Jon Lever’s advice to keep your APC moving
Most candidates start the APC with enthusiasm, but many seem to stall a few months into the process. These tips will help you to keep your APC moving and on track to the final assessment.
The APC is your career so you need to take control and get stuck in. Far too often I hear candidates expecting to be offered everything when it is really much better for the candidate to drive the process forward. You should continuously be seeking opportunities for developing your knowledge, experience and that offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD), more on this soon.
Engage with your supervisor and counsellor
Depending on your APC route, you will need a supervisor and/or a counsellor to mentor you through the APC process. Whilst it is vitally important for you to take responsibility for your APC and career, a supervisor and/or counsellor should advise, guide and support you. Make sure they have the relevant up to date APC Guides and that they are aware of their role and responsibilities. They should be supporting you with guiding you towards the correct experience, monitoring your progress and signing off your competency achievement and, although they shouldn’t spoon feed you, they do need to engage with you and help to keep you motivated, more on this in the next article.
Keep your documentation up to date
As the APC is based on your competency experience it is hard to know whether you are on track if your diary and log book are not up to date. It is a good idea to write up your diary and log book weekly, including a detailed description regarding your experience. We suggest writing a sentence or two for each diary entry, sufficient to remind you about what you were doing. This will help you identify any competency experience where you are deficient. Don’t forget to maintain regular communication with your supervisor and counsellor so you can discuss ways to tailor your experience to fill the gaps. Your diary is an important document and may be requested by your APC assessment panel, so make sure you keep it up to date.
Get involved with the RICS
It is important that you get involved with the RICS for your APC development as well as building up contacts.
Good networking opportunities can be found at RICS events and RICS matrics. Don’t forget, you will be able to record this sort of activity on the most part as CPD. There are also regional meetings and events and look out for the RICS Training Advisor Surgeries that are happening nearby. If you are in the East or East Midlands you will find the RTA Surgeries I run at http://www.delever.com/rta. In addition to these, I also run a free once per month online APC Forum for anyone who wants to know anything about the APC process. Book your place at http://www.delever.com
Online Masterclass Webinars…
APC training and support delivered online wherever you are…
Masterclasses are excellent for gaining knowledge and understanding of the whole APC Process.
They are run by Jon Lever FRICS who is the RICS UK Licenced Assessor Trainer, an RICS Regional Training Advisor and an APC Chairman of Assessors, so he really knows the APC!
You’re invited to attend a live training on Contract Admin (1.5hrs)
Tuesday, August 11 AM BST (London) 6:30 pm
If you are an APC Candidate on any pathway, then this Webinar will be extremely valuable to you.
DURING THIS AMAZING WEBINAR YOU WILL LEARN
What will I learn?
What it is you should be aware of and where to find the knowledge
What does level 1, 2 and 3 mean in the context of this competency
Have you written good enough examples into your documentation
Hearing about other delegates experience examples
Is this event for me?
Most benefit will come from about 3 to 6 months after enrollment up to about 21 months
It is relevant at all stages of your APC.
Understanding the Levels:
Unfortunately, most the candidates I meet do not understand the competency levels and will fail their RICS APC Final Assessment:
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 demonstrate 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 at 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 breadth 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 your 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. Continue reading
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 web site 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.
3 Get a relevant job
You can only start your APC if you are employed in a
relevant surveying role, gaining the experience expected for
the pathway you intend to follow. It is also beneficial if your
employer is committed and willing to provide you with a
Structured Training Plan. RICS Training Advisors (RTA)
can assist and advise employers regarding any aspect of
the APC process. Find your RTA at http://www.rics.org.
**Alert** DeLever Masterclasses Dates
20th July – APC Templates Explained – 6 DAYS LEFT
APC Templates Explained: DeLever help you to understand what the APC Assessors are looking for in your APC Submission Documentation. Tips on how to present your documentation effectively and get it right first time. Assessors receive your documents in advance of meeting you at your final assessment interview so your submission documentation has to work hard for you and help the Assessors understand that you have delivered the requirements of the APC.
20th July – APC Competency Levels 1,2,&3 6 DAYS LEFT
APC Competency Levels 1,2&3: Discussing how best to write your Level 1,2, & 3 competencies and how to answer questions appropriate to the level.
Go to http://www.delever.co.uk/masterclasses
12th Aug – APC Submission Templates and ARC
APC Submission Templates and ARC: A focused Masterclass for candidates just about to finalise their submission documentation and upload it to the RICS online system ‘ARC’. Understand how to best complete your documents ready for submission for your final assessment. Ensuring you have considered what your document looks and feels like when you produce it electronically. And finally, how to upload it to ARC.
Go to http://www.delever.co.uk/masterclasses
We found they explain the CDM 2016 update really well.
Get the full document – Click here
If you’re involved in the RICS APC process, then it is important to understand the CDM changes.
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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
This week at DeLever Towers we have been Inundated with questions about your ‘Case Study’ It would seem there is a complete gap here or lack of available knowledge / Information available.
The Case Study is a big part of your Final Assessment.
Not knowing it or have a full understand and if the RICS APC Assessors get a sniff that you are either BS’ing it or blagging. May as well prepare for REFFERAL!
Ok so now that you’ve realised the importance, let put some help together.
First get the APC Case Study Graphical Explanation –>
FREE CLICK HERE
Now what else can you do:
APC Case Study Pack from DeLever
A fantastic resource for anyone embarking upon one of the most important elements of the APC Submission documentation.
This pack contains:
Rules of Conduct Explained
Professional Ethics Explained
Plus a BONUS copy of the APC Case Study Explained
What else can be done ??
How about if I told you that a Final Assessor could look at your final assessment presentation and tell you what they would ask ???
The keyholder is giving you a gold key.
APC ISPY Click here
I’ll not mention the format for the presentation guide, that’s a click on here