Jon Lever FRICS answers “Can you CHEAT at RICS APC to become Chartered ?”

Jon Lever FRICS answers “Can you CHEAT at RICS APC to become Chartered ?”

Firstly we couldn’t believe that this question was asked. Also to an RICS Assessor on the Governing Council !

Well, I asked him……

He shook his head. Looked up and answered..

According to Jon, you need to take it seriously. If you wish to cheat, fast track and are offered help to do this, then walk away. Point them at Ethics and conduct, its part of the Formal CPD.

Intro to Ethics – (Old version)

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This weeks ‘Guest Blog’ – Graduate Surveying Advice

On Friday 20 May, RICS Recruit hosted its very first Twitter Q&A on the topic of Graduate Surveying Advice.  Graduate Surveyors founder Shyam Visavadia answered questions from recent graduates around the globe.

What is the process for becoming registered as an RICS Surveyor?

It’s simple – just follow the ‘Which assessment is right for you?‘ online wizard.

Generally, you need to be employed to start your APC. My employer took responsibility for formally registering and paying for my membership. If you meet one of these criteria you can enrol now and start the process.

From a recent graduate: “I have an MBA from RICS SBE & a B Tech in Civil Engineering.
Should I do another course to help find a job?”  

Academic and practical work experience goes hand in hand. Employers are looking at how your academic knowledge can be transferable in the real world to create tangible value.

Where are the best places for students to find tips on applications?  

There are various sources you can use including LinkedIn and Job Board websites. RICS Recruit puts out a lot of great advice which can be found here.


Would you advise young graduates to look overseas for a graduate career, from your experience in the Middle East?

Definitely. I took my surveying career abroad within the first 18 months of starting my career. Make a plan to ensure the decision is in line with your long-term career aspirations. Remember the novelty of moving abroad can quickly diminish. You can find more information here.

What are the best avenues for networking events where you can get senior professional’s advice on careers?

For me, there were three key areas: career mentor, global LinkedIn network, and RICS Matrics.

What advice would you give to non-cognate degree holders who wish to pursue a career in QS/PM?

I actually came into the industry as a non-cognate. Whilst conducting work experience I registered myself onto an RICS accredited distance learning course.

Some employers actually sponsor non-cognate students. My employer sponsored me once I got a position on their Graduate Scheme – financially this was a great help.

How can I improve my social media profile to help with my job search? 

Having a good quality, professional and up to date profile picture and relevant content is key. You can find some of my top tips/advice here and here.

What is the best way to get a surveying job abroad?

There are a number of ways to get a surveying job abroad. I was employed by a global company and was fortunate to take up opportunities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. LinkedIn is a great platform to reach out to recruiters and employers abroad. You can also find surveying jobs around the globe on

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What’s the best way to answer ‘What is your present salary’ in a job interview?

It is important that you are honest. Employers and recruiters alike are totally aware of what the market is paying for someone with your experience. Be prepared – conduct market research, speak to recruiters, and review salary guidelines. The RICS and MacDonald & Company Rewards and Attitudes Survey is a great resource to find out the latest salary information.

Huge thanks to Shyam from Graduate Surveyors – LinkedIn profile
In 2011, Shyam founded ‘Graduate Surveyors’; an advice-focused platform for Generation Y professionals interested in pursuing a career in property, real estate, and construction. Today, Graduate Surveyors is a global brand attracting more than 2500+ followers worldwide. Shyam is an avid blog writer and networker, and this has led him to build strong relationships with influential policy makers and advocates.

‘Dealing with Referral’ on your RICS APC final assessment

Firstly, let’s get the stigma out of the way.  Referral simply means you have not demonstrated to the panel that you are ready for Chartered status.  It does not mean you are useless!

Jon Lever’s tips for  Referred candidates

It does mean that you will need to consider how you plan the next 6-month lead-in to your Final Assessment,
plus there is always an element of personal disappointment and negativity that I always try and enthuse referred candidates to turn into positive thinking and energy and refocus on the new final assessment goal ahead.

Please make sure you carefully consider your referral report which has been produced by the chairman of your referring assessment panel.  Currently, this report will be in your next submission pack so the next assessment panel will be expecting you to have taken on board all of the points it refers to where you were deemed deficient.

Take heart that the pass rate for referred candidates is normally substantially higher than the first time pass rate.

Lastly, please remember not to get caught out by the time scales as whilst the assessment dates are six months apart the actual time between receiving your referral report and having to reapply and resubmit your documentation is substantially less.

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12 September 2016
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22 September 2016
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●    Development Appraisals & Property Records –2pm-5pm
23 September 2016
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RICS expects candidates to be perfect in the final APC Interview? In other words, why would a candidate fail the APC?”

Jon Lever says … “I am often asked whether RICS expects candidates to be perfect in the final APC interview? In other words, why would a candidate fail the APC?”

Jon Lever’s advice on Why candidates may ‘fail’ the APC?

Firstly, 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!

A test of your understanding?
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:

Level 1 – Know the 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.

Level 2 – 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.

Level 3 – 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.

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.

A test of your professionalism
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.

Why could you be referred?
Unfortunately, candidates are mainly referred at the Final Assessment due to a lack of understanding of the process or their competencies, or through a lack of experience so they are unable to demonstrate their ability. If a candidate is unable to discuss at the final assessment the basics as laid down in the competencies, then the assessors will refer the candidate.  You would be surprised how many candidates come forward for assessment thinking 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 I am able to identify and demonstrate to these individuals the gaps they have in their knowledge and experience.

I achieved my APC Final Assessment and Chartered Status over 20 years ago and I am as proud today as the day I achieved it. I believe that success comes from hard work, being realistic about whether you are ready to take the final assessment, a positive attitude to continually grow and develop and try to always do everything to the best of your ability.

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Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop

Helps you get everything right for submission
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Intensive one-day workshop 12/13th March 2016 

The workshop clearly explains and helps you to understand what the assessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview. Jon Lever FRICS explain more below :

Benefits of attending the workshop

  • Understand what the assessors are expecting you to know and have done for each of your technical competencies

  • Understand how the mandatory competencies will be assessed

  • Understand how best to prepare for the final assessment

  • Understand how the final assessment will be structured and what to expect

  • Gain an appreciation of the Rules of Conduct and Professional Ethics and how they will be assessed

  • Experience how the assessors will ask competency, knowledge, experience, current affairs and rules of conduct and ethics questions


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Prepare prepare and prepare !

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.

Preparing for the Final Assessment

Preparing for the Final Assessment

If you bring a flip chart 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 to make sure that you practice to polish your performance and get your timings right.

Make sure you understand and know the RICS Rules of Conduct and Global Ethical Standards as they are one of the key areas of APC knowledge and experience that if you get wrong at the final assessment you will be referred. Make sure you have the latest version and discuss the Rules of Conduct and Ethics with your supervisor and counsellor at your 3 monthly meetings; you can probably record this as ‘formal learning’ in your CPD

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Jon Lever FRICS discusses typical submission document tips and pitfallsSend Jon your documents and he may pick examples and offer guidance for improvement
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DeLever Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop

DeLever Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop

Helps you get everything right for submission

Intensive one-day workshop

The workshop clearly explains and helps you to understand what the RICS APC training supportassessors will expect you to do, deliver and know for your final assessment interview.  

Lunch and refreshments are included as well as a bacon butty (or alternative) on arrival

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