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SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCY – LEVEL 3
Often when I see APC Candidate final assessment submission documentation the summary of experience is clearly not thought through properly and lacks the key information that the candidate should be submitting. In this brief article I will explain what is required for each competency level…
Remember the APC Assessors are looking at your documentation as a critique of what you have learnt, done and advised upon. The Assessors are ONLY interested in the candidate demonstrating the minimum levels of competence in line with the Requirements stated in the Requirements and Competencies Guide and Pathway Guides
So, when writing up the Summary of Experience, please consider the following…
This is all about ADVISING. This needs to be a description of the depth and breadth of experience of advising clients, colleagues and anyone else of relevance. Remember the ability to advise effectively comes from having had a large amount of experience.
I would suggest starting with “I have had the opportunity to advise on A, B, C and D” (promoting personal advice giving and and experience). Then think about a specific project and lead with “A typical example of this is project X (with a brief explanation of what it is and your role) and then add further description detailing the advice and reasoning for the advice you have given relevant to the competency in question.
If you follow these simple steps you cannot go far wrong!
1. Caution: REMEMBER what you write is ‘fair game’ for the Assessors to question. So make sure you can back it ALL up in the interview!
2. Tip: Use your word count to best effect. Often candidates only write a small amount when they could have developed the detail in their descriptions to a much more conclusive response.
3. Intelligence: Did you know the RICS recently updated the Requirements and Competencies and Pathway guides between January 2014 and April 2014.
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Welcome to the Tip of the Week:
BIM (Building Information Modelling)
In case you are unaware, RICS have recently update the Requirements and Competencies guide and also the Pathway guides for some pathways to include a NEW Optional Competency: BIM
BIM is the new’ish kid on the block and seems to be taking off in many different ways. When I talk to Architects I know they are jumping on the band wagon and making sure they are developing BIM into everything they do.
There are a number of systems available to deliver BIM and if you remember the old days of VHS v BETAMAX tapes then I have the same feeling and view about BIM at the moment. However, AUTODESK REVIT software is the name I keep hearing about and a small amount of research has offered up the following:
“Autodesk Revit is Building information modeling software for architects, structural engineers, MEP engineers, designers and contractors. It allows users to design a building and structure and its components in 3D, annotate the model with 2D drafting elements and access building information from the building models database. Revit is 4D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from concept to construction and later demolition.” Source: Wikipedia
So, I am on a mission to keep my eyes and ears open for more information as I am sure it will be a final assessment hot topic across a range of pathways for the foreseeable future.
Information sources I have seen recently:
RICS Modus – May edition http://www.rics.org/modus
RICS Construction Journal, page 24: http://www.rics.org/uk/knowledge/journals/construction-journal/construction-journal-june-july-2014/
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