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Keep your RICS 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.
Get stuck in
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 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
RICS Rules of Conduct
Experience logging – 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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the entire interview and receive fifteen minutes feedback from the two assessors straight away. Each mock is £255+VAT
DeLever Weekly Update and must have Tips for RICS APC Candidates from Jon Lever FRICS &RICS Governing Council Member.
Over the last few weeks we have talked a lot about the final assessment and how best to prepare. We have consolidated this into one page at myDeLever to give you the definitive guide on preparing for the final assessment. www.mydelever.com
Reducing your stress
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The hour long DeLever mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it. Practise the entire interview and receive fifteen minutes feedback from the two assessors straight away.
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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.
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
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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Sign off – What is sign off?
Sign-off of your competencies is a new section we have built into the myAPCDiary to develop and enhance engagement between the candidate and their supervisor and counsellor. From the supervisor and counsellor perspective we have made it simple to monitor and review each candidate you are overseeing and the sign-off is an opportunity to discuss and verify competency and level progress.
How do I electronically get things signed off? How do I sign off manually?
As you may expect, you will need some evidence to sign-off so we have designed the myAPC Diary to manage the competency achievement through the Summary of Experience and the Sign-Off section. As soon as you have written up your competency levels in the Summary of Experience you may send an electronic request to your supervisor and counsellor to either review and confirm electronically or wait until you next meet and manually sign off progress.
The physical activity or requesting or signing off competency achievement is done in the simple to use Sign-Off section.
Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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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.
If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.
- 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. Practise 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.
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.
Book your free place at http://www.delever.co.uk/apc-forum
Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. It will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.