DeLever Weekly Update and must have Tips for RICS APC Candidates

DeLever Weekly Update and must have Tips for RICS APC Candidates from Jon Lever FRICS &RICS Jon lever FRICSGoverning Council Member.

Over the last few weeks we have talked a lot about the final assessment and how best to prepare.  We have consolidated this into one page at myDeLever to give you the definitive guide on preparing for the final assessment. www.mydelever.com

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Final Assessment

Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment.

£25 + VATWatch APC training on your time.

RICS Rules of Conduct 

This masterclass covers the key elements of the RICS Rules of Conduct that a candidate should be aware of and the latest updates to the Rules of Conduct.

£25 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.

£25 + VAT

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APC Forum – FREE

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature

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an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

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Sign off – What is sign off?  

APC Diary saves you over 60% admin time. Instantly logging on all mobile platforms.

APC Diary saves you over 60% admin time. Instantly experience logging on all mobile platforms.

Sign-off of your competencies is a new section we have built into the myAPCDiary to develop and enhance engagement between the candidate and their supervisor and counsellor.  From the supervisor and counsellor perspective we have made it simple to monitor and review each candidate you are overseeing and the sign-off is an opportunity to discuss and verify competency and level progress.
How do I electronically get things signed off? How do I sign off manually? 

As you may expect, you will need some evidence to sign-off so we have designed the myAPC Diary to manage the competency achievement through the Summary of Experience and the Sign-Off section.  As soon as you have written up your competency levels in the Summary of i_iPhoneExperience you may send an electronic request to your supervisor and counsellor to either review and confirm electronically or wait until you next meet and manually sign off progress.

The physical activity or requesting or signing off competency achievement is done in the simple to use Sign-Off section.

What Training is coming from DeLever for RICS APC Candidates

Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right

An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview. Training
19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction

20th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Built Infrastructure, Building Surveying, Project Management

From £175 + vat per person

Book your place at www.delever.com 

Mock Interviews … ALMOST SOLD OUT ... one space for Commercial Property, Environment, Facilities Management, Management Consultancy in Leeds on 20th September
Mock InterviewThe hour long DeLever mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it.  Practise the entire interview and receive fifteen minutes feedback from the two assessors straight away.

Book your place at www.delever.com 

Masterclass Recordings

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Final Assessment

Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment. only £25 + VAT
RICS Rules of Conduct 

This masterclass covers the key elements of the RICS Rules of Conduct that a candidate should be aware of and the latest updates to the Rules of Conduct. only £25 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview. only £25 + VAT
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Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at www.delever.com

Tip of the day 5 of 5 What is the difference between informal and formal CPD recording ?

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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CPD – what do I record?  i_iPhone

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one of the sections that has been updated in the latest RICS templates.  You are required to record 48 hours of learning per year and at least 50% of it should be classed as formal learning.

When you are following the APC process, the 50% minimum formal CPD requirement is easily achieved as the amount of reading and learning you need to do to bring yourself up to date with the Level 1 competency knowledge is more than enough.

What is formal learning?

Formal learning is classed as an activity that has a ‘learning outcome’, which means that you have attended an event or undertake an activity where you believe you have learnt something new or enhanced your existing knowledge.

What isn’t formal learning?

If you are just attending an event, for example, a networking event or a repeat of a presentation or seminar you have attended previously then you would probably not necessarily be expecting to gain much further knowledge or education so you may allocate this to informal CPD.

How do I record CPD in the myAPCDiary?

Click on the CPD section in the tab and enter the details of your CPD.

The myAPCDiary will automatically collate your CPD entries into a graph of formal and informal hours recorded at the top of the page.  It will remind you if you are below the number of hours and will also email you once you reach the target number of hours.APC_Diary_you_tube_cover

Goto   www.apcdiary.com 

If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.

