What to do and how to get started on your RICS APC 11 Top Tips

Top Tips for starting  APC

1 Become a member of RICS

Before you are eligible to start your APC, you can sign
up for free Student Membership of RICS and receive a
membership number which gives you instant access to
the RICS website which contains a wealth of knowledge
and other membership services. When you start the APC
your status will change to ‘Trainee Surveyor’.

2 Understand the APC process

Get the RICS APC Guides from http://www.rics.org. Make
sure that you have read and fully understand them as
about a quarter of the candidates I have assessed have in
part been referred because they don’t properly understand
the APC process. You should be reading them at least
once every 3 to 4 months. Candidates from outside the UK
also need to check the differences in the APC for their
world region, see the RICS web site for details.

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APC Final Assessment Revision help from DeLever

About now candidates for the 2017 Session 1 RICS APC are in three categories.

1/ I cant do this !!! I am not ready.

2/ I am ready and confident.

3/ I will get there but I need to do some more, plan is in place.

Whichever one you are, there is always a chance that you will need reassurance.

Referral :

Let’s get “Referral” out of the way. It is not a failure and never beat yourself over it. It is retriable with some guidance.

 

Jon Lever FRICS and DeLever Ltd have been helping candidates pass for over 15 years at a pass rate of over 85% of those taking our coaching and training.

I asked Jon, “what questions are asked at the Final Assessment?” He is always asked, by candidates, for a list?

‘There is NO SUCH list, of any use, as an assessor questions are focussed on your submission documents! (Look at APC ISPY)From our experience, candidates can be asked anything from around 80 to 100 questions in the interview hour!

The assessors are expected to provide candidates with clear, concise questions relating to their competency knowledge and experience.

You will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and explain how you would undertake your business professionally.

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.

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. Check that you have the latest version and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor.

Still, unclear let’s give you some help?

How would you like to get a step ahead in your preparation for your assessment interview?

http://www.delever.co.uk/apcispy

We are delighted to introduce our APC i-Spy service where our Expert APC Coaches (all active assessors) will review your Final Assessment Submission documents and write you a list of questions they would identify, from their assessing experience, and based upon your actual, real, unique APC submission documentation.

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What’s next, a MOCK Interview.

This will be harder or as severe as the real APC Final Assesment.

Mocks are a 60 minute APC mock interview with real and current APC assessors, followed immediately by a 15-minute feedback critique.

They are selling out quickly, London, Harrogate or East Midlands.

Don’t wait as you’ll not get the location you want. 

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How about the Presentation format and help for the final assessment. Jon has put together what he would expect to see. Click here

http://www.delever.co.uk/presentation-pack

Final Free Stuff, we about helping you.

Join the APC 101 What’s app group. It is about to evolve.

Email harvey@delever.com and tell us where you are in the process, so you go in the right group. IE Route, Pathway and session details. We will add you to the email APC Update for more free tips and help.

It has 3-4 assessors, plus Jon Lever and candidates in the same place you are. Ask your questions instantly. It is a problem fixer if you get stuck.

Final Tip to success read the E-magazine APCEye it is full of free help and tips.

http://www.delever.co.uk/apceye

Lastly

Good Luck, relax, and you will be fine. Get inspired listen to music, shout, clap for a minute. Laughter yoga watch below! I dare you to not smile

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Construction Enquirer August 2016 Construction Rankings

At DeLever Ltd being a APC Training company involved in training Candidates to become Charter Surveyors. Our mind is trained to love rankings and ordered lists.

Being a reader of the Construction Enquirer we follow their ranking on projects, clients and news.
The latest figures for August 2016 have just been released.

August 2016 figuresThe win helped Bouygues breakaway with close contender BAM from the chasing pack in the rankings for work won over the rolling 12 months.

Both firms are now nearly £500m worth of work ahead of third placed Morgan Sindall, which has been steadily working up the league.

Among the other big wins during the month, McLaren picked up a £155m distribution centre project for Roxhill & the London Distribution Park.

