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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 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 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 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.
On the home page, what are the Summary and the Progress?
The Summary on the home page
The home page summary gives you a really useful snapshot of how much time you have recorded against each of your technical competencies. Ideally, you should aim for an even balance of experience across your chosen competencies and levels.
Progress on the home page
The progress section on the homepage mirrors DeLever’s Timeline Wallchart and gives you hints and tips about what you should be doing now in your APC timeline, what is coming over the next couple of months and what you should have done in the last few months, just in case you’ve fallen behind. You can get a full copy of DeLever’s Timeline Wallchart for free at www.mydelever.com
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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.
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. Each mock is £255+VAT
Building Control – 25th October, London
Building Surveying – 18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London; 8th November, Leeds
Built Infrastructure – 18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London
Project Management – 18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London; 8th November, Leeds
Quantity Surveying and Construction – 18th October, Bedford; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London; 8th November, Leeds
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
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.
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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