Professional Development – This template is worrying me…!

qow2Firstly, take a deep breath…

As a general rule of thumb I would suggest you gently exceed the minimum requirement so a Grad 1 or 2 (48 hrs per year minimum) may record in the region of 65 to 75 hours a year and a Grad 3, Adapt 1, PER (20 hrs in the last 12 months) I would suggest 30 to 35 hours.

This shows keenness and willingness to exceed the minimum and this can only be seen in a good light to the assessors.  It also demonstrates a candidates understanding and willingness to continue developing their CPD going forward with the rest of their Chartered career.  Which can only be a good thing.

Flip side I have received documentation in the past with 630 hours in a single year which was where the candidate lumped in a load of education which in my view was vastly exaggerated and way over the top.  So in the light of that I was dubious about the candidate and why he thought the need to overcook this requirement quite so spectacularly…

Then there is the issue of remembering it all…!  Why not record a little more but record the quality and diversity of learning, the interesting ones that you can enthuse over and discuss at length.  Make sure your selection of learning covers elements within your declared competencies so you can record and demonstrate learning specifically in the level 1 competency descriptions in Template 6.

And lastly we don’t have much time in the interview so we will generally just dip into a couple of learning entries and verify with you that you have been there, done it and established some useful learning outcomes… Literally a couple of minutes discussion and then we will be moving on to other declared competency areas.

So, I think my overarching comment is don’t over do (or over think) template 4, professionalism, diversity of learning topics and learning types, currency of learning and don’t forget to shoehorn in some of the all important Rules of Conduct and Ethics (a lot of candidates seem not to do this).

Oh yes, and please please ready your client’s brief (candidate guide) and follow the requirements to the letter.

I hope this helps

Kind regards

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Should I use my iPad in the Final Assessment Interview


Is it acceptable to bring an IPad to aid your presentation?  I was thinking of loading photographs of my Critical Analysis project to aid my presentation, is this acceptable?




If you brought an iPad into my interview room (I am an APC Chairman of Assessors and train all the Assessors and Chairmen in the UK for RICS) I would ask you to turn it off as it has potential to record the interview which is not allowed.  Note, RICS do not electronically record the interview.

Consider the size of the iPad…  it is really only designed for personal use (A5 size) so therefore I assume you will not be bringing three of them (one for each assessor)!  Also the potential for it to go wrong and the battery die for example.

I think photos are a great idea but produce them in a neat little (hard copy) handout / booklet or similar and make sure they are colour, of good quality and annotated etc.  Don’t forget to being 4 copies, one for each assessor and one for you.

You may be interested to see the DeLever APC Masterclass recordings (as I delivered the Masterclass live last week) on the Final Assessment and How to write a good APC presentation.


I hope this helps

Kind regards


Professional Practice Skills Development and the APC

qow2Question:  “I am amalgamating my CPD hours for my APC submission next month and am concerned that I do not have enough for Professional Practice Skills Development. I have read the RICS codes of conduct documents etc available of the RICS website but these will not allow me to build up the required 16 hours”

Answer:  An interesting quandary but you are not alone as this is probably one of the hardest areas to gain Professional Development in.  Candidates are expected to focus on professional development over their whole training period but I do find more often than not it tends to be left a little bit last minute.  This is often down to poor supervisor and counsellor support and a general lack of awareness that the training period often disappears in a puff of smoke…

However, no point harping on about it as it does not solve your immediate problem, so here are some suggestions that will:

1. Read the RICS guide about how Rules of Conduct will be assessed at the APC.  This document outlines the range of Rules of Conduct documentation you would need to be aware of.

For example:
Rules for Members and Firms
The Help Sheets supporting the rules (there are lots)
The Policy documents for PII and regulation
Bribery Act
Surveying Safely
Equality Act
RICS Bye Laws
RICS Regulations
Practice management guide (edition 3)
Ombudsman Services Property Web site

Links to most of this you can find at
I have a mind map of the ethics and rules of conduct if you would like a copy, get in touch.

2. Attend or buy the recording of my two Masterclasses on Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics.  About 2 hours long each.  See:

3. Do the RICS ONLINE 1 hour ethics module for free at

4. Come along to the DeLever APC Lifeline workshop where we cover the whole final assessment preparation elements plus a couple of hours on rules of conduct and Q&A on the subject too

5. Read the about us section on the RICS website, that is relevant

6. Look at conflict avoidance, dispute resolution and client care

7. Come along to my FREE APC Forum online.  See:

I hope this helps

Kind regards


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