APC Final Assessment: What is the 80:20 Split in the assessment?

qow2Question:

I have my final assessment in July (date TBC).  We have been told that the content of the final assessment interview for PER is to be 80% based upon the content of our submissions, my question is, ahead of the workshop, can anybody give me any pointers on what to revise for the other 20%?

Answer:

PLEASE NOTE:  APC PER, Grad 1, 2, 3 & Adaptation 1 ALL have the similar percentage breakdown.

The 80:20 split is often quoted…  To tell the truth often the break between the two is not really that noticeable….

But, to give you some general guidance….

80% is on your declared competencies that you have clearly noted in your submission.  INCLUDING Mandatory Competencies and not forgetting the up to date knowledge (Level 1) and the REAL LIFE experience examples (Levels 2 & 3).

20% is on more general items such as Rules of Conduct, Ethics, Current Affairs, Latest BUZZ in the industry, awareness of the Institution, Your personal opinion on industry issues and trends (relevant to your pathway) etc.  A lot of this can be picked up from RICS Modus, Industry Journals and your professional Group pages on the RICS web site.

And that is about it… Hope this helps.

Kind regards
Jon

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Accredited Degree, leading to APC. Who? What? When?

qow2Question:

“I have already completed a degree in Business Computing BSc Hons.  Now I would like to become a building surveyor.  I am fully aware there are many pathways in and I also know I need to complete a Masters degree now to become accredited.  Just looking for some information on how I go about the APC and when do I need to start this?  I hope to start the ‘Masters’ in September 2013. I look forward to hearing from you all”.

 

Answer:

Hi there, you have a number of options, most of which relate to relevant surveying experience.

I’ll attempt to summarise:

1. Accredited degree or a first degree in anything but topping it up with an accredited masters. 

If you have little or no surveying experience you will likely do Graduate Route 1 (minimum 2 years training) which you can start at the same time as your Masters and run the two in parallel.  Just check with your Masters provider and also the enrolment team at RICS.

NOTE:  the Masters and APC minimum 2 year period coincide at the final assessment and dissertation so my advice is to finish the Masters and do the APC final assessment 6 months later. 

If you have some surveying experience you will still be limited by education and the future the achievement of the Masters so I would still advise you to go with Graduate Route 1 in this instance.

Also the Masters does have a diploma level I believe (excuse me if I have the terminology wrong) but basically the Masters without the dissertation.  RICS will accept the diploma level as access to enrolment too, but again check with the Masters provider and RICS enrolment team.

2. Professional Experience Route

If you have a first degree and it does not really matter what in AND 5 YEARS POST DEGREE experience in the type of surveying you wish to do you can enrol on the PER.  This is a relatively new route but may provide you with an opportunity.

Just make sure though it is relevant experience and I would remind you this IS NOT an easier option as you still have to sit the APC Final Assessment and it is very important to provide the correct submission papers just like the Graduate Route candidates have to.

So, there you have it.

All the various links to all the routes are available on the RICS web site and I have produced a simple one click navigator at www.apccentre.com/links… list 2.0

I also provide online FREE APC Forums once a month that you can come and ask questions (live) and you can register for those at www.delever.com/apcforumonline

Also you can find key dates for enrolment on the RICS web site or at www.apccentre.com on the home page download my useful APC Info sheet.

Hope this helps

Kind regards

Jon