What Is The APC Lifeline and How Will It Benefit You?

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APC Process Seminar
16th June 14, 10am – 1.30pm, London South Bank University
Covers the APC process in detail and helps you to understand what is needed to achieve the APC.

£150 plus vat   book your place

Critical Analysis Seminar
16th June14, 10am – 1.30pm, London South Bank University
The components of the critical analysis, how to select an appropriate project and common pitfalls.

£150 plus vat   book your place

APC Lifeline
19 July 14 – London Heathrow, 9 August 14 – East Midlands Airport
An intensive one-day workshop (over 9hrs) for APC candidates taking their final assessment in Session 2 Autumn 14.Covering the process and competencies to ensure you have everything right first time. Including a review of the final assessment helping you to understand what to expect.

£195 plus vat per person, early bird rates available!
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Masterclasses (Webinars)
23rd June 14 – Mock Interview Feedback
Common mistakes made by final assessment candidates
30 Jul 14 – RICS Templates and Submission Documents
30 Jul 14 – The Critical Analysis

£39 plus vat per person
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PER Training Course
Starting 31 July 14 – Milton Keynes
Monthly sessions to fully prepare you for the final assessment. If you are on the Professional Experience Route then this course is a must. It’s been tailored for your needs and is a great networking opportunity for PER candidates.

£150 plus vat per person, early bird rates available!
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FREE RTA Surgeries
If you are based in the East of England or East Midlands don’t forget about the RTA Surgeries, free drop-in sessions where you can ask Jon Lever your APC questions.

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DeLever APC PER Training CourseDeLever are very happy to announce our latest offering specifically for Professional Experience Route Candidates.  Feedback from PER candidates suggests they are finding this route is a lot more demanding than they thought it would be. DeLever are here to support and guide you through the process.  With our expertise and regular monthly training, you’ll have all the support you need.

DeLever APC PER Training Course

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To book all 6 events and receive the discount, please contact Elizabeth at our office +44(0)1234 780142

Should I use my iPad in the Final Assessment Interview

qow2Question:

Is it acceptable to bring an IPad to aid your presentation?  I was thinking of loading photographs of my Critical Analysis project to aid my presentation, is this acceptable?

 

Answer:

No!

If you brought an iPad into my interview room (I am an APC Chairman of Assessors and train all the Assessors and Chairmen in the UK for RICS) I would ask you to turn it off as it has potential to record the interview which is not allowed.  Note, RICS do not electronically record the interview.

Consider the size of the iPad…  it is really only designed for personal use (A5 size) so therefore I assume you will not be bringing three of them (one for each assessor)!  Also the potential for it to go wrong and the battery die for example.

I think photos are a great idea but produce them in a neat little (hard copy) handout / booklet or similar and make sure they are colour, of good quality and annotated etc.  Don’t forget to being 4 copies, one for each assessor and one for you.

You may be interested to see the DeLever APC Masterclass recordings (as I delivered the Masterclass live last week) on the Final Assessment and How to write a good APC presentation.

See:  http://www.delever.co.uk/html/masterclass_recordings.html

I hope this helps

Kind regards

Jon

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Do you want to EXCEL in your final APC interview?

EXCEL (V)
be very good: to be outstanding 
do well or better: to do better than all others, than a given standard,
or than previous personal achievement

Are you feeling confident about your interview? Do you know what to expect and how you will be received? Take a mock interview which will be as close to the real thing as we can make it. It’s a 60 minute interview with two APC assessors. The interview questioning will be based on your personal 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.*

Both the mock interview and the feedback session are recorded and you will be given online access to this recording a few days after the mock interview.

Confidence is key, so book your place now!

http://www.delever.com/html/apc_mock_interviews.html

*Please note the assessors provide their comments on the basis of your performance on the day. However, this does not guarantee that the identical assessment will be made at the real final assessment as this is dependent upon your performance on the day.

Professional Practice Skills Development and the APC

qow2Question:  “I am amalgamating my CPD hours for my APC submission next month and am concerned that I do not have enough for Professional Practice Skills Development. I have read the RICS codes of conduct documents etc available of the RICS website but these will not allow me to build up the required 16 hours”

Answer:  An interesting quandary but you are not alone as this is probably one of the hardest areas to gain Professional Development in.  Candidates are expected to focus on professional development over their whole training period but I do find more often than not it tends to be left a little bit last minute.  This is often down to poor supervisor and counsellor support and a general lack of awareness that the training period often disappears in a puff of smoke…

However, no point harping on about it as it does not solve your immediate problem, so here are some suggestions that will:

1. Read the RICS guide about how Rules of Conduct will be assessed at the APC.  This document outlines the range of Rules of Conduct documentation you would need to be aware of.

For example:
Rules for Members and Firms
The Help Sheets supporting the rules (there are lots)
The Policy documents for PII and regulation
Bribery Act
Surveying Safely
Equality Act
RICS Bye Laws
RICS Regulations
Practice management guide (edition 3)
Ombudsman Services Property Web site

Links to most of this you can find at www.apccentre.com/links
I have a mind map of the ethics and rules of conduct if you would like a copy, get in touch.

2. Attend or buy the recording of my two Masterclasses on Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics.  About 2 hours long each.  See: www.delever.com/masterclass

3. Do the RICS ONLINE 1 hour ethics module for free at www.rics.org

4. Come along to the DeLever APC Lifeline workshop where we cover the whole final assessment preparation elements plus a couple of hours on rules of conduct and Q&A on the subject too

5. Read the about us section on the RICS website, that is relevant

6. Look at conflict avoidance, dispute resolution and client care

7. Come along to my FREE APC Forum online.  See: www.delever.com/apcforum/book

I hope this helps

Kind regards

Jon