  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.
  2. Practice your presentation
    You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the beginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

3. Prepare for the Final Assessment day

Sitting the final assessment is stressful, understanding what to expect will help.  It is a good idea to visit the assessment centre beforehand and test such things as journey time and parking. You cannot be late for the final assessment! Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so make sure you put in the preparation time and regularly review your declared competencies and submission documents.

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.

4. Revise, revise revise
At the final assessment you will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and generally explain how you’ll undertake your business stressed-student-revising-008professionally.  Make sure you have plenty of competency experience project examples to discuss with the assessors.  Remember anything you have included in your submission documents could be the basis for a question at the final assessment.

EXTRA Help 

Ned help ? The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at http://www.delever.co.uk/apc-forum

APC Diary 

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

#RICS #APC

Tips 4 of 5 from Jon Lever FRICS for organising your time leading up to the final assessment plus FREE help.

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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4. Revise, revise revise
At the final assessment you will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and generally explain how you’ll undertake your business stressed-student-revising-008professionally.  Make sure you have plenty of competency experience project examples to discuss with the assessors.  Remember anything you have included in your submission documents could be the basis for a question at the final assessment.

If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.

  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.
  2. Practice your presentation
    You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the beginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

3. Prepare for the Final Assessment day

Sitting the final assessment is stressful, understanding what to expect will help.  It is a good idea to visit the assessment centre beforehand and test such things as journey time and parking. You cannot be late for the final assessment! Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so make sure you put in the preparation time and regularly review your declared competencies and submission documents.

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare. 

EXTRA Help 

Ned help ? The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at http://www.delever.co.uk/apc-forum

APC Diary 

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

#RICS #APC

Tips 3 of 5 from Jon Lever FRICS for organising your time leading up to the final assessment plus FREE help.

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
Follow our BLOG

3. Prepare for the Final Assessment day
Sitting the final assessment is stressful, understanding what to expect will help.  It is a good idea to visit the assessment centre beforehand and test such things as

Mock Interview

Hour long mock interviews followed by fifteen minutes of feedback and online access to a recording of your mock.
The DeLever mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it. Practice the entire interview and receive feedback from the two assessors straight away.

journey time and parking. You cannot be late for the final assessment! Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so make sure you put in the preparation time and regularly review your declared competencies and submission documents.

If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.

  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.

2. Practise your presentation
You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the beginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare. 

Ned help ?

The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at http://www.delever.co.uk/apc-forum

APC Diary 

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

#RICS #APC

Tips 2 of 5 from Jon Lever FRICS for organising your time leading up to the final assessment plus FREE help.

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment

2. Practice your presentation
You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the Practicebeginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

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  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flip chart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.

Extra help ?

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counselors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

Extra special tip ! Ethics and the final assessment

Join our Blog for more tips and advice

Extra help towards you APC final assessment and Free APC Forum

Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right

An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview.
19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction

20th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Built Infrastructure, Building Surveying, Project Management

From £175 + vat per person

Book your place at www.delever.com

Mock Interviews … ALMOST SOLD OUT … one space for Commercial Property, Environment, Facilities Management, Management Consultancy in Leeds on 20th September

The hour long DeLever mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can

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make it.  Practice the entire interview and receive fifteen minutes feedback from the two assessors straight away.

Book your place at www.delever.com

Masterclass Recordings

Final Assessment

Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment.

£25 + VAT

RICS Rules of Conduct 

This masterclass covers the key elements of the RICS Rules of Conduct that a candidate should be aware of and the latest updates to the Rules of Conduct.

£25 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.

£25 + VAT

Visit www.delever.com

APC Forum – FREE

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  

Prepared yourself properly for the RICS APC

Prepared yourself properly for the RICS APC

The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at www.delever.com

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Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right

An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview.

Are you prepared with the right information ask Jon Lever FRICS

Are you prepared with the right information ask Jon Lever FRICS

19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction

20th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Built Infrastructure, Building Surveying, Project Management

From £175 + vat per person

Book your place at www.delever.com

MY APC DIARY

30days rtialOur online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC programme. It will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

Tips 1 of 5 from Jon Lever FRICS for organising your time leading up to the final assessment plus FREE help.

