RICS APC Lifeline - Top 5 RICS APC Revision Tips

Posted on 12 / 03 / 19
by Jen Lemen

RICS APC Lifeline - Top 5 RICS APC Revision Tips

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Property Elite’s sole aim is to build better property professionals - supporting your career every step of the way, whether you are completing a RICS accredited degree course, your RICS APC/AssocRICS or simply seeking engaging CPD.

This week, we give you our top 5 tips to revise for your RICS APC this Spring. You can also listen to the audio version of our blog.

If you are planning to sit your RICS APC/AssocRICS this Spring, you'll want to have your preparation well under way. We've got lots of candidates already signed up to support their Spring 2019 RICS APC submissions - in our experience, the earlier you seek additional support, the better chance you have of RICS APC success!

If you've been referred previously - don't panic. Just email a copy of your referral report to jen@property-elite.co.uk for some free advice on what to do next.

Not sure about signing up? You can read what some of our recent successful candidates have to say here. We work with candidates across all RICS APC and AssocRICS pathways, routes to assessment and geographic regions.

If you have been referred or want to discuss your RICS APC, contact us on 07804 642 825 or email rachel@property-elite.co.uk - we offer every candidate a free & friendly 30 minute RICS APC consultation.

1. Start with a clear head

Once you have submitted your RICS APC final assessment via ARC, take a few days and step away from your submission. Give yourself some breathing space and then come back to the start of the revision and preparation process with a clear head.

2. Put together an action plan

Plan early and plan well - don't leave your revision until the last minute before your RICS APC final assessment interview. You only receive notification of your assessment date 3 weeks' prior, although you can roughly plan your preparation based on the priority of assessment dates you submitted to RICS via ARC.

We recommend putting together an action plan for your revision based on 1-2 weeks of wider reading around your competencies, followed by focussed revision on 2-4 competencies per week. You might like to combine complimentary mandatory and technical competencies each week, eg. Health & Safety and Inspection, to make the most of your revision time.

Spreading out your revision over a longer period means that you can break it down into more manageable blocks. We think it's much more effective to spend an hour or two each day revising, rather than spending all weekend revising and then forgetting everything you learnt during the week.

We recommend starting with the competencies you feel least confident about, as you can then come back to them at the end if you have sufficient time. We also recommend starting and finishing with ethics, as this is the only area you can automatically be referred on at your final RICS APC assessment interview.

If you are struggling to put together your own action plan, why not take advantage of our free 30 minute RICS APC consultation and let us help you put one together? Just email jen@property-elite.co.uk with your draft and we will be happy to help.

3. Read as widely as you can

Wider reading and market awareness is essential for RICS APC success. It's not just about University level/knowledge-based revision, which would only hit Level 1. You need to ensure that you can relate your experience and knowledge to the wider industry, showing how market conditions and what you observe or note in relation to a property affects your reasoned client advice.

We recommend reading around your competencies and experience using a variety of sources, e.g. podcasts, articles (e.g. law firms, blogs, market commentary, property press), newspapers (we really like daily email newsletters from the big news corporations as a good way to keep up with what's happening in the market), market reports.

If you want any ideas on what to read or listen to (e.g. podcasts), just email jen@property-elite.co.uk and we'll be happy to help.

4. Be familiar with your submission

In the later weeks of your revision, make sure what you learn is more and more specific to your submission. It's essential to know your experience inside out and be able to relate it to any questions asked by your RICS APC assessors. In our experience of assessing, not knowing your submission and the examples you have included is a common reason for being referred.

An excellent way to ensure that you are familiar with your submission is to sign up for an APC Question Pack from Property Elite. We will provide you with a set of potential questions you could be asked, providing invaluable advice from current RICS APC assessors.

The questions will cover all elements of your submission (e.g. summary of experience, CPD record and case study) and currently run to over 30 pages / 1,000 questions. Sign up here and use your APC Question Plan to plan your revision effectively.

5. Practice makes perfect

As well as your own revision, we recommend undertaking as many mock interviews and Q&A sessions as you can. These could be with colleagues, friends, family or Property Elite.

We provide e-mock interviews which are a cost and time effective way of ensuring you are well prepared for your final assessment interview. They are conducted using Skype/FaceTime/Appear.In and you will face a 1 hour interview with 1 or 2 current RICS assessors, structured exactly as your real interview will be.

You'll then receive 30 minutes of detailed feedback on the day (15 minutes before on interview and presentation technique, 15 minutes after to discuss your interview), followed up by a written action plan so you can prepare effectively for your final assessment. Sign up here and plan your revision effectively before availability becomes limited closer to the assessment dates.

How can we help?

  • Sign up for a complimentary copy of our Ebook Guide to the APC (UK and MENA editions)/AssocRICS/Senior Professional Route/FRICS, together with our updated APC Hot Topic Guide - full of even more helpful advice and tips to pass your RICS APC or AssocRICS with flying colours first time
  • Sign up for our bespoke support services, such as our final assessment review & feedback service, RICS APC question packs (around 1,000 questions/30 pages based on your submission), e-mock interviews and revision quizzes. Don't forget that we offer some great value discounted packages if you purchase more than one support service
  • If you're confused about anything, just contact us on 07804 642 825 / rachel@property-elite.co.uk. We offer all candidates a free & friendly 30 minute RICS APC consultation

Not sure about signing up? You can read what some of our recent successful candidates have to say here.

Stay tuned for our next blog post to help build a better you

N.b. nothing in this article constitutes legal or financial advice.