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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.

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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.

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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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Why are the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics so important at the Final Assessment?

Why are the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics so important at the Final Assessment?

The RICS Rules of Conduct and Global Ethical Standards are paramount to maintaining RICS ethics-and-compliancestandards. They set out the requirements of theRICS to ensure that Chartered Surveyors maintain an accountable level of professionalism and service. The Rules of Conduct and Ethics are one of the key areas of APC knowledge and experience that if you get wrong at the final assessment you will be referred. Make sure you have the latest versions (from http://www.rics.org/regulation and http://www.rics.org/ethics) and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor.

It is important to have a good understanding and working knowledge of the RICS Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics.  It is a mandatory competency that all candidates should achieve to level 3, yet I often see candidates at the final assessment lacking the correct level of knowledge and experience. It is a good idea leading up to the final assessment to plan a programme of mini 10-minute presentations on rules of conduct and ethics related subjects. This will give you practise delivering presentations that are exactly 10 minutes long as you will have to do this in the final assessment and it will be a useful way to revise the rules of conduct and professional ethics.

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discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.

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What is the logbook? 

The logbook is a summary of your recorded experience days and it is important to ensure that you have a good balance of experience across all your competencies.  As you record your diary your logbook is created automatically, so you don’t have to spend a long time adding up your days of experience.

What can I do about deficiencies in competencies?

If you note any deficiencies in your competency recording during your APC training you can use the myAPC Diary to output status report under ‘Assessment’ tab and see what you have achieved for each competency to date.  You can then use this information to form the basis of discussions with your supervisor and counsellor regarding changes in the work experiences offered to you.

How do I incorporate this into the RICS templates?

Once you have completed your training period having used the myAPC Diary to manage your training process you can click on the ‘Assessment’ tab and output the range of data (including the log book) into an excel spreadsheet.  You will then be able to quickly copy and paste and manipulate the outputted data into the current RICS templates.
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RICS Modus reviewed by Jon Lever for APC Candidates

RICS Modus Review   (Link at the bottom to read the latest version.)

Jon has been through this month’s edition of Modus and has identified 19 articles he thinks are of

August 2015 RICS Modus edition.

August 2015 RICS Modus edition.

interest to APC candidates:

Page 7 – CPD Recording Levels – Regulation in action
Page 7 – RICS joins world economic forum advisory panel
Page 8 – Demand for property is continuing to grow
Page 9 – Reports highlight potential of BIM in built environment ( download available )
Page 10 – Consultation on Residential Measurement Standards ( closing soon )
Page 13 – Sustainable investment is central to our Royal Charter
Page 15 – New Regulatory Board Chair
Page 15 – LSH Enterprise competition
Page 16 – Back in stream – hydroelectric project
Page 22 – Ripe for growth – Surveying in the wine industry
Page 30 – From sea to shore – land reclamation
Page 35 – A floor fit for purpose
Page 36 – Beyond all reasonable drought – urbanisation
Page 40 – Private party – Build to rent
Page 42 – Appliance if science – Hong Kong science park
Page 44 – No present like time
Page 46 – Exchange for better – currency exchange
Page 47 – HCFC’s time to clear the air
Page 49 – IBuildMapAR – useful App
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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.
8th September 2015, Online, 7.30pm – 9,30pm, £33 + 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.
9th September 2015, Online, 7.30pm – 9,30pm, £33 + VAT
Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right for submission
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
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myAPCDiary – Saving APC candidates time

The diary section is for recording your day to day experience.  We suggest a sentence or two clearly detailing the type of work you are doing and any key observations you make.  Note, it is important to ONLY record one duration to one competency for every half or whole day entry.  In fact the myAPCDiary will monitor this, keep a watchful eye on you and inform and restrict you from doing anything you shouldn’t.  You will need to write up 12 or 24 (or more) months of diary in this fashion, providing a pretty complete audit trail of your activity and experience.

Why can’t I see all my competencies in the diary section?   In the diary section of the myAPCDiary you will only have access to the Technical Core and Optional competencies to record against as this mirrors exactly the guidance given by RICS.  You do not record time against the Mandatory competencies in the diary and logbook, but you do write up the Mandatory competency levels in the Summary of Experience.

The Summary of Experience section is for summarising the experience you have had and probably recorded in your diary over the preceding months and weeks. However, it is important to write it up in a correct format with full adherence to Levels 1, 2, and 3.

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Kind regards,
Jon Lever