Can I start compling APC information prior to completion of my BSc in buidling surveying?

qow2Question:

I am a currently a construction project manager, but have previously been within a building surveyors role for 10 years. I have a HNC and have today been accepted upon the Bsc building surveyor course with CEM. Can I progress with compiling APC information prior to completing my degree or is it only relevant if the information is collated after the degree course is completed?   Thanks in advance.

Answer:
I assume the BSc will be part time?

And you have no other Degree (even non-construction related)?

And your BSc is RICS accredited?

The general rule is you can enrol on the APC process (Graduate Route 1) in the final year of your part time degree. Therefore you do a year of APC in tandem with your last year of your degree and then one more year, minimum, after you have graduated. Then, as long as you have met the relevant criteria, you can come forward for assessment.

Given your 10+ years experience there are also other options such as Graduate Route 2 (12 months training) or Graduate Route 3 (No training and straight to assessment, but I suggest this will take 6 months prep) BUT each of these need you to have an accredited degree in place.

Professional Experience Route would not be valid as your experience would need to be 5 years post degree (ANY degree).

Senior Professional would depend upon your current professional standing in the company you work in and I am doubtful that would be relevant, but worth checking, just in case.   There you go.

Talk to your local RTA: http://www.rics.org/Global/Downloads/APC_Training_Advisers_Contact_Details_05032012_dwl.pdf

Come back to me if you have any other questions. See my FREE Support here: http://www.APCcentre.com

Kind regards

Jon

Should I submit my documents before or after my APC mock interview?

qow2Question:
I sit my mock in just under 2 weeks, 1 week before the final submission date.  Should I hold on to my submission documents until after the mock, in case of any feedback about the style of completing my templates, or should I simply send them in, given I have a week available after the mock?

Answer:
I would 100% suggest sending your final assessment submission documents to RICS AFTER you have done your mock interview. Mock interviews, in my experience, often highlight mistakes in documentation. Sending your documents to RICS in the last week of the two week submission period is fine.

Once you have submitted your documents to RICS you CANNOT get them back to make any amendments, unless you have heard otherwise! Which I doubt!

Interested in a mock interview, exactly like the RICS Final Assessment?
See: www.delever.com/mocks  ONLY A FEW LEFT for Session 1 2013!

Kind regards

Jon

APC Dilemma – Education & Access to the APC

qow2Question:
I’m a non cognate graduate and have a vocational qualification together with a certificate in valuation through the CEM. I’m looking at what the best APC route could be – via AssocRICs and then 900 hours via CEM or to “start again” and go graduate adaptation route 1.  Any views, thoughts or clarifications would be very gratefully received.
Thank you

Answer:

Just an initial comment, off the cuff, as I have not fully understood your education history (I would need to chat over the detail)….

You could also consider something along the lines of a 2 year distance learning MSc in a surveying related / accredited qualification. (I assume your first degree will make you eligible for this but check with the University).

I believe CEM and other universities provide this (check the RICS web site for the University information (also see www.apccentre.com/links list item 1.7). I also believe that you need only do the diploma (i.e. the Masters WITHOUT the final dissertation) to be eligible to come forward for the APC (discuss this with the University).

The bonus is that if you choose carefully you can enrol on and undertake the APC Graduate Route 1 (www.APCcentre.com/links list item 2.4) in parallel with the Masters course and be eligible to sit in 2 to 2.5 years having not wasted any time. I also think this is as quick ats

The only additional piece of advice I would give you is that whist you can graduate the Masters and probably sit the APC straight away I would give it another 6 months to ensure you can fully focus on the required level of APC preparation.

I hope this helps.  Check out the FREE support I offer at www.APCcentre.com

Kind regards

Jon

APC Candidates – Logging CPD online

qow2Question:  Logging CPD online
Hi, I am having trouble getting access to the online portal to log my CPD – has anyone else tried this that is a registered student – is it only for full members do you know?

Answer:
This is a VERY important point as I keep hearing APC candidates trying to record Professional Development (Grad 1 & 2) and Continuing Professional Development (Grad 3, Adapt 1, PER, SPR) online!

Quite clearly the ONLINE system is ONLY for Chartered (MRICS / FRICS) or AssocRICS Members.  In the APC candidate guidance there is NO reference to recording in anything other than the relevant APC templates, available for each APC route.

Trainee members MUST ONLY record their PD / CPD in the
relevant APC templates…

Grad 1, 2, 3, Adapt 1 – Template 4 – In the APC Graduate candidate Templates

PER in your Own CPD template – Downloadable in the PER section on the RICS web site

SPR in your Own CPD template – Downloadable in the SPR section on the RICS web site

PLEASE DO NOT IGNORE THIS ADVICE

Thank you

Kind regards

Jon