RICS APC Lifeline - All About your Final Assessment Submission

Posted on 13 / 07 / 17
by Jen Lemen

RICS APC Lifeline - All About your Final Assessment Submission

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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 or simply seeking engaging CPD.

Our RICS APC Lifeline blog series aims to equip you with the information, knowledge and skills to pass your APC with flying colours.

With Session 2 submission dates coming up in August, September and October (depending on your route to qualification), this article will help you check that you are on the right path with your documentation.

Future blog articles will explore the final assessment submission in further depth, e.g. how to write your summary of experience, how to structure your case study.

If you have any concerns, just call us on 07491 252 025 or email jen@property-elite.co.uk for your free & friendly 30 minute APC consultation.

Remember, you can also listen to the audio version of the blog.

Why is this relevant?

Your RICS APC final assessment submission is the first item that your assessors will see - helping them to form that vital first impression. It also provides the basis of your interview - your assessors' questioning will concentrate upon the experience you write about.

It's definitely worth putting the effort in to provide a professional, complete and comprehensive document - it'll give you a head start on your assessment day.

When do I need to submit by?

Final assessment:

  • Land & property - 15-31 August 2017
  • Built environment - 15-30 September 2017

Prelim review:

  • Land & property - 15-30 September 2017
  • Built environment - 15-31 October 2017

Senior professional:

  • 15-31 August 2017

How do I submit?

Newly enrolled candidates submit using ARC. There are transitional arrangements in place for existing and referred candidates using the MS Word-style templates.

What does my RICS APC submission need to include?

  • Candidate details
  • Summary of experience
  • Case study
  • CPD record
  • Ethics certificate

What is the summary of experience?

This tells the assessors about your experience. Depending on your choice of competencies, you will need to attain one of three levels:

  • Level 1 - knowledge and understanding. This is all about explaining what you know, through your university studies, distance learning, work experience or CPD activities
  • Level 2 - application of knowledge and understanding. This goes one step further and requires practical examples of how you have applied what you have learnt
  • Level 3 - reasoned advice and depth of knowledge. This is the pinnacle of demonstrating competence and requires you to have given reasoned advice or professional recommendations to clients. You should be self-sufficient with minimal supervision, i.e. a safe, professional and competent pair of hands. This will require you to explain specific examples in your final assessment

You have 1,500 words for mandatory competencies and 4,000 for technical competencies - approximately 150-200 words per level per competency. When it comes down to it - this isn't much, so you'll need to write succinctly and coherently.

What is the case study?

3,000 words on a project you've been involved within the past 2 years. Read more here about choosing the right project for you.

What is the CPD record?

CPD is extremely important, and not just for the RICS APC - it is an essential part of being a Chartered Surveyor and will boost your career prospects in the long-term.

The RICS require you to undertake and record a minimum of 48 hours per year, of which at least 50% must be formal. This entails structured learning relevant to your specialism, generally with an assessment at the end or involving interaction with others in a formal setting.

If you are undertaking your structured training concurrently with the final year of an accredited degree, then some of this study time can count towards your CPD.

Ensure you record learning outcomes and sufficient detail within your CPD record. Remember, in the final assessment interview you may be questioned about your CPD - so know what you have done and remember the key points.

How to get it right first time!

  • Proof read - again and again
  • Make sure it's your own work - RICS have a system called Turnitin to check for plagiarism
  • Don't miss the deadlines
  • Make it neat, professional and coherent
  • Ensure you submit physical signatures from your proposer and two seconders - at least one must be FRICS and no more than two may be from your employer
  • We've also got more top tips for you here...

If you've been referred - don't panic. Read our blog article on what to do and how we can help.

Want to know more?

  • Contact us on 07491 252 025 / jen@property-elite.co.uk for your free & friendly 30 minute RICS APC consultation
  • Get us to check your final assessment submission before it's too late

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