**7 TOP tips** helping you to ‘Pass your RICS APC Final Assesment’

1 Become a member of RICS
Before you are eligible to start your APC, you can sign
up for free Student Membership of RICS and receive a
membership number which gives you instant access to
the RICS web site which contains a wealth of knowledge
and other membership services. When you start the APC
your status will change to ‘Trainee Surveyor’.
2 Understand the APC process
Get the RICS APC Guides from http://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 the RICS web site for details.

3 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 http://www.rics.org.

**Alert** DeLever Masterclasses Dates

20th July – APC Templates Explained – 6 DAYS LEFT 
 APC Templates Explained:  DeLever help you to understand what the APC Assessors are looking for in your APC Submission Documentation.  Tips on how to present your documentation effectively and get it right first time.  Assessors receive your documents in advance of meeting you at your final assessment interview so your submission documentation has to work hard for you and help the Assessors understand that you have delivered the requirements of the APC.

20th July – APC Competency Levels 1,2,&3  6 DAYS LEFT 

 APC Competency Levels 1,2&3:  Discussing how best to write your Level 1,2, & 3 competencies and how to answer questions appropriate to the level.
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12th Aug – APC Submission Templates and ARC
 APC Submission Templates and ARC: A focused Masterclass for candidates just about to finalise their submission documentation and upload it to the RICS online system ‘ARC’.  Understand how to best complete your documents ready for submission for your final assessment.  Ensuring you have considered what your document looks and feels like when you produce it electronically.  And finally, how to upload it to ARC.

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Remember I SPY? DeLever APC I-SPY

Ever wondered what questions you miQuestion Dice DeLever Harvey Taitght be asked at the RICS APC Final Assessment?

 I am always being asked, by candidates, for a list of Assessment questions?!
BUT there is NO SUCH list, of any use, as assessor questions are focussed on your submission documents!

 From my experience, candidates can be asked anything from around 80 to 100 questions in the interview hour!  

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

 DeLever has provided you with this fantastic solution!  RICS APC Harvey Tait

 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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  • NOTE: Assessors need at least 2 weeks notice to deliver this service.

If you want your feedback report prior to your APC Final Assessment please act in good time. Shorter timescales may be possible but subject to availability.
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RICS APC final assessment dates, locations & Pathways session 2 2015 – REMINDER

RICS APC final assessment dates, locations & Pathways session 2 2015
Thought this could be a guide you can print to remind you and colleagues.
(see bottom of update)

We have a couple of Mock interviews left :Mock Interviews
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London 25th October  – 4 places 

Building Control
Building Surveying
Built Infrastructure
Project Management 

Leeds     8th November – 3 places
Building Surveying
Quantity Surveying and Construction

APC Critical Dates for session 2 2015

DeLever Weekly Update and must have Tips for RICS APC Candidates

DeLever Weekly Update and must have Tips for RICS APC Candidates from Jon Lever FRICS &RICS Jon lever FRICSGoverning Council Member.

Over the last few weeks we have talked a lot about the final assessment and how best to prepare.  We have consolidated this into one page at myDeLever to give you the definitive guide on preparing for the final assessment. www.mydelever.com

Reducing your stress

Hopefully this guide will help you to keep calm, but if you need some extra ideas for dealing with stressed-student-revising-008the stress, here are some excellent tips for stress relief that works.


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Masterclass Recordings

Final Assessment

Covers how best to prepare for the final assessment, a step by step account of the APC interview and key tips for the final assessment.

£25 + VATWatch APC training on your time.

RICS Rules of Conduct 

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.

£25 + VAT

Professional Ethics 

The masterclass will give an overview of what ethics really means but specifically focus on group discussion around a number of ethical scenarios and how to spot the ethical question in the APC Final Assessment interview.

£25 + VAT

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APC Forum – FREE

Jon’s tips for the Final Assessment and how best to prepare.  The Forum will also feature

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Need help ?

an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

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Sign off – What is sign off?  

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APC Diary saves you over 60% admin time. Instantly experience logging on all mobile platforms.

Sign-off of your competencies is a new section we have built into the myAPCDiary to develop and enhance engagement between the candidate and their supervisor and counsellor.  From the supervisor and counsellor perspective we have made it simple to monitor and review each candidate you are overseeing and the sign-off is an opportunity to discuss and verify competency and level progress.
How do I electronically get things signed off? How do I sign off manually? 

As you may expect, you will need some evidence to sign-off so we have designed the myAPC Diary to manage the competency achievement through the Summary of Experience and the Sign-Off section.  As soon as you have written up your competency levels in the Summary of i_iPhoneExperience you may send an electronic request to your supervisor and counsellor to either review and confirm electronically or wait until you next meet and manually sign off progress.

