Jon Lever’s FRICS Weekly RICS APC TIPs

Get the right balance of experience

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 of what you were doing. This will help you identify any competency experience where you are deficient.

Maintain regular communication with your employer 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.

Make sure you keep all your documentation up to date

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 of what you were doing. This will help you identify any competency experience where you are deficient. Don’t forget to discuss ways to tailor your experience to fill the gaps with your supervisor and counsellor.  Your diary is an important document and may be requested by your APC assessment panel, so make sure you keep it up to date.


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Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop

Helps you get everything right for submission
(Don’t Forget to bring your documents to be reviewed !)

Intensive one-day workshop 12/13th March 2016 

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. Jon Lever FRICS explain more below :

Benefits of attending the workshop

  • Understand what the assessors are expecting you to know and have done for each of your technical competencies

  • Understand how the mandatory competencies will be assessed

  • Understand how best to prepare for the final assessment

  • Understand how the final assessment will be structured and what to expect

  • Gain an appreciation of the Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics and how they will be assessed

  • Experience how the assessors will ask competency, knowledge, experience, current affairs and rules of conduct and ethics questions

     

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Jon Lever’s focus on the final assessment interview …
Structure of the final assessment
At the assessment centre you must first register with the RICS reception administrators who will direct you to the waiting room. When it’s time, you will be asked to go to your interview room. Usually there are three assessors including the chairman, but there may only be two. The chairman explains the assessment process and then you deliver your presentation, followed by 5 to 10 minutes of questions on your Case Study and presentation. Then 30 minutes of knowledge and experience based questions focusing on your declared competencies.  Finally, the chairman covers the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics, these can also appear throughout the assessment.  At the end of the assessment the chairman will give you the opportunity for any last comments and, if appropriate, revisits any questions that were passed over during the interview. The RICS informs you of the assessment result at a later date.
Final Assessment questioning
Over the years I have trained over 5,000 RICS members to be APC assessors and chairmen.  Part of the training focuses on the issue of competency based questioning.  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 generally 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.
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Masterclass Recordings
Final Assessment
Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment.
£25 + VAT

RICS Rules of Conduct 

This masterclass covers the key elements of the RICS Rules of Conduct that a candidate should be aware of and the latest updates to the Rules of Conduct.
£25 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.
£25 + VAT
 
APC Forum – FREE
Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.
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myAPCDiary

Why should I bother to upload my Case Study in the Assessments section?

We have provided an opportunity to any myAPCDiary user to store and back up their APC diary and ongoing recording and we felt along with that we can also offer you an opportunity to store your latest copy of your case study file in Word (or similar). This functionality is provided as a nice to have an peace of mind that your case study document is safely stored and backed up off-site just in case of your computer hardware is damaged, stolen, lost or just left behind when you need to get to your APC information.  Also, as it is all in the cloud you can access it on any computer.

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Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right

An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview. Training
19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction

20th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Built Infrastructure, Building Surveying, Project Management

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Final Assessment

Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment. only £25 + VAT
RICS Rules of Conduct 

This masterclass covers the key elements of the RICS Rules of Conduct that a candidate should be aware of and the latest updates to the Rules of Conduct. only £25 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview. only £25 + VAT
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Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

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Tips 2 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

2. Practice your presentation
You will be required to deliver your ten minute Case Study presentation at the Practicebeginning 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.

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  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 flip chart 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.

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Extra special tip ! Ethics and the final assessment

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Why are the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics so important at the Final Assessment?

Why are the RICS Rules of Conduct and Ethics so important at the Final Assessment?

The RICS Rules of Conduct and Global Ethical Standards are paramount to maintaining RICS ethics-and-compliancestandards. They set out the requirements of theRICS to ensure that Chartered Surveyors maintain an accountable level of professionalism and service. 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. Make sure you have the latest versions (from http://www.rics.org/regulation and http://www.rics.org/ethics) and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor.

It is important to have a good understanding and working knowledge of the RICS Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics.  It is a mandatory competency that all candidates should achieve to level 3, yet I often see candidates at the final assessment lacking the correct level of knowledge and experience. It is a good idea leading up to the final assessment to plan a programme of mini 10-minute presentations on rules of conduct and ethics related subjects. This will give you practise delivering presentations that are exactly 10 minutes long as you will have to do this in the final assessment and it will be a useful way to revise the rules of conduct and professional ethics.