Skanska sealed a £65m job at Great Ormond Street after replacing Bouygues and Galliford Try has a £175m regeneration project for Genesis HA & QPR at Old Oak Common.

Laing O’Rourke soared to the top of the August contracts league after signing off the construction deal for developer Henderson’s £850m St James Quarter project in Edinburgh.

The huge scheme catapulted Laing O’Rourke ahead of second placed Bouygues, which bagged eight projects totalling nearly £500m.

According to information specialist Glenigan, the French contractor won £236m worth of work on the extension of the Midland Metro extension, courtesy of ownership of Colas Rail.

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DeLever new APC EYE October 16 Edition is out this week to read or download a copy click on the image .

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RICS expects candidates to be perfect in the final APC Interview? In other words, why would a candidate fail the APC?”

Jon Lever says … “I am often asked whether RICS expects candidates to be perfect in the final APC interview? In other words, why would a candidate fail the APC?”

Jon Lever’s advice on Why candidates may ‘fail’ the APC?

Firstly, 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!

A test of your understanding?
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:

Level 1 – Know the 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.

Level 2 – 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.

Level 3 – 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.

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 where a successful candidate demonstrates to other Chartered Surveyors that they are competent and can be trusted to be professional.

A test of your professionalism
It is a good idea to treat your panel as if you were attending a progress meeting with a client, be on your best professional behaviour, have your client’s interest foremost in your mind and be able to explain and discuss yourself professionally and succinctly.

At the APC Final Assessment a candidate must convince a panel of professional Chartered Surveyors that they are a ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ and should they achieve their Chartered Status and set up their own 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.

Why could you be referred?
Unfortunately, candidates are mainly referred at the Final Assessment due to a lack of understanding of the process or their competencies, or through a lack of experience so they are unable to demonstrate their ability. If a candidate is unable to discuss at the final assessment the basics as laid down in the competencies, then the assessors will refer the candidate.  You would be surprised how many candidates come forward for assessment thinking 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 I am able to identify and demonstrate to these individuals the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

I achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status over 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it. I believe that success comes from hard work, being realistic about whether you are ready to take the final assessment, a positive attitude to continually grow and develop and try to always do everything to the best of your ability.

DeLever Mock Interviews

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A 60 minute APC mock interview with real and current APC assessors. The DeLever APC mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it. The interview questioning will be based on your personal APC submission documents, just like the real APC final assessment.  The mock interview is followed immediately by a 15 minute feedback critique from the assessors based upon your performance.*

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“Useful experience. Developed my knowledge of the process.  Helped to build my confidence”.

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“It was a great opportunity to experience the format of the real Final Assessment”.

“My weakness was my inability to communicate effectively. The mock interview has helped me to work on this and really opened my eyes to the issue”.

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March 2016 – Face to Face, 2 Assessors

  • 13th March 2016 (Sunday) | East Midlands | BS, BINF, CP, FM, MC, P&D, PM, RES, VAL
  • 14th March 2016 (Monday) | Harrogate | CP, QS&C, RES, VAL
  • 20th March 2016 (Sunday) | East Midlands | BS, BINF, CP, FM, MC, P&D, PM, RES, VAL
  • 26th March 2016 (Saturday) | East Midlands | BS, BINF, CP, FM, MC, P&D, PM

April & May dates also available.

ONLINE Mocks can be booked anytime to suit assessor and candidate.

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Final places left for this Session 2016

Mock Interviews – Spring 2016

Just like the real thing! 

Hour long mock interviews followed by fifteen minutes of excellent direct feedback…

A 60 minute APC mock interview with real and current APC assessors. The DeLever APC mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it. The interview questioning book your place buttonwill be based on your personal APC submission documents, just like the real APC final assessment.  The mock interview is followed immediately by a 15 minute feedback critique from the assessors based upon your performance.

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Dates available

March 2016 – Commercial Property, Residential & Valuation Pathways

Face to Face , 1 or 2 Assessors

5th March 2016 (Saturday)  |  East Midlands  |  3 Places remaining  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS
13th March 2016 (Sunday)  |  East Midlands  |  4 Places remaining  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS
20th March 2016 (Sunday)  |  East Midlands  |  3 Places remaining  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS

ONLINE (Skype) , 1 Assessor

15th March 2016 (Tuesday)  |  World Wide |  Places available  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS
16th March 2016 (Wednesday)  |  World Wide  |  Places available  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS
22nd March 2016 (Tuesday)  |  World Wide  |  Places available  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS
23rd March 2016 (Wednesday)  |  World Wide  |  Places available  |  Contact Kate Taylor FRICS

  March 2016 – Building Surveying, Built Infrastructure, Facilities Management, Management Consultancy,Planning and Development and Project Management Pathways.

(Also available Quantity Surveying and Construction)

Face to Face , 1 or 2 Assessors

26th March 2016 (Saturday)  |  East Midlands  |  4 Places remaining  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS

March 2016 – Commercial Property, Quantity Surveying and Construction, Residential andValuation Pathways

Face to Face , 2 Assessors

7th March 2016 (Monday)  |  London  |  2 Places remaining  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS
8th March 2016 (Tuesday)  |  London  | 2 PLaces remaining  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS
14th March 2016 (Monday)  |  Harrogate  |  4 PLaces remaining  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS

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April 2016 – Building Surveying, Built Infrastructure, Commercial Property, Facilities Management,Management Consultancy, Planning and Development, Project Management, Residential and Valuation Pathways (Also available Quantity Surveying and Construction)

Face to Face , 1 or 2 Assessors

3rd April 2016 (Sunday)  |  East Midlands  |  Places available  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS
9th April  2016 (Saturday)  |  East Midlands  |  4 Places remaining  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS
16th April 2016 (Saturday)  |  East Midlands  |  Places available  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS
24th April  2016 (Sunday)  |  East Midlands  |  5 Places remaining  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS

ONLINE (Skype) , 1 Assessor

Available to make a mutually agreeable  arrangement any time between 1st March 2016 to 23rd May 2016 |  World Wide  |  Places available  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS


 April 2016 – Building Surveying, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathways

Face to Face , 2 Assessors

14th April 2016 (Thursday)  |  London  |  Places available  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS

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April 2016 – Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathways

Face 2 Face 2 Assessors

16th April 2016 (Saturday)  |  Bedford  |  Places available  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS

April 2016 – Rural Practice, Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathways

Face to Face, 2 Assessors

17th April 2016 (Sunday)  |  Bedford  |  Places Available  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS 

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April 2016 – Quantity Surveyiong and Construction Pathway

Face to Face, 2 Assessors

25th April 2016 (Monday)  |  Harrogate  |  Places Available  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS


May 2016 – Building Surveying, Built Infrastructure, Commercial Property, Facilities Management, Management Consultancy and Project Management, Residential, Valuation  Pathways

(Also available Quantity Surveying and Construction)

Face to Face , 1 or 2 Assessors

1st May 2016 (Sunday)  |  East Midlands  |  Places available  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS
8th May 2016 (Sunday)  |  East Midlands  |  Places available  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS

 ONLINE (Skype) , 1 Assessor

Available to make a mutually agreeable  arrangement any time between

1st March 2016 to 23rd May 2016 |  World Wide  |  Places available  |  Contact Tim Jones FRICS

May 2016 – Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway

Face to Face , 2 Assessors

1st May 2016 (Sunday)  |  Bedford  |  Places available  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS

May 2016 – Building Surveying, Built Infrastructure, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathways

Face to Face, 2 Assessors

5th May 2016 (Thursday)  |  London  |  Places Available  |  Contact Jon Lever FRICS

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Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop

Helps you get everything right for submission

Intensive one-day workshop

The workshop clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview.

Dates
12th Mar 16 – Final Assessment and Comp Revision Workshop, QS and Construction
East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm Sold Out

12th Mar 16 – Final Assessment and Comp Revision Workshop, QS and Construction
East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm

13th Mar 16 – Final Assessment and Comp Revision Workshop, BINF, BS, PM
East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pmMore-Info-button

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