RICS APC Lifeline - Senior Professional Route

Posted on 25 / 07 / 18
by Jen Lemen

RICS APC Lifeline - Senior Professional Route

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 take a detailed look at the Senior Professional APC route. If you want to find out more, just request a copy of our new Senior Professional Ebook Guide.

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 is the senior professional route?

This route to qualification is suitable to those with leadership and management responsibilities, on top of relevant surveying experience.


Am I eligible?

You need to have either 10 years’ relevant experience or 5 years’ if you also hold a relevant undergraduate and post graduate degree (or equivalent professional qualification). The latter should be at master’s level or higher.


How do I apply?

After checking you are eligible, you will need to submit the senior professional route application form to the RICS. This includes details of your employment history, qualifications, chosen RICS pathway and senior profile statement (400 words). 

All of these, including your professional experience, should be related to your selected RICS pathway. This will be vetted by a review panel to ensure that your experience and responsibilities are appropriate for the senior professional route.


What should I include in my senior profile statement?

Your 400 word senior profile statement should focus on what you are doing (indicators) and how you are doing it (behaviours). You must also include an organisation chart or description of the organisation structure (in the context of your role).

You should demonstrate responsibility for the following indicators:

  • Leadership
  • Managing people (level, numbers)
  • Managing resources (extent, amount, type)

You should also detail the following elements of your career:

  • Position in organisation structure
  • Decision making (level, impact)
  • International dimension
  • Client base (type, profile)
  • Recognition from peers, media, professional bodies or industry stakeholders

You should also discuss how you demonstrate at least one of the behaviours:

  • Pursue opportunities to develop the industry and profession
  • Advocate best practice standards
  • Take responsibility to deliver professionalism
  • Act with integrity to promote responsible business

What is the assessment process?

Your APC assessment will comprise of three elements:

  • Online ethics module and test prior to submitting your final assessment submission
  • Final assessment submission (submitted via ARC), which comprises three case studies (1,000-1,500 words each) and your CPD record (20 hours in the last 12 months)
  • Final assessment interview, which lasts for 60 minutes and will focus on your submission and experience

If you want to find out more about how to write each component, just request a copy of our new Senior Professional Ebook Guide.


When do I submit my final assessment submission?

Land and Property - 15 to 28 February or 15 to 31 August

Built Environment - 15 to 31 March or 15 to 30 September


When will I sit my final assessment interview?

If you submit in the Spring, you will sit your interview in May or June. If you submit in the Autumn, you will sit your interview in October or November. You will receive notification of your interview date 3 weeks’ prior by email.


What will my final assessment interview include?

Your final assessment interview will last for 60 minutes. The interview structure is as follows:

  • 5 minutes - opening and introductions by the chairperson
  • 10 minutes - your presentation and personal introduction on your background and career path
  • 40 minutes - questioning from the assessment panel on your case studies, CPD, ethics, professional issues and wider experience
  • 5 minutes - concluding comments, including your opportunity to have the last word or clarify any previous responses

How will I be assessed?

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  • 50% - senior professional competencies and profile
  • 25% - mandatory and technical competencies
  • 25% - ethics and professionalism

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, 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 advice.