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Professional Ethics TODAY

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The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group
discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.

9th September 2015, Online, 7.30pm – 9,30pm, £35 + VAT

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Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right
An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the gemeinsam diskutierenassessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview.

19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction

20th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Built Infrastructure, Building Surveying, Project Management

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APC Forum – FREE

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Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

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myAPCDiary

What is the logbook? 

The logbook is a summary of your recorded experience days and it is important to ensure that you have a good balance of experience across all your competencies.  As you record your diary your logbook is created automatically, so you don’t have to spend a long time adding up your days of experience.

What can I do about deficiencies in competencies?

If you note any deficiencies in your competency recording during your APC training you can use the myAPC Diary to output status report under ‘Assessment’ tab and see what you have achieved for each competency to date.  You can then use this information to form the basis of discussions with your supervisor and counsellor regarding changes in the work experiences offered to you.

How do I incorporate this into the RICS templates?

Once you have completed your training period having used the myAPC Diary to manage your training process you can click on the ‘Assessment’ tab and output the range of data (including the log book) into an excel spreadsheet.  You will then be able to quickly copy and paste and manipulate the outputted data into the current RICS templates.
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RICS Modus reviewed by Jon Lever for APC Candidates

RICS Modus Review   (Link at the bottom to read the latest version.)

Jon has been through this month’s edition of Modus and has identified 19 articles he thinks are of

August 2015 RICS Modus edition.

August 2015 RICS Modus edition.

interest to APC candidates:

Page 7 – CPD Recording Levels – Regulation in action
Page 7 – RICS joins world economic forum advisory panel
Page 8 – Demand for property is continuing to grow
Page 9 – Reports highlight potential of BIM in built environment ( download available )
Page 10 – Consultation on Residential Measurement Standards ( closing soon )
Page 13 – Sustainable investment is central to our Royal Charter
Page 15 – New Regulatory Board Chair
Page 15 – LSH Enterprise competition
Page 16 – Back in stream – hydroelectric project
Page 22 – Ripe for growth – Surveying in the wine industry
Page 30 – From sea to shore – land reclamation
Page 35 – A floor fit for purpose
Page 36 – Beyond all reasonable drought – urbanisation
Page 40 – Private party – Build to rent
Page 42 – Appliance if science – Hong Kong science park
Page 44 – No present like time
Page 46 – Exchange for better – currency exchange
Page 47 – HCFC’s time to clear the air
Page 49 – IBuildMapAR – useful App
Extra help
 
Masterclasses
Final Assessment
Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment.
7th September 2015, 7.30pm – 9,30pm, £33 + VAT

RICS Rules of Conduct 

This masterclass covers the key elements of the RICS Rules of Conduct that a candidate should be aware of and the latest updates to the Rules of Conduct.
8th September 2015, Online, 7.30pm – 9,30pm, £33 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.
9th September 2015, Online, 7.30pm – 9,30pm, £33 + VAT
Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right for submission
An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview.
19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction
20th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Built Infrastructure, Building Surveying, Project Management
From £175 + vat per person
myAPCDiary – Saving APC candidates time

The diary section is for recording your day to day experience.  We suggest a sentence or two clearly detailing the type of work you are doing and any key observations you make.  Note, it is important to ONLY record one duration to one competency for every half or whole day entry.  In fact the myAPCDiary will monitor this, keep a watchful eye on you and inform and restrict you from doing anything you shouldn’t.  You will need to write up 12 or 24 (or more) months of diary in this fashion, providing a pretty complete audit trail of your activity and experience.

Why can’t I see all my competencies in the diary section?   In the diary section of the myAPCDiary you will only have access to the Technical Core and Optional competencies to record against as this mirrors exactly the guidance given by RICS.  You do not record time against the Mandatory competencies in the diary and logbook, but you do write up the Mandatory competency levels in the Summary of Experience.

The Summary of Experience section is for summarising the experience you have had and probably recorded in your diary over the preceding months and weeks. However, it is important to write it up in a correct format with full adherence to Levels 1, 2, and 3.

Extra help: myAPCDiary (linking to https://apcdiary.com/)

Kind regards,
Jon Lever