RICS APC Lifeline - Top 10 Preliminary Review Tips

Posted on 07 / 08 / 18
by Jen Lemen

RICS APC Lifeline - Top 10 Preliminary Review Tips

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 discuss our top 10 tips for succeeding at preliminary review.

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 preliminary review?

Candidates who are not required to undertake structured training will have to undergo preliminary review, e.g. if you don't have an RICS accredited degree, you have over 5 years experience or you do not have support from your employer. 


What is the purpose of preliminary review?

To ensure that your submission meets the requirements and standards of the RICS APC process. 


What are our top 10 tips for success in your preliminary review?

  1. Proof reading - use friends, family, colleagues and your supervisor and/or counsellor to proof read your submission. Ensure that you submit a highly professional report which complies with the RICS requirements.
  2. Examples - ensure you include 2-3 practical examples for each competency at levels 2 and 3.
  3. Word counts - ensure you stick to the specified word counts. 1,500 for the mandatory competencies, 4,000 for the technical competencies and 3,000 for the case study. Don't go over these by even one word!
  4. Case study date - ensure this was undertaken in the last 24 months. Ideally, it would have been undertaken in the last 6-12 months in case you are referred at final assessment, as this may avoid you having to resubmit a completely new case study. 
  5. CPD - ensure you record sufficient hours, i.e. 48 hours for the last 12 months, of which at least 50% must be formal.
  6. Hot topics - ensure you mention any hot topics relevant to your area of practice within your Summary of Experience, e.g. MEES in Sustainability, RICS Property Measurement (2nd Edition) and the amended 2017 money laundering guidance.
  7. Reasoned advice - at level 3, ensure you discuss how and why you gave reasoned advice to your clients. Without this, you are unlikely to demonstrate anything past 'doing', i.e. level 2.
  8. Ethics - try to demonstrate your ethical actions and behaviour within a variety of competencies, as well as your case study. 
  9. Case study topic - ensure that this covers a range (but not necessarily all) of your technical competencies at level 3, through 2-3 key issues. Make sure that you discuss the solutions you considered and good reasons for rejecting options. 
  10. Submission dates - ensure you check the submission dates for the preliminary review, as these are different to the assessment dates for the final assessment. 

How will I be assessed? 

You can read more about the assessment process by looking at the Preliminary Reviewer Guide and Feedback Report


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.