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Understand the Levels

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.

what are the Summary and the Progress?

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
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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.
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Building Control25th October, London
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Built Infrastructure18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London
Project Management18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London; 8th November, Leeds
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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.
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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.
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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

Structure of the final assessment Tips from Jon Lever FRICS

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 Structure is key 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.
Extra Help:
Mock Interviews
The hour long DeLever mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it. Practice

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Mock Interviews

the entire interview and receive fifteen minutes feedback from the two assessors straight away.  Each mock is £255+VAT

Building Control25th October, London
Building Surveying18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London; 8th November, Leeds
Built Infrastructure18th October, Bedford; 25th October, London; 25th October, East Midlands Airport; 1st November, London
Project Management18th 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
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