APC Final Assessment Advice from Jon Lever FRICS

Jon Lever’s advice:
The Final Assessment

  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.

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. Continue reading

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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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
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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.

Tips 4 of 5 from Jon Lever FRICS for organising your time leading up to the final assessment plus FREE help.

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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4. Revise, revise revise
At the final assessment you will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and generally explain how you’ll undertake your business stressed-student-revising-008professionally.  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.

If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.

  1. Prepare your presentation thoroughly
    Once your Case Study is finished you should focus on developing your 10 minute presentation. I have seen a number of candidates present something different from their Case Study at the final assessment; you will be referred if you do this. If you bring a flipchart or handouts they should look professional. Your notes should be detailed enough to be a useful prompt, but not a script that you read to the assessors. A vital part of your preparation is practise to polish your performance and get your timings right.
  2. Practice your presentation
    You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the beginning of the Final Assessment Interview. You will be expected to deliver an excellent and professional presentation, with well-produced verbal communication, top quality visual aids (if you are using any) good eye contact, good body language, clarity of thought and structure, professional and polite delivery and ensuring you can demonstrate top quality skill and awareness of the needs of your audience.  So often candidates don’t do well here so here is your chance to excel and stand out from the crowd.

3. Prepare for the Final Assessment day

Sitting the final assessment is stressful, understanding what to expect will help.  It is a good idea to visit the assessment centre beforehand and test such things as journey time and parking. You cannot be late for the final assessment! Prepare a checklist so that when you get nervous on the day you don’t forget anything. Absolutely anything in your submission documents can be the basis of questioning during your interview, so make sure you put in the preparation time and regularly review your declared competencies and submission documents.

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare. 

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APC Diary 

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