BWA DeLever Middle East – APC Forum Dubai 09.09.14 – Mock Interview Cinema

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The BWA DeLever APC Forum in Dubai on 09.09.14

Event Agenda Items Explained:  Mock Interview Cinema

At the APC Forum Jon Lever FRICS will be presenting short film footage explaining each step of the APC Final Assessment interview.  Jon has trained over 5,000 new APC assessors in the UK since 2006 and he has produced an instructional film on how the final assessment interview works.

If you attend the APC Forum you will have the opportunity to view the short films and some additional film footage from DeLever Mock Interviews held earlier in 2014.

You will NOT get this OPPORTUNITY anywhere else!

Book your place here:  http://www.bwadelever.com/apc-forum-dubai/4585980568

See you there…

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Understand your APC Competencies and Levels

If I was to say that the majority of candidates I meet do not fully understand what competencies they are doing and/or what is required in those competencies, would you believe me?

Well, it is sadly a proven statement as I have been working with APC candidates in the UK for over 20 years and time and time again they are approaching the APC in the wrong way.

Competencies are the fundamental foundation of the WHOLE APC process and if you get this bit wrong then there is the potential to seriously mess the whole thing up! Focus and move forward with the knowledge that competency awareness and understanding is your highest priority.

So here is a quick guide to getting your head around the APC competencies:

 

  1. Review your chosen pathway and the competency requirements in the APC Requirements and competencies guide. And then proceed to read them again and again.
  2. Make sure you understand and have correctly selected the right number of competencies and the correct levels of competency. Go back and check again and again until you are happy.
  3. Look at the competency level descriptions in the back of the APC Requirements and Competencies guide. These statements are often quite broad but you need to review them all the same.
  4. Look at the further detailed competency level descriptions in your specific pathway guide and start to appreciate the suggested examples of knowledge, doing and advice giving that is listed under each level. Talk to your supervisor and counsellor, and even an APC Doctor. They are available to help you understand the depth and breadth of competency and how you might go about achieving relevant experience.

 

Remember, at the end of the APC tunnel are three very pleasant APC Assessors who are VERY keen to discuss with you your competency knowledge, application and have a chat with you about what experience you have had advising your clients and why?

 

Get in touch with us and start building your mountain of support from BWA DeLever: http://www.bwadelever.com   |   bwadelever@gmail.com

 

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BWA DeLever Middle East – APC Forum Dubai 09.09.14 – Rules of Conduct & Professional Ethics

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The BWA DeLever APC Forum in Dubai on 09.09.14

Event Agenda Items Explained:  Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics

At the APC Forum Jon Lever FRICS will be delivering a CPD talk on the latest RICS Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics.  Jon has researched and trained this topic for the last 7 years since his involvement on the RICS Regulatory Board between 2007 and 2011 and more recently on the RICS Ethics Sub-Committee which he still sits on.  Jon is also associated with the Institute of Business Ethics.

Jon has made it his mission to raise awareness and educate both trainees and Chartered members of the RICS as Conduct and Ethics is often given little attention, yet it is one of the most important topics for our professional well being.

Jon’s talk will be highly relevant for APC candidates and Chartered members.  As a chartered member this could be relevant FORMAL CPD and tick the 3 year requirement for an ETHICAL ELEMENT in your CPD We look forward to seeing you at the event and sharing our knowledge and experience in this learning environment.

Book your place here:  http://www.bwadelever.com/apc-forum-dubai/4585980568

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The 3 G’s To Starting Your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC)

 1. Get involved with RICS.

It is important that you get involved with RICS for your APC development. This will have many benefits as well as building up those all important business / network of contacts. Good networking opportunities can always be found at RICS meetings, various committees you can join and specifically RICS matrics events which are often designed to encourage and bring together both surveyors and other professionals. Generally any networking can be recorded in your Professional Development (CPD) and the APC assessors are always keen to see a candidate that is willing to engage with their fellow professionals. If you have a local RICS matrics group then join it, if not why not set one up? If you need some guidance or support with this get in touch.

