by Jen Lemen
RICS APC Lifeline - Top 5 Tips for Success on the 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.
We have already looked at the RICS APC Senior Professional Route and how to fill out your vetting form in a recent blog post. In this article, we will give you our top 5 tips for success on the RICS APC Senior Professional Route.
Still not sure about signing up? You can read what some of our recent successful candidates have to say here.
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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.
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.
What are our top 5 tips for success?
1. Get your vetting form right
Your vetting form will be submitted (in it's original format) alongside your final assessment submission. Make sure that it presents your role and experience in the best possible light, including the three senior profile indicators; leadership, managing people and managing resources.
These are a key element of your final assessment, essentially comprising 50% on the RICS assessment matrix. The other 50% is made up of 25% based on your technical and mandatory competencies and 25% based on your ethics and professionalism.
We can help by providing you with guidance to fill our your vetting form as part of our Monthly Mentoring support package.
2. Know your area of expertise
You will be assessed based on your experience and responsibilities. The RICS state that will take account of the fact that you will be in a leadership or managerial role and may not necessarily be dealing with day to day technical work.
However, we do recommend reading around the subject to ensure that you have sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge to demonstrate your competence across multiple areas. This forms 25% of your final assessment interview.
We can help to ensure you have the right knowledge base by providing structured reading and bespoke tutoring as part of our Monthly Mentoring support package.
3. Know your ethics
This forms the last 25% of your final assessment interview and is generally the only area in which you can automatically fail. There are many subtleties within the realm of ethics, many of which will have changed substantially over even just the last 5 years. Getting this area of questioning right first time will put you on the path to APC success.
We can discuss current industry and RICS stances relating to ethical dilemmas as part of our Monthly Mentoring support package. This will also help to ensure that you are providing your own clients and key stakeholders with the highest standard of professional service.
4. Time management
As a RICS APC Senior Professional candidate, we know that you will be busy with many demands placed on you from your day job alone. Fitting in your APC preparation will no doubt be difficult.
Effective time management is essential to fit in all the component parts of the APC process, e.g. drafting and finalising your submission in time, exploring the full breadth of the competencies and planning your structured revision.
We are here to make the process as easy as possible for you as part of our Monthly Mentoring support package. We allocate 2 hours of mentoring time each month to support you through the process. We find that this helps candidates to plan ahead and ensure that you are able to fit the APC into a busy work life.
5. Knowing what to do
Many Senior Professional candidates do not have the time (nor the will!) to understand the in-depth requirements of the RICS APC process. In our experience, this can lead to repeat deferrals of the process and anxiety about pursuing MRICS status.
We are here to guide you through the process from start to finish, ensuring that you meet key deadlines and requirements and are able to focus on what you do best as a Senior Professional.
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 financial or legal advice.