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Tip of the day 5 of 5 What is the difference between informal and formal CPD recording ?

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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CPD – what do I record?  i_iPhone

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is one of the sections that has been updated in the latest RICS templates.  You are required to record 48 hours of learning per year and at least 50% of it should be classed as formal learning.

When you are following the APC process, the 50% minimum formal CPD requirement is easily achieved as the amount of reading and learning you need to do to bring yourself up to date with the Level 1 competency knowledge is more than enough.

What is formal learning?

Formal learning is classed as an activity that has a ‘learning outcome’, which means that you have attended an event or undertake an activity where you believe you have learnt something new or enhanced your existing knowledge.

What isn’t formal learning?

If you are just attending an event, for example, a networking event or a repeat of a presentation or seminar you have attended previously then you would probably not necessarily be expecting to gain much further knowledge or education so you may allocate this to informal CPD.

How do I record CPD in the myAPCDiary?

Click on the CPD section in the tab and enter the details of your CPD.

The myAPCDiary will automatically collate your CPD entries into a graph of formal and informal hours recorded at the top of the page.  It will remind you if you are below the number of hours and will also email you once you reach the target number of hours.APC_Diary_you_tube_cover


If you missed the last two tip please see below, see below.

  1. 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. Practice 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.

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.

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.

4. Revise, revise revise
At the final assessment you will be asked to explain your understanding, experience, advice and actions and give opinions and generally explain how you’ll undertake your business stressed-student-revising-008professionally.  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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Does the RICS expect the candidate to be perfect in the final APC exam?

Question: “Does the RICS expect the candidate to be perfect in the final APC final APC exam?exam? In other words, why would a candidate fail at the final APC?”

Answer: Firstly let’s just clear up one thing at the outset and that is the APC Final Assessment IS NOT AN EXAM.  It is an EXPERIENTIAL BASED ASSESSMENT which is quite different.  I find a lot of candidates think it the APC is something you can revise a few weeks before and hopefully your questions come up.  This could not be any further from the truth!

I will try and explain…

You are attending an interview with three other professionally Chartered Surveyors to discuss your Knowledge (Level 1) Skill and Ability through examples of application and advice (Level 2 and 3).  This means that you need to know what the competency means and the depth and breadth of knowledge is important, but when taking a competency to a higher level then you must be able to discuss it, offering in depth examples of where YOU have had the experience and offered the advice relevant to the competency.

For example:

If a competency you have selected has 10 steps from beginning to end, you should be able to:

level1 Know the ten steps to complete the process and be able to discuss each step from a knowledge and process perspective.  Know the principles, parameters and key criteria without having to go back to the books or codes of practice etc.

level2 You should be able to discuss YOUR real life experiences from a range of different project types explaining how you have actually done each of the steps.

If and when discussing with a client about a relevant solution to a problem / challenge they have, you should be able to discuss with them and advise a suitable (CORRECT) solution to cover each step.  This advice should be based upon and taken from your experiences you have had at Level 2. Assessors are also looking to see how YOU will conduct yourself and therefore presentation, communication and professional conduct also feature high in the assessment.

If you treat your panel as if you were attending a progress meeting with a Lay Client and that you are on your best professional behavior with your client’s interest foremost in your mind and able to explain and discuss yourself professionally and succinctly you won’t go far wrong.

So you can see the APC Final Assessment is a simple process of a candidate convincing a panel of professional Chartered Surveyors that they are a ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ and should they achieve their Chartered Status and wish to set up their Interviewown practice they know their business and they understand how they are expected to conduct themselves and not bring themselves, the institution and all other Chartered Surveyors into disrepute.

Assessors DO NOT expect candidates to be experts in every competency they declare but they DO expect candidates to have made the effort to have fully understood and taken steps to experience the depth and breadth of their declared competencies.

The APC Final Assessment is NOT EASY, it is not meant to be, it is a professional interview which for the successful candidate demonstrates to other Chartered Surveyors and the world of business that you have met the grade and can be trusted to be professional in all that you do.

Unfortunately candidates get referred at the Final Assessment because of a lack of understanding of the process, competencies and a lack of experience so they are unable to demonstrate their ability. If this is brought into question during the final assessment interview because a candidate is unable to discuss the exam positiveitybasics as laid down in the competencies then the assessors will not be willing to pass the candidate as you would expect.  You would be surprised how many candidates come forward for assessment who think they can demonstrate a Level 3 competency by just having the outline knowledge without any real experience of it!

In the 15 years I have been assessing this is a constant issue and I often say that about 50% to 60% of candidates I see at the interview are poor.  This percentage is much higher at the mock interviews I provide, but thankfully they are mocks and demonstrate to these individuals the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

druids_stonehengeI sat and achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status nearly 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it and I believe that is what it is all about it is a mind-set that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.

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the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

I sat and achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status nearly 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it and I believe that is what it is all about it is a mind-set that should always be growing and developing ensuring that everything we do is done to the best of our ability.

Are you an author? by Jon Lever

As a regular writer of articles, hot topics, tips and ideas about the whole CPD and APC world I often wonder about the years of experience it has taken to make writing abouQuestions you can askt

these subjects relevant, any actually quite easy. Along with those years of experience comes the issue of how do you protect your intellectual property or the copyright of your written words…

It lends itself to interesting debate and I can often see myself getting a little hot under the collar when other plagiarise or assume something written by me is just open cheatingsource without often the courteous pause to check what they are doing is ethically correct.

Agreeably a lot of what I do produce I give away for free for the advantage of others but that always comes with the associated kickback of recognition for the author which is what it is often all about, developing a relationship and reputation with your readership.  In todays world, with the social media frenzy, it is so much easier to reach millions of readers..

Which is why the article on page 47 in the March edition of RICS Modus caught my eye as it was an interesting perspective on ‘copyright’ and worth a read.modus 2015

If you’re having trouble finding it on RICS Website drop a email to and he’ll forward it electronically to you.

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