PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for Graduate Routes 1& 2
I thought it would be worth commenting on Professional Development (Template 4). Along with the Summary of Experience, this template often gets neglected or left sparsely populated. Again, this suggests you have not thought through the requirements properly and it often lacks the key information that you should be submitting at Final Assessment.
Remember the APC Assessors are looking at your Professional Development template as a record of your learning during your training period. The Assessors are keen to see a diverse range of learning types and styles along with a good variety of subjects that I would advise you to do your best to link every learning activity to your declared competencies.
If I was mentoring you I would plan for you to do more than the minimum 48 hour yearly requirement. I would look to ensure you achieve about 60 to 70 hours per year. Any more than this, and I have seen some extremes (e.g. 630 hours in a single year), seem a little over zealous. Also don’t forget whatever you record in your documents is open to questioning by the assessors so if you put in a large number of items you are going to be expected to be able to discuss any of them at the final assessment as the assessors will assumed it all to be your learning experience. It is also good to prove to your assessors that you understand the requirements and are happy to do more than the minimum requirement as this demonstrates your intention to continue your learning and development (CPD) throughout your career.
Make sure you review the APC Professional Development requirements in the RICS APC Candidate’s guide (pages 15 and 16) and don’t forget you should aim to demonstrate the breakdown of the 48 hours per year into three groups or splits of 16 hours.
I am often asked by candidates what is acceptable Professional Development. That is the million dollar question as pretty much anything that has a learning outcome and can be linked back to your declared competencies is perfect keeping in mind the pointers noted above…
Here are some suggestions of items that could be eligible:
Anything and everything related to learning your Level 1 competencies
Any learning related to your everyday business to enable you to achieve your job
Private reading of professional journals
RICS or other networking events
RICS matrics events
And so on…
Next week: Discussing the 3 x 16 hour splits and how to write up template 4
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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