This week at DeLever Towers we have been Inundated with questions about your ‘Case Study’ It would seem there is a complete gap here or lack of available knowledge / Information available.
The Case Study is a big part of your Final Assessment.
Not knowing it or have a full understand and if the RICS APC Assessors get a sniff that you are either BS’ing it or blagging. May as well prepare for REFFERAL!
Ok so now that you’ve realised the importance, let put some help together.
First get the APC Case Study Graphical Explanation –>
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Now what else can you do:
APC Case Study Pack from DeLever
A fantastic resource for anyone embarking upon one of the most important elements of the APC Submission documentation.
This pack contains:
Rules of Conduct Explained
Professional Ethics Explained
Plus a BONUS copy of the APC Case Study Explained
What else can be done ??
How about if I told you that a Final Assessor could look at your final assessment presentation and tell you what they would ask ???
The keyholder is giving you a gold key.
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I’ll not mention the format for the presentation guide, that’s a click on here
APC competencies, Kate Taylor explores the three levels of inspection competency and discusses how candidates can demonstrate their ability to assessors at final assessment.
First I need to make you aware of submitting your documents, this can be the first step of getting it all wrong. WE can help…
Submission documents – get yours right Understand how to best complete your documents ready for submission for the final assessment, also discusses common mistakes candidates make. Delegates can send in their submission documents beforehand and some will be picked at random for review during the masterclass.
Inspection is a core competency for many of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (“APC”) pathways.
This is because inspection of property is a core – but often underestimated – skill for surveyors in a wide range of disciplines and assessors will want to test it rigorously.
In almost every surveyor function, from valuation to project management, accurate information gathering informs the inputs that the surveyor uses to make decisions and advise the client. Nothing happens in isolation and given that the assessors will take a holistic overview, experience, knowledge and skill in inspection are essential as a starting point for overall competence.
All competencies are measured against specific descriptions articulated in the RICS APC Pathway Guides. To achieve level 1, candidates will need to know about different requirements for inspection and demonstrate an understanding of factors affecting the approach to inspection. In other words, knowledge of the information-gathering process that underpins competence.
At level 1, assessors will want to check that candidates have a good knowledge of key documents – particularly those produced by the RICS – and the law. For example, candidates should be familiar with the RICS guidance note Surveying Safely. Health and safety as a mandatory competency has significant crossover with inspection and assessors often take the opportunity to test two competencies at once, since they only have one hour to test around seven technical competencies (depending on the pathway) and 10 mandatory competencies.
A common pitfall is out-of-date level 1 knowledge of documents or the law, making it important for candidates not to rely on older editions of textbooks or university notes. For example, Surveying Safely was written in 2011, but has, to a certain extent, been overtaken by subsequent legislation, such as the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It is imperative for candidates to stay up to date on health and safety by regularly looking at the HSE website.
A top tip is not to forget that, for most pathways, inspection knowledge at level 1 will include construction and defects. Whether a candidate has an understanding of how a property is built, how old it is and what may go wrong with it, is a good way for assessors to test the general property knowledge that forms part of the “surveyor sense”. Don’t underestimate the value of looking at construction sites for all classes of property or even watching programmes such as Grand Designs.
Level 2 moves into the realm of practical application. At level 2, candidates need to demonstrate, with reference to specific examples, experience of undertaking inspections to gather information for various purposes. The information gathering will vary according to the purpose of the inspection and assessors will often test a candidate’s understanding of the context for the inspection. In other words: “why am I here?” and “what information do I need to collect?” This can include a discussion about the terms of engagement and level of service agreed with the client.
At level 2, inspection methodology is often questioned and can confuse candidates. A simple question such as “what did you do once you arrived at the property?” can cause panic and overthinking. What the assessor wants is the actual mechanics of the inspection described step by step in a logical fashion. A good way for candidates to do this is to describe the checklist used and reference RICS guidance, for example, HomeBuyer Report (4th edition) Practice Note Checklist. Candidates must remember to mention record keeping and note taking as a key part of the inspection.
