Final Assessment and Competency Revision Workshop

Helps you get everything right for submission
(Don’t Forget to bring your documents to be reviewed !)

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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APC competency: a safe pair of hands

APC competencies, Kate Taylor explores the three levels of inspection competency and discusses how candidates can demonstrate their ability to assessors at final assessment.


 

First I need to make you aware of submitting  your documents, this can be the first step of getting it all wrong.  WE can help…

master class logoSubmission documents – get yours right  Understand how to best complete your documents ready for submission for the final assessment, also discusses common mistakes candidates make. Delegates can send in their submission documents beforehand and some will be picked at random for review during the masterclass.

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Inspection is a core competency for many of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (“APC”) pathways.
This is because inspection of property is a core – but often underestimated – skill for surveyors in a wide range of disciplines and assessors will want to test it rigorously.
In almost every surveyor function, from valuation to project management, accurate information gathering informs the inputs that the surveyor uses to make decisions and advise the client. Nothing happens in isolation and given that the assessors will take a holistic overview, experience, knowledge and skill in inspection are essential as a starting point for overall competence.

level1
All competencies are measured against specific descriptions articulated in the RICS APC Pathway Guides. To achieve level 1, candidates will need to know about different requirements for inspection and demonstrate an understanding of factors affecting the approach to inspection. In other words, knowledge of the information-gathering process that underpins competence.
At level 1, assessors will want to check that candidates have a good knowledge of key documents – particularly those produced by the RICS – and the law. For example, candidates should be familiar with the RICS guidance note Surveying Safely. Health and safety as a mandatory competency has significant crossover with inspection and assessors often take the opportunity to test two competencies at once, since they only have one hour to test around seven technical competencies (depending on the pathway) and 10 mandatory competencies.
A common pitfall is out-of-date level 1 knowledge of documents or the law, making it important for candidates not to rely on older editions of textbooks or university notes. For example, Surveying Safely was written in 2011, but has, to a certain extent, been overtaken by subsequent legislation, such as the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. It is imperative for candidates to stay up to date on health and safety by regularly looking at the HSE website.
A top tip is not to forget that, for most pathways, inspection knowledge at level 1 will include construction and defects. Whether a candidate has an understanding of how a property is built, how old it is and what may go wrong with it, is a good way for assessors to test the general property knowledge that forms part of the “surveyor sense”. Don’t underestimate the value of looking at construction sites for all classes of property or even watching programmes such as Grand Designs.
level2
Level 2 moves into the realm of practical application. At level 2, candidates need to demonstrate, with reference to specific examples, experience of undertaking inspections to gather information for various purposes. The information gathering will vary according to the purpose of the inspection and assessors will often test a candidate’s understanding of the context for the inspection. In other words: “why am I here?” and “what information do I need to collect?” This can include a discussion about the terms of engagement and level of service agreed with the client.
At level 2, inspection methodology is often questioned and can confuse candidates. A simple question such as “what did you do once you arrived at the property?” can cause panic and overthinking. What the assessor wants is the actual mechanics of the inspection described step by step in a logical fashion. A good way for candidates to do this is to describe the checklist used and reference RICS guidance, for example, HomeBuyer Report (4th edition) Practice Note Checklist. Candidates must remember to mention record keeping and note taking as a key part of the inspection.
A potential pitfall is not listening to the question and launching into a description of the due diligence carried out prior to inspection rather than the inspection itself.
A top tip is to focus on the inspection for the case study, as this inspection is likely to be probed more fully.
level3
Level 3 centres around providing reasoned advice to clients, adding value through skill and experience and making recommendations that enable clients to take decisions about property. This requires interpreting the information gathered and showing insight. Remember that in this context a client can be any stakeholder, ie, it could include the candidate’s team members.
The candidate must describe the format of the advice given, what the advice was, the reasons for that advice and what the client did with it. For example, the advice may have formed part of a written report, which suggested seeking specialist advice because something was observed that may have constituted contamination and the client acted on that advice by employing a chartered environmental surveyor to protect its interests. Contamination can be a good area of more complex reasoned advice. Candidates should ensure that they have read the RICS guidance note – Contamination, the Environment and Sustainability – use the appropriate language and don’t overstep their area of competence

APC Explained Masterclass This helps candidates to understand what needs to be done to achieve the APC, including a walk-through of the DeLever APC process timeline and myAPC Diary with an explanation of what to do at each key milestone: www.delever.com

Timeline wallchart An A2 pictorial view of the whole APC process, based on the RICS guides and Jon Lever professional knowledge and experience of the APC. It can be used to track progress. Free copies available at: www.delever.com

DeLever APC PER Training CourseDeLever are very happy to announce our latest offering specifically for Professional Experience Route Candidates.  Feedback from PER candidates suggests they are finding this route is a lot more demanding than they thought it would be. DeLever are here to support and guide you through the process.  With our expertise and regular monthly training, you’ll have all the support you need.

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