APC Final Assessment Advice from Jon Lever FRICS

Jon Lever’s advice:
The Final Assessment

  It is a good idea to treat your panel as if you were attending a progress meeting with a client, be on your best professional behaviour, have your client’s interest foremost in your mind and be able to explain and discuss yourself professionally and succinctly.

At the APC Final Assessment a candidate must convince a panel of professional Chartered Surveyors that they are a ‘Safe Pair of Hands’ and should they achieve their Chartered Status and set up their own 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 where a successful candidate demonstrates to other Chartered Surveyors that they are competent and can be trusted to be professional. Continue reading

APC Final Assessment Revision help from DeLever

About now candidates for the 2017 Session 1 RICS APC are in three categories.

1/ I cant do this !!! I am not ready.

2/ I am ready and confident.

3/ I will get there but I need to do some more, plan is in place.

Whichever one you are, there is always a chance that you will need reassurance.

Referral :

Let’s get “Referral” out of the way. It is not a failure and never beat yourself over it. It is retriable with some guidance.


Jon Lever FRICS and DeLever Ltd have been helping candidates pass for over 15 years at a pass rate of over 85% of those taking our coaching and training.

I asked Jon, “what questions are asked at the Final Assessment?” He is always asked, by candidates, for a list?

‘There is NO SUCH list, of any use, as an assessor questions are focussed on your submission documents! (Look at APC ISPY)From our experience, candidates can be asked anything from around 80 to 100 questions in the interview hour!

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 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.

The Rules of Conduct and Ethics are one of the key areas of APC knowledge and experience that, if you get wrong at the final assessment, you will be referred. Check that you have the latest version and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor.

Still, unclear let’s give you some help?

How would you like to get a step ahead in your preparation for your assessment interview?


We are delighted to introduce our APC i-Spy service where our Expert APC Coaches (all active assessors) will review your Final Assessment Submission documents and write you a list of questions they would identify, from their assessing experience, and based upon your actual, real, unique APC submission documentation.

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What’s next, a MOCK Interview.

This will be harder or as severe as the real APC Final Assesment.

Mocks are a 60 minute APC mock interview with real and current APC assessors, followed immediately by a 15-minute feedback critique.

They are selling out quickly, London, Harrogate or East Midlands.

Don’t wait as you’ll not get the location you want. 

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How about the Presentation format and help for the final assessment. Jon has put together what he would expect to see. Click here


Final Free Stuff, we about helping you.

Join the APC 101 What’s app group. It is about to evolve.

Email harvey@delever.com and tell us where you are in the process, so you go in the right group. IE Route, Pathway and session details. We will add you to the email APC Update for more free tips and help.

It has 3-4 assessors, plus Jon Lever and candidates in the same place you are. Ask your questions instantly. It is a problem fixer if you get stuck.

Final Tip to success read the E-magazine APCEye it is full of free help and tips.



Good Luck, relax, and you will be fine. Get inspired listen to music, shout, clap for a minute. Laughter yoga watch below! I dare you to not smile


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Our popular APC Forum is an excellent Q&A opportunity

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You really do need to get the free APC Timeline to keep you on track and buy a copy of the golden goose Revision Guide for the commercial property pathway. Follow our blog and connect to Jon Lever FRICS on LinkedIN as we will be publishing a chapter on measurement.

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The myAPCDiary is great – the diary entries are easy to record and it is really useful to see which competencies I need to spend more time on.  It is going to be so much easier compiling my final submission documents.”  Madeline Tucker July 2015

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What Training is coming from DeLever for RICS APC Candidates

Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop – Helps you get everything right

An intensive one-day workshop which clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview. Training
19th September 2015, East Midlands Airport, 8am – 7pm, Quantity Surveying and Construction

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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. only £25 + VAT

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Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

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