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If you are struggling with the new RICS templates, Jon has produced a webinar to help.  Understand the changes and learn how to complete the templates correctly, saving you from online-marketing-trainingmistakes and providing you with confidence as you complete them throughout your APC.

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FREE RICS Training Advisor Surgery East and East Midlands  –
Thu 30/04/2015 9am Oakham
A chance to ask all your APC questions to Jon Lever FRICS for FREE

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Vote for Jon Lever FRICS in the Governing Council 2014/15 Elections

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Hi there and thank you for reading this post.

I have put myself forward for Governing Council elections for the WHOLE MEMBERSHIP constituency.  I would value your vote (if you are eligible to vote of course).

Please see my YouTube introductory video below

VOTE FOR ME HERE:  (link coming soon when RICS have published it on 13.04.15)

Here is the link to the RICS Governing Council web page if you want to know more

Constituency:  WHOLE MEMBERSHIP

Here is my FULL manifesto:

I am standing for election to Governing Council as I believe my experience in surveying and my involvement with RICS over the years will enable me to contribute effectively to the future direction of RICS.

I have been involved in construction for over thirty years, I became a Chartered Surveyor in 1995 and have been a fellow of RICS since 2005. In 2001 I left a…

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Vote for Jon Lever FRICS in the Governing Council 2014/15 Elections

Hi there and thank you for reading this post.

I have put myself forward for Governing Council elections for the WHOLE MEMBERSHIP constituency.  I would value your vote (if you are eligible to vote of course).

Please see my YouTube introductory video below

VOTE FOR ME HERE:  (link coming soon when RICS have published it on 13.04.15)

Here is the link to the RICS Governing Council web page if you want to know more

 

Constituency:  WHOLE MEMBERSHIP

Here is my FULL manifesto:

I am standing for election to Governing Council as I believe my experience in surveying and my involvement with RICS over the years will enable me to contribute effectively to the future direction of RICS.

I have been involved in construction for over thirty years, I became a Chartered Surveyor in 1995 and have been a fellow of RICS since 2005. In 2001 I left a major Quantity Surveying practice to set up my own training consultancy, delivering training and support to surveyors around the world.

I am heavily involved with RICS and see Governing Council as the logical next step for me to continue to help RICS and its members.

Over the years I have worked closely with RICS Membership Operations and Membership Development helping to develop and advance the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

I have been an APC Assessor and Chairman for over 18 years and I am now also the RICS UK Licenced Assessor Trainer. Since 2006 I have trained over 5,000 people to become new APC Assessors or Chairmen. This allows me to be part of the future direction of RICS, contributing towards retaining high standards of membership.

Since 2002 I have been the RICS Training Advisor for the East of England and East Midlands regions of the UK. Through this role I meet many members, APC candidates and employers who keep me up to date with how they feel about issues affecting them and RICS. Through this interaction I have the opportunity to feed into Governing Council the views and challenges of the members at a grass root level. Whilst I have utmost respect for the RICS brand and values, I feel passionate about contributing toward ensuring a democratic representation of the membership throughout the development of RICS for the foreseeable future.

From 2007 to 2011 I was involved in RICS regulation as a member of the RICS Regulatory Board and then the Ethics Sub-Committee from 2011 until its end in 2014. As part of these committees I was required to provide a balanced response on behalf of the membership as I jointly reviewed regulatory and ethical requirements of RICS and considered more recent strategies involving diversity and inclusion. I continue to deliver talks on RICS Rules of Conduct and Business Ethics at RICS matrics events and conferences, promoting the values and goals of RICS.

I believe that through my involvement in these various roles over the years I have a good understanding of how RICS is structured and managed and I have a really good understanding of the needs and issues facing its members. I think this knowledge and experience will be of benefit to Governing Council and I hope that I am given the opportunity to continue to help RICS and its members as part of the Governing Council.

I sincerely hope that the above has given enough insight to allow you to vote for me in the ‘whole
membership’ constituency for Governing council.

Kind regards

Jon Lever FRICS

 

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

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

level1 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.

level2 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.


level3
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 behavior 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 Interviewown 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 exam positiveitybasics 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 demonstrate to these individuals the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

druids_stonehengeI 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 mind-set that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.

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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 mind-set that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.