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RICS APC Lifeline – Session 1 2024 Update

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What is this week's blog about?


In this week’s blog, we take a look at important updates for the RICS APC assessment process in Session 1 2024. This is relevant for all UK RICS APC candidates.

If you are not based in the UK, then head to the RICS website to check the process for your specific world region.


What is the intent to sit form?


You must return the intent to sit form to be able to submit your final assessment documents and be provided with an interview by RICS. This applies to all candidates, including those on apprenticeship courses.


RICS will email this form out on the following dates:

  • Land & Property pathways – 9 January 2024

  • Built Environment pathways – 6 February 2024


RICS require responses back by the following dates:

  • Land & Property pathways – 1 February 2024

  • Built Environment pathways – 1 March 2024

We recommend ensuring that your email is recorded correctly on your online RICS assessment platform account.

If you do not receive the intent to sit email from RICS by the opening dates detailed above, then we recommend checking your spam and contacting RICS if you cannot find the email. Record these dates in your diary as failing to return the form means that you will not be able to submit for final assessment.

When do I need to submit for final assessment?


You can check your submission dates directly on the RICS website. We have not reproduced them in this blog in case they are amended by RICS – only ever rely upon information relating to deadlines from the RICS website. There is no leeway for late submission of either the intent to sit form or your final assessment submission.


The submission dates are not the same as in 2023 – they all open on a Monday, include one weekend and close at 1600 on a Thursday. This should allow you to contact RICS in good time, should any IT or technical difficulties occur.


Do note the closing time for the submission window, which is earlier than in 2023.


When will my interview be?


RICS have confirmed that APC final assessment interviews will commence from the following dates:

  • Land & Property pathways – 15 April 2024

  • Built Environment pathways – 13 May 2024


The approximate assessment windows are for 5 weeks, although this may be extended by RICS if higher than usual volumes of candidates apply for final assessment.


You will no longer be asked for your preference of assessment dates during the assessment window. As such, RICS are asking candidates not to book any holidays during the approximate assessment periods.


You will receive 2 weeks’ notice of your interview date and time, which should be on a weekday (i.e., Monday to Friday). If your interview is postponed by RICS, then they have confirmed that they will try to reschedule this as soon as possible.

In certain circumstances, you may be offered the option of an interview on a Saturday or during the early evening – you have the right to refuse this, however, if you are not comfortable with this.


Bonus! How do I know which pathway grouping my pathway falls under?


If you are not sure whether your pathway falls under Land & Property or the Built Environment, then just check the below lists.


Land & Property:

  • Commercial Property Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate

  • Corporate Real Estate

  • Environmental

  • Facilities Management

  • Geomatics

  • Land and Resources

  • Management Consultancy

  • Minerals and Waste Management

  • Personal Property/Arts and Antiques

  • Planning and Development

  • Property Finance and Investment

  • Residential

  • Rural

  • Valuation

  • Valuation of Businesses and Intangible Assets


Built Environment:

  • Building Control

  • Building Surveying

  • Infrastructure

  • Project Management

  • Quantity Surveying and Construction

  • Taxation Allowances



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

N.b. Nothing in this article constitutes legal, professional or financial advice.


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