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


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?




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

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Do you want to EXCEL in your final APC interview?

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!


*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


APC as Sole Trader?


After reading through the APC guidance, I’m still a little confused regarding eligibility for this route as in the introductory letter from RICS states; “You must have an APC training agreement arranged with your employer as approval to enrol is on the understanding that this in place”.

I have stated at outset that I am self employed and registered sole trader, so have no structured APC training facility.

Do I try and resource this externally?


I have had this situation occur before and I generally look at it in this way…  As a sole trader you are in the eyes of the RICS Regulation (according to my understanding of it) classed as a member and a firm.

Therefore what stops you (your firm) organising suitable mentoring from an external contact (Chartered Surveyor)who could take on the responsibility of both supervisor and counsellor?  You may even want to engage two people to play each role individually.

I see no reason therefore if you have the correct mentors and support in place, that you could not simply produce and submit the APC Training Agreement declaration to RICS on behalf of your trading name with the relevant associated support and signoff’s on the agreement that you will be properly supported.  You can then, with your mentors, produce and agree upon the structured training plan.

Another thought, as I don’t know your full working situation.  Why not find a local contact who has a surveying firm, who is proactive and puts candidates through the process already (and have an APC Training Agreement in place) and then negotiating with them to take you onboard under their APC training Agreement and acting for you as supervisor and counsellor?

Have you considered contacting RICS Membership Operations (probably the contact on the bottom of the letter you already have) and seeking further guidance / agreement?

I hope this helps

Kind regards

Critical Analysis – Should I choose a new project?

I am currently preparing for my final assessment in session 1 2014 and have previously been referred in November 2012. Within my referral report a couple of issues were raised about my critical analysis but the panel advised that my CA may be used again.

Following discussions with my supervisor, he is of the opinion that my CA does not truly reflect my current level of experience as I have gained significantly more experience since previously taking  my APC interview.

My supervisor has suggested that I prepare another CA based upon a larger more complex project undertaken. I am reluctant to do so as I will have to choose a new project, identify key issues etc etc and as the formal submission is between 15 – 30 March 2014 and I would like to concentrate on addressing the issued raised in my referral report & revising.   The question is am I putting myself at a disadvantage my resubmitting my previous CA (with minor amendments) given that my experience since originally undertaking the project covered in my CA has greatly increased?


An interesting quandary…

I think it is important to consider how old your Critical Analysis is.  Since referral it is nearing 18 months old and then I’ll assume it could be from the beginning of your initial APC training so it could be well over 3 years old by now.

If I was mentoring you I too would wonder if it showed you off in the best light today as I would hope you have progressed since your initial assessment interview.

However, I winced a little when I read that you are being advised to choose something more ‘complex’.  I do worry when candidate pick complex projects and issues when the assessors are just looking for a project with issues / challenges that you have managed and mitigated and that reflect your declared breadth, depth and level of competency, not one that is so complex it causes confusion.

Remember it is about picking the right project to demonstrate the depth and breadth of your experience and achievement in line with the RICS requirements noted in the guides.

We also need to consider the time issue because, again, if I was mentoring you I would not be expecting you to be considering starting to write a Critical Analysis now with only a month to the hand-in date.  I would have expected you to have stared it last September  / October time to have it ready for submission now. So, I am not sure you have the time to do a proper job if you pick a new one.

So with these thoughts on the table….

You don’t need to find a new project or write a new Critical Analysis because the panel have not instructed you to do so…  Also there is the consideration that it was, I guess, a perfectly good project and key issue etc for the previous panel to deem it suitable to cover their expectations for your competency experience achievements that you noted in the report…  So, you could quite happily just update if required and resubmit.


The million dollar question is… based upon the reasons of your referral last time does the current Critical Analysis show you off in the best light and demonstrate a depth and breadth of competency achievement or would a new one be a better option?

I think, only you can answer that… and I guess your decision may be driven by the limited time you have available to address this issue!

I hope this helps

Kind regards


DeLever APC Lifeline – An Intensive one-day APC workshop

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An intensive one-day APC workshop (over 9hrs of CPD) for APC candidates taking their final assessment in the next session, Spring 2014.   (download the flyer)

The APC Lifeline covers the process and competencies to ensure you have everything right first time. It includes a review and discussion of submission documentation to highlight where issues or anomalies may arise and offer suggestions for best practice.

Book your place today, see:    http://www.delever.com/lifeline     (Limited places)

What you get:

1. Competency review – A whole morning reviewing competencies by a current APC Assessor from your pathway
(A 3 hour walk through the key competencies for your pathway)

2. Document review – Come and show us your documents before you hand them in… Identify and rectify errors and get your documents in good shape for submission!
(From my experience 60% of candidates get their documents wrong.  Jon Lever FRICS)

3. RICS Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics talk by Jon Lever FRICS
(Jon has reviewed and studied the Rules of Conduct for the last 5 years and Sits on the RICS Ethics Sub Committee)

4. Final Assessment Question and Answer session with all of the attending APC Assessors
(Using YOUR documents we’ll ask YOU APC questions in the style of a real APC Assessor)

Where and When:
East Midlands Airport – 23rd February 2014
NOTE:  APC Final Assessment Document Submission for Land and Property 28 Feb 2014 and for Built Environment 31 March 2014

Who will be there:
Jon Lever FRICS and a selection of his hand picked APC Coaches who are all active APC Assessors

Discussion of submission documents, bring yours with you to review before you send them to RICS. Identify and rectify errors and get your documents in good shape for submission as many candidates make mistakes in their
submission documents.

Price, if you book early: £195+vat per person early bird rate (until 2 weeks before the event)

Price, if you book last minute: £285+vat standard rate thereafter.

Includes refreshments, Handouts and Resources and a FREE DeLever Resource CDROM

Book your place today, see:    http://www.delever.com/lifeline     (Limited Places)

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