 2. Get a job

You can only start and progress your APC if you are employed in a relevant surveying job.  It is also important that the job you are employed to do is able to cover and deliver the right practical experience for the pathway and specific declared competencies you have chosen.  You need to have the commitment from your employer that they are happy to develop and support you.  It is well worth putting a structured training plan toegther with your employer focusing on your declared competencies and commentary from your employer regarding the proposed experience they expect you to gain to achieve the competencies over time.

 3. Get stuck in

The APC is your career (no one else is going to sit the final assessment for you) so you need to step up take control and go for it. You should always be seeking opportunities for training, developing your practical experience and progressing your professional development. I often speak with candidates who feel their support network is lacking and, whilst I do sympathise when employers are, maybe, not as proactive as they should be, I also challenge candidate’s motivation and suggest if they are a little lethargic themselves then it is often the case that supervisors and counsellors (as busy as they are) are not incentivised to help an unresponsive candidate. So the moral of this tale is get a grip of the APC and drive it forwards! There is a mountain of support out there, you just need to go and get it.

Get in touch with us and start building your mountain of support from BWA DeLever: http://www.bwadelever.com   |   bwadelever@gmail.com

 

Come and meet my colleagues and me at BWA DeLever APC Forum Dubai

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BWA DeLever Middle East – APC Forum Dubai 09.09.14 – Explained

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Over the next few days we will be posting information and guidance about the agenda we will be delivering at the BWA DeLever APC Forum in Dubai on 09.09.14.  We are running a full and exciting agenda, so come along if you can or tell your colleagues and contacts about it.  (full details here: http://www.bwadelever.com)

PLEASE NOTE: If you are based in the UK and would like DeLever to facilitate a similar event in your local area??? Then email us: hello@delever.com

 

 

BWA DeLever APC Forum 09.09.14 – Agenda 
(we will explain each Agenda item in detail over the next few days)

  • Welcome & Networking & Talk to the APC Assessors
  • APC Rules of Conduct and Ethics talk by Jon Lever FRICS
  • Refreshments & Networking & Talk to the Assessors
  • APC Mock Interview Cinema & Talk to the Assessors
  • Networking & Talk to the Assessors
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Understand the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Process

You would think this is an obvious statement, that “every candidate needs to have a good understanding of the APC process”, yet you would not believe how many candidates I meet that have little or no appreciation of the depth, breadth and magnitude of the task that lies ahead of them to achieve Chartered status. It is a veritable mountain of effort, gaining practical experience, reports, administration and record keeping. I even meet candidates who are nearing the end of the process who have little or no appreciation of the content and requirements of their declared competencies!

I often ask candidates, supervisors and counsellors the question “If they were to employ a professional Chartered Surveyor to assist them in a specific task for one of their clients, and that Chartered Surveyor delivered the work in a poorly produced report, not adhering to the client brief or requirements, laced with spelling and grammatical errors, on occasion technically incorrect and generally very poor in regard to presentation and structure…. Would you use the surveyor again or even pay them for their work?” The answer is always “NO OF COURSE NOT!” accompanied by lots of head shaking, rolling of eyes and tutting.

So, why then is it, for some reason unbeknown to me, that APC candidates, supervisors and counsellors think it is OK to send to RICS a final assessment submission with exactly the same list of errors. And then, when after the final assessment, a candidate receives a negative outcome (referral) and a multi-page referral report, they proceed to complain that the APC assessors have done them an injustice!

It seems daft, doesn’t it, yet this happens time and time again. From my own experience of assessing, (which spans some 18+ years now, that makes me feel a little OLD!), I am still seeing about 60% of the candidates I assess sending RICS a poor and inadequate set of documentation prior to attending their Final Assessment.

So it is with a heartfelt plea, not only for my benefit as an assessor, but for your benefit as a prospective final assessment candidate and Chartered Surveyor that you FULLY understand the APC process and get to grips with it and deliver exactly, to the letter, the RICS’s requirements, your client’s brief.

I have made it a mission over the past 15 years, and will do so for many years to come, to provide FREE and cost effective support and advice to many thousands of APC candidates, supervisors, counsellors and employers both in the UK and Worldwide… All you need to do is come and get it and give yourself a massive opportunity to avoid being referred!

Come and meet my colleagues and me at BWA DeLever APC Forum Dubai

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