What is the best way to write your Level 1, 2, & 3 competencies for your RICS APC Journey

Understanding the Levels:

Unfortunately, most the candidates I meet do not understand the competency levels and will fail their RICS APC Final Assessment:

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 level1with your supervisor and counsellor, and have researched, undertaken and achieved the required learning.   Also, remember not to talk about your project experience examples at this level, unless you wish to refer to the learning you have reinforced through your experience.

level2Level 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.

level3Level 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. Continue reading

Question of the Week: Can I be referred on a competency I passed last time?



Hi If you are referred and there is only one area / competency that caused the referral – can you in the next assessment be failed / referred for failing another competency that in fact you passed at the first assessment ?





The short answer is YES.

Each time you attend the APC Final Assessment you WILL be tested across all of your declared competencies and the Assessors are challenged to pick up your referral items (noted in your referral report) specifically, during the assessment.

More guidance: Search ‘Referral’ on this blog

Kind regards