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!
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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.
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.