Get the most out of your three monthly meetings

Get the most out of your three monthly meetings
Your supervisor and counsellor will play a vital role in your success at final assessment.  If they are engaged with you, really test your understanding and only sign off your competency experience when you are ready, this will really help you to be thoroughly prepared for the final assessment.
Get the most out of your three monthly meetings with your supervisor/counsellor
  1. Review your experience with your supervisor and counsellor weekly (daily is too frequent) and allocate the weekly project experience to the relevant days (or half days).
  2. Only allocate one competency reference per competency day (or half day).
  3. Book the three month meetings well in advance and ensure all parties are aware of the dates and are reminded to attend.
  4. One week before each three month meeting submit your completed (up to date) documentation and templates to your supervisor/counsellor for review prior to the meeting.
  5. Make sure you chair each three month meeting.
  6. Make sure you minute the meeting and record action points.
  7. At the beginning of each meeting give a your supervisor/counsellor half hour review of what you have achieved since the last meeting and the competency levels you would like to be considered for sign off.
  8. Your supervisor/counsellor will either sign off the relevant competency levels, or if they feel the level is not quite complete, defer the sign off to the next three month meeting.
  9. Write up the meeting minutes within 7 days of the meeting and confirm them as a correct record of events at the next meeting.
  10. Make sure that you monitor and manage the action points from the meeting.
Don’t forget the three month period is a timeframe suggested by RICS as a minimum period within which to formalise the process.  There is nothing stopping you meeting more regularly if you feel that is appropriate.
DON’T FORGET to keep your documentation up to date
Your meetings with your supervisor and counsellor will be meaningless if you don’t give them up to date documents to review.  It is hard to know whether you are on track if your diary and log book are not up to date. It is a good idea to write up your diary and log book weekly, including a detailed description regarding your experience.  We suggest writing a sentence or two for each diary entry, sufficient to remind you about what you were doing. This will help you identify any competency experience where you are deficient. Don’t forget to discuss ways to tailor your experience to fill the gaps with your supervisor and counsellor.  Your diary is an important document and may be requested by your APC assessment panel, so make sure you keep it up to date.

Jon Lever’s FRICS advice for starting your RICS APC journey the right way …

Jon Lever’s advice for starting  your RICS APC the right way …

Understand the APC Process
Get the RICS APC Guides from www.rics.org. Make sure that you have read and fully understand them as about a quarter of the candidates I have assessed have in part been referred because they don’t properly understand the APC process.  You should be reading them at least once every 3 to 4 months.  Candidates from outside the UK also need to check the differences in the APC for their world region, see theRICS web site for details.
Get a relevant job
You can only start your APC if you are employed in a relevant surveying role, gaining the experience expected for the pathway you intend to follow.  It is also beneficial if your employer is committed and willing to provide you with a Structured Training Plan.  RICS Training Advisors(RTA) can assist and advise employers regarding any aspect of the APC process.  Find your RTA at www.rics.org.
Get a supervisor and counsellor
Depending on your APC route, you will need a supervisor and/or a counsellor to mentor you through the APC process. Whilst it is vitally important for you to take responsibility for your APC and career, a supervisor and/or counsellor should advise, guide and support you. Make sure they have the relevant, up to date APC Guides and that they are aware of their role and responsibilities. They should be supporting you with guiding you towards the correct experience, monitoring your progress and signing off your competency achievement.
Understand the competencies
At the final assessment you will need to demonstrate to the assessors that your full and detailed understanding (Level1) of each declared competency has enabled you to seek out and gain experience (Level 2) and the opportunity to advise (Level 3). The APC Guides provide explanation of the competency requirements / options for each pathway. Your supervisor and counsellor should help you interpret each competency and discuss the experience available to help you achieve your competency goals. If you have questions about the specific competencies that you and/or your supervisor and counsellor are unsure about then you could contact and discuss your queries with an RICS APC Mentor from your pathway.
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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.


level3
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.

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