Understanding the Levels:
Unfortunately, most the candidates I meet do not understand the competency levels and will fail their RICS APC Final Assessment:
Level 1 – This is all about LEARNING. Do not try and define the competency or regurgitate the APC Pathway guide text, as so many candidates seem to do! Remember you are trying to demonstrate to the assessors that you have reviewed the requirements in the APC Pathway guide with your supervisor and counsellor, and have researched, undertaken and achieved the required learning. Also, remember not to talk about your project experience examples at this level, unless you wish to refer to the learning you have reinforced through your experience.
Level 2 – This is all about DOING. This needs to be a focused description of the depth and breadth of your experience and one or two (if you can fit it into the word count) examples of your experience relevant to this competency.
Level 3 – This is all about ADVISING. This needs to be a description of the depth and breadth of your experience and specifically where you have been advising clients, colleagues and anyone else of relevance. Remember, the ability to advise effectively comes from having had a large amount of varied experience, relevant to your declared competencies.
Still unsure or confused –
Remember you will be Referred if you can’t:
Level one – Demonstration of your depth of knowledge
Level Two – Demonstration of real life experience
Level three – Demonstration of depth experience and knowledge to advise competently.