then you must be able to discuss it, offering in depth examples of where YOU have had the experience and offered the advice relevant to the competency.

For example:

If a competency you have selected has 10 steps from beginning to end, you should be able to:

Level 1 – Know the ten steps to complete the process and be able to discuss each step from a knowledge and process perspective.  Know the principles, parameters and key criteria without having to go back to the books or codes of practice etc.

Level 2 – You should be able to discuss YOUR real life experiences from a range of different project types explaining how you have actually done each of the steps.

Level 3 – If and when discussing with a client about a relevant solution to a problem / challenge they have, you should be able to discuss with them and advise a suitable (CORRECT) solution to cover each step.  This advice should be based upon and taken from your experiences you have had at Level 2. Assessors are also looking to see how YOU will conduct yourself and therefore presentation, communication and professional conduct also feature high in the assessment.

If you treat your panel as if you were attending a progress meeting with a Lay Client and that you are on your best professional behaviour with your client’s interest foremost in your mind and able to explain and discuss yourself professionally and succinctly you won’t go far wrong.

So you can see the APC Final Assessment is a simple process of a candidate convincing a panel of professional Chartered Surveyors that they are a ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ and should they achieve their Chartered Status and wish to 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 which for the successful candidate demonstrates to other Chartered Surveyors and the world of business that you have met the grade and can be trusted to be professional in all that you do.

Unfortunately candidates get referred at the Final Assessment because of a lack of understanding of the process, competencies and a lack of experience so they are unable to demonstrate their ability. If this is brought into question during the final assessment interview because a candidate is unable to discuss the basics as laid down in the competencies then the assessors will not be willing to pass the candidate as you would expect.  You would be surprised how many candidates come forward for assessment who think they can demonstrate a Level 3 competency by just having the outline knowledge without any real experience of it!

In the 15 years I have been assessing this is a constant issue and I often say that about 50% to 60% of candidates I see at the interview are poor.  This percentage is much higher at the mock interviews I provide, but thankfully they are mocks and I am able to identify and demonstrate to these individuals the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

I sat and achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status nearly 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it and I believe that is what it is all about it is a mindset that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.

Kind regards

Jon Lever FRICS

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Want to know more about the APC Final Assessment then see my DeLever APC ONLINE Masterclasses. See the programme and available recordings here: www.delever.com/masterclass

See my FREE DeLever APC Forums ONLINE – Generally once a month for two hours where you can come and ask any APC question you have. Register your interest here: http://www.delever.com/apcforumonline Book online for the next one, here: www.delever.com/apcforum/book

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2013.

happy2013I saw this today… (It made me smile)

Question: What exactly IS a ‘New Years Resolution’?
Answer: It’s a TO DO list for the first week in January!

We wish you all a brilliant and prosperous NEW YEAR and look forwards to supporting and working with you for longer than the first week in 2013!

Enjoy the remainder of your holiday and we’ll be back in action on the 8th January 2013.

Regards
Jon Lever FRICS