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment

Prepare your presentation thoroughly
Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation.

Preparing for the Final Assessment http://www.delever.com/mocks

Preparing for the Final Assessment

I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practice to polish your performance and get your timings right.

Extra Help ! FREE APC Forum

APC Forum – FREE

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare. 

Ned help ?

Need help ?

The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at http://www.delever.co.uk/apc-forum

APC Diary 

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counselors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.

Extra special tip ! Ethics and the final assessment

Join our Blog for more tips and advice

Topping up Valuation Level 2 to Achieve RICS VRS

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Did you know there is an option where you can pass your APC with your Valuation competency declaration at Level 2 and then TOP UP to Valuer Registration (Level 3) at a later date?

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, so what do I know about Land and Property Valuation and the Red Book..?

Well, the answer is NOT A LOT because it is not within my required pathway or skill set…!  BUT what I do know, in my roles as an RICS Training Advisor and RICS UK Licenced Assessor Trainer, is that I am still observing a substantial referral rate in the Valuation (Level 3) Competency area and I often have discussions with candidates who can adequately achieve Valuation Level 2 but lack the opportunity to gain Level 3 experience within their working environment, yet still want to declare it to Level 3 for their APC Final Assessment!  Stranger still, even in this situation candidates are willing to risk their chance of success by declaring Valuation to Level 3 in the hope that they can just maybe wing it at the Final Assessment!

I think it is worth reinforcing at this point that I am not saying don’t do Valuation to Level 3, but I am saying only do it if you can adequately well achieve the requisite experience, which I hope is common sense.  I have no hidden agenda or views on the pros or cons of VRS and remember I started this blog article with “I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, so what do I know…”.

STOP, PAUSE and CONSIDER the following… APC Assessors are trained by RICS to ensure anyone declaring Valuation Level 3 is correctly tested at Level 3, which means an in-depth discussion around real-life Valuations you have done and advised upon.  If you are successful at Final Assessment and can achieve Valuation Level 3 you will then automatically obtain VRS status. So, with the best will in the world, you CANNOT wing this assessment!

OK, so hopefully I have set the scene for where I want to go with this blog article…

What I do want you to realise is that there are OPTIONS available to you where you can declare Valuation to Level 2 and ACE your APC and if you want to become a Registered Valuer then you can do this as a TOP UP at a later date.  So if Valuation Level 3 is not where you are right now, then don’t try and kid yourself that you will pass the Final Assessment.  Of course there is another consideration here too and that is candidates often look at the APC Final Assessment as a time related right of passage, “I have achieved the minimum training period therefore I MUST BE READY for my Final Assessment…”.  Sadly this is all too often NOT the case and however hard it may seem to make the decision it is better to focus on competency achievement rather than time served.  So if you are declaring Valuation to Level 3 but you have not yet achieved it then defer your final assessment and plan a programme of experience gathering and improve your chance for success.

NOW this is the crux of this blog article, WHAT IS THE VRS TOP UP?  Well that is something I am also finding that a lot of people don’t know about, so I have been on a mission to find the relevant information and give you a link to it.  I am here to raise awareness and offer you the opportunity to review your options and ensure you can make a sensible and informed decision.

And I quote:
“RICS Valuer Registration Scheme and the APC:  Those qualifying for chartered membership after 1 January 2012 are required to meet the Valuation or Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets competency to Level 3 at Final Assessment to be eligible for the Registered Valuer title. If you did not achieve either competency to Level 3 after this date, you are required to undertake a further assessment in order to register. There are three key elements to the assessment:”

So here are the links to the key information:

RICS VRS: http://www.rics.org/vrs

RICS VRS TOP UP GUIDANCE:  http://www.rics.org/Global/Valuer%20Registration%20Assessment%20-%20Guidance%20for%20Candidates.pdf

Happy reading and I hope this small observation has been useful… My job is done and I’m off to count some bricks!

Kind regards

Jon

 

 

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