The physical activity or requesting or signing off competency achievement is done in the simple to use Sign-Off section.

Tips 3 of 5 from Jon Lever FRICS for organising your time leading up to the final assessment plus FREE help.

Tips for organising your time leading up to the final assessment
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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

Mock Interview

Hour long mock interviews followed by fifteen minutes of feedback and online access to a recording of your mock.
The DeLever mock interview is as close to the real thing as we can make it. Practice the entire interview and receive feedback from the two assessors straight away.

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.

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. Practise 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.

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

Ned help ?

The Forum will also feature an APC process question and answer session and is run by Jon Lever FRICS.

Book your free place at http://www.delever.co.uk/apc-forum

APC Diary 

Our online myAPCDiary platform will allow a candidate to record all aspects of their APC program. IAPC_Diary_you_tube_covert will also provide all related supervisors and counsellors a means of tracking their assigned candidates, in a simple to use, and centralised location. All live, with the latest information.


Topping up Valuation Level 2 to Achieve RICS VRS



DeLever RICS APC Top Tips from Jon Lever FRICS

Did you know there is an option where you can pass your APC with your Valuation competency declaration at Level 2 and then TOP UP to Valuer Registration (Level 3) at a later date?

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, so what do I know about Land and Property Valuation and the Red Book..?

Well, the answer is NOT A LOT because it is not within my required pathway or skill set…!  BUT what I do know, in my roles as an RICS Training Advisor and RICS UK Licenced Assessor Trainer, is that I am still observing a substantial referral rate in the Valuation (Level 3) Competency area and I often have discussions with candidates who can adequately achieve Valuation Level 2 but lack the opportunity to gain Level 3 experience within their working environment, yet still want to declare it to Level 3 for their APC Final Assessment!  Stranger still, even in this situation candidates are willing to risk their chance of success by declaring Valuation to Level 3 in the hope that they can just maybe wing it at the Final Assessment!

I think it is worth reinforcing at this point that I am not saying don’t do Valuation to Level 3, but I am saying only do it if you can adequately well achieve the requisite experience, which I hope is common sense.  I have no hidden agenda or views on the pros or cons of VRS and remember I started this blog article with “I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, so what do I know…”.

STOP, PAUSE and CONSIDER the following… APC Assessors are trained by RICS to ensure anyone declaring Valuation Level 3 is correctly tested at Level 3, which means an in-depth discussion around real-life Valuations you have done and advised upon.  If you are successful at Final Assessment and can achieve Valuation Level 3 you will then automatically obtain VRS status. So, with the best will in the world, you CANNOT wing this assessment!

OK, so hopefully I have set the scene for where I want to go with this blog article…

What I do want you to realise is that there are OPTIONS available to you where you can declare Valuation to Level 2 and ACE your APC and if you want to become a Registered Valuer then you can do this as a TOP UP at a later date.  So if Valuation Level 3 is not where you are right now, then don’t try and kid yourself that you will pass the Final Assessment.  Of course there is another consideration here too and that is candidates often look at the APC Final Assessment as a time related right of passage, “I have achieved the minimum training period therefore I MUST BE READY for my Final Assessment…”.  Sadly this is all too often NOT the case and however hard it may seem to make the decision it is better to focus on competency achievement rather than time served.  So if you are declaring Valuation to Level 3 but you have not yet achieved it then defer your final assessment and plan a programme of experience gathering and improve your chance for success.

NOW this is the crux of this blog article, WHAT IS THE VRS TOP UP?  Well that is something I am also finding that a lot of people don’t know about, so I have been on a mission to find the relevant information and give you a link to it.  I am here to raise awareness and offer you the opportunity to review your options and ensure you can make a sensible and informed decision.

And I quote:
“RICS Valuer Registration Scheme and the APC:  Those qualifying for chartered membership after 1 January 2012 are required to meet the Valuation or Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets competency to Level 3 at Final Assessment to be eligible for the Registered Valuer title. If you did not achieve either competency to Level 3 after this date, you are required to undertake a further assessment in order to register. There are three key elements to the assessment:”

So here are the links to the key information:

RICS VRS: http://www.rics.org/vrs

RICS VRS TOP UP GUIDANCE:  http://www.rics.org/Global/Valuer%20Registration%20Assessment%20-%20Guidance%20for%20Candidates.pdf

Happy reading and I hope this small observation has been useful… My job is done and I’m off to count some bricks!

Kind regards




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