A potential pitfall is not listening to the question and launching into a description of the due diligence carried out prior to inspection rather than the inspection itself.
A top tip is to focus on the inspection for the case study, as this inspection is likely to be probed more fully.
Level 3 centres around providing reasoned advice to clients, adding value through skill and experience and making recommendations that enable clients to take decisions about property. This requires interpreting the information gathered and showing insight. Remember that in this context a client can be any stakeholder, ie, it could include the candidate’s team members.
The candidate must describe the format of the advice given, what the advice was, the reasons for that advice and what the client did with it. For example, the advice may have formed part of a written report, which suggested seeking specialist advice because something was observed that may have constituted contamination and the client acted on that advice by employing a chartered environmental surveyor to protect its interests. Contamination can be a good area of more complex reasoned advice. Candidates should ensure that they have read the RICS guidance note – Contamination, the Environment and Sustainability – use the appropriate language and don’t overstep their area of competence
APC Explained Masterclass This helps candidates to understand what needs to be done to achieve the APC, including a walk-through of the DeLever APC process timeline and myAPC Diary with an explanation of what to do at each key milestone: www.delever.com
Timeline wallchart An A2 pictorial view of the whole APC process, based on the RICS guides and Jon Lever professional knowledge and experience of the APC. It can be used to track progress. Free copies available at: www.delever.com
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Understand the case study and how to select the right project.
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Write your Case Study in good time
Give yourself sufficient time to produce the Case Study. Based upon a 24 month APC training process, Jon Lever suggests starting the outline and draft of your Case Study at about month 5 and having a final draft by month 18. Discuss it with your supervisor and counsellor each step of the way. Ask at least 10 people (try and make sure 3 of them are not surveyors) to read it over for you and comment, well before the submission deadline. This will help you to remove any technical errors and ensure that it is a clear, logical read that flows and is professionally drafted and presented..
The Case Study
Why should I bother to upload my Case Study in the Assessments section?
Your myAPCDiary data is automatically stored and backed up every day in the cloud. You also have the opportunity to store the latest copy of your case study file in Word (or similar). This gives you peace of mind that your case study document is safely stored and backed up off-site just in case of your computer hardware is damaged, stolen, lost or just left behind when you need to get to your APC information. As it is all in the cloud you can access it on any computer that has the relevant editing software (eg Word). Also, your supervisor and counsellor can access it for review.
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I am currently writing up my case study and just wanted to run something passed you:
In the “My Approach” section am I to discuss the reasoning behind each option that was considered and also the reasoning behind the proposed solution?
I’m just asking because in the “My achievement” section I feel as though I am repeating myself in saying why I gave said advice?
I can probably best explain this by explaining all of the APC Case Study sectional headings:
This is quite simply a page on the project overview and a page on your role on the project. I advise candidates to consider only one project as it can otherwise become confusing to the assessors and/or run out of word count.
In this section I advise candidates to consider a couple of Key Issues and describe each one individually with their associated option appraisal and the selected solution. Ensuring the solution has been properly explained and demonstrating your personal involvement
This section is more of a reflection and review of your achievements and the proposed solution. Now time has passed and your suggested solution has happened and you have a moment to reflect upon what and how it played out and whether you could have (with hindsight) improved the procedures and processed you adopted
This section has a slightly different angle to it as it is a review and reflection of YOUR own personal performance and lessons you fee you have learnt from the experience
Assessors will, more than likely, not have heard of your project or seen your report before 3 or 4 weeks prior to the Final Assessment and often candidates forget this as they have lived and breathed it and are so close to it and assume ‘everyone’ will understand. So, careful consideration is required when drafting the Case Study report to make it clear, concise and professional.
See our Masterclasses on how to approach and write your Case Study properly: http://www.delever.com/masterclass
I hope this helps