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All About the End Point Assessment for Surveying Apprentices

Updated: Oct 28, 2023



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What is this week's blog about?


In this week’s blog, we take a look at the end point assessments for level 3 and 6 surveying apprentices.


What is an apprenticeship?


New Trailblazer apprenticeships were introduced following the Richard Review in 2012.


They are an excellent way to combine working, studying and a professional qualification (AssocRICS or MRICS) for motivated individuals of any age.


Apprenticeships allow you to:

  • Gain transferable skills

  • Secure a long-term role

  • Progress your career, including gaining an industry-recognised qualification as the end point assessment

  • Allow you to study whilst earning

  • Avoid needing a student loan or to pay tuition fees


Watch the below to find out more about why you might want to choose a surveying apprenticeship.



How can I find an apprenticeship?


Head to either of the below as a starting point:


Who can become an apprentice?


  • Anyone over 16 years

  • Located in England (different processes and rules apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

  • In paid employment for the duration of their apprenticeship


Who is involved in an apprenticeship?


  • Apprentice

  • Employer

  • University or college (training provider)

  • RICS for end point AssocRICS or APC assessment

  • Any extra support, such as that provided by Property Elite to help you succeed first time


Which apprenticeships exist for surveyors?


There are three levels of apprenticeships for surveyors; level 3, level 4 and level 6. You can search for detailed information on each via the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education website. The RICS also provide more information for employers here.


Level 3 is equivalent to A levels, whilst Level 6 is at degree-level (either undergraduate or postgraduate).


Each apprenticeship has an end point assessment (EPA), i.e., assessment for a professional qualification. The EPA for Level 3 and Level 4 is AssocRICS, whilst for Level 6 it is the APC (MRICS).


Level 3 apprenticeships typically take 2 years, with funding of £9,000 available.


The Level 3 apprenticeships are as follows:

  • Surveying technician

  • Geospatial survey technician


The following sector-specific pathways are available for Level 3 surveying technician apprenticeships:

  • Building Surveying

  • Commercial Property

  • Land

  • Planning and Development

  • Project Management

  • Quantity Surveying

  • Residential Property

  • Valuation


There are two Level 4 apprenticeships, which also have the EPA as AssocRICS:

  • Construction quantity surveying technician – 36 months and £8,000 funding available

  • Land referencer – 30 months and £14,000 funding available


Level 6 apprenticeships typically take 60 months for an undergraduate degree or 30 months for a postgraduate degree. The degree achieved will always be RICS accredited. There is funding of £27,000 available.


The Level 6 apprenticeships are as follows:

  • Chartered surveyor

  • Geospatial mapping & sciences


The following sector-specific pathways are available for Level 6 chartered surveyor apprenticeships:

  • Building Surveying

  • Quantity Surveying and Project Management – aligning to the APC pathways for Quantity Surveying & Construction and Project Management

  • Property – aligning to the APC pathways for Corporate Real Estate, Commercial Real Estate, Land and Resources, Planning and Development, Residential, Rural, and Valuation


When should apprentices enrol on the EPA?


Apprentices should become student members of RICS within 3 months of starting their apprenticeship course. This can be done via the RICS website.


RICS then recommend the following timeframes for enrolment on the various EPAs:



Further guidance on enrolment can be found here.


How does the APC EPA work?


The EPA for Level 6 apprenticeships is the APC, allowing apprentices to qualify as MRICS, i.e., a chartered surveyor.


Apprentices will spend around 60 months on their apprenticeship programme (including a minