Understand your competencies and levels

Understand your competencies and levels

The APC Guides provide explanation of the competency requirements / options for each pathway. Your supervisor and counsellor should help you interpret each competency and discuss the experience available to help you achieve your competency goals. If you have questions about the specific competencies that you and/or your supervisor and counsellor are unsure about then you could contact and discuss your queries with an RICS APC Mentor from your pathway.

Understand the competencies

The assessors are trained to focus on each individual candidate’s declared competencies and levels. However, what the assessors receive is often far off the mark.  Please make sure you have read and understood your declared competencies and the requirement for the depth and breadth of experience associated with each one.  You will find this in the Pathway Guide.  Please also do not miss the importance of the competency levels remembering that Level 1 requires a depth and breadth of understanding, Level 2 requires you to list real life examples of projects where you have undertaken the specific experience and Level 3 requires you to demonstrate both the experience and where you have given advice and your reasoning (why) you have given that advice.  So often all assessors receive is generic statements, which is often far too little.

At the final assessment you will need to demonstrate to the assessors that your full and detailed understanding (Level1) of each declared competency has enabled you to seek out
and gain experience (Level 2) and the opportunity to advise (Level 3).

APC Assessment are you ready ?

The APC Guides provide explanation of the competency requirements / options for each pathway. Your supervisor and counsellor should help you interpret each competency and discuss the experience available to help you achieve your competency goals. If you have questions about the specific competencies that you and/or your supervisor and counsellor are unsure about then you could contact and discuss your queries with an RICS APC Mentor from your pathway.

Understand the Levels

Unfortunately most the candidates I meet do not understand the competency levels:

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 level1demonstrate 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 in 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 level2breadth 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 level3your 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.