RICS APC Lifeline - New Referral Guidance

Posted on 17 / 07 / 18
by Jen Lemen

RICS APC Lifeline - New Referral Guidance

Building a better you 

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 will look at the recent changes to the resubmission procedure if you have been referred.

If you are an RICS APC candidate, be sure to check out our RICS APC support services, including question packs, revision quizzes and mock interviews. 

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

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.

What happens if I have been referred?

If you were unsuccessful last session, you will be able to download your referral report from ARC within 21 days of receiving your result. You will also receive an email notification.

Make sure you download a copy of your referral report as it may subsequently become unavailable when ARC is re-opened for you to record your ongoing experience.

We then recommend that you read our original referral blog for what to do next. However, you will need to be aware of some key changes for Session 2 2018.

What has changed for Session 2 2018?

From 1 August 2018, all referred candidates will sit their next assessment on a level playing field to first time candidates.

This means that you will not have to declare that you have been referred when re-submitting for assessment. You will now effectively be a 'first time' candidate at each subsequent assessment.

How does this affect my new submission?

When you resubmit your final assessment documents, you will not need to include your referral template or referral report. 

Whether you are using ARC or are an in flight candidate using the Word document templates, you will simply need to update your original submission to tackle the concerns outlined in your referral report. Previously, you would have needed to submit a referral template in addition to your original submission. 

Do I still need to update my CPD record?

Yes, you will need to do this on ARC or on your Word document template if you are an in flight candidate. This will cover the period between your referral and next APC assessment.

Do I need to have my new submission signed off by my Counsellor?


When do I need to submit for Session 2 2018?

Land and Property - between 15 to 31 August 2018

Built Environment - between 15 to 30 September 2018

The RICS will not grant any extensions if you meet these deadlines, so ensure you prepare your amended submission, Counsellor sign off and Proposer and Seconder form well in advance. 

We are already busy working with both first time and referred candidates with a current turnaround time of 5 working days, so make sure you book in your RICS APC support without delay.

How can we help?

  • Sign up for a complimentary copy of our Ebook Guide to the APC (UK and MENA editions)/AssocRICS or our new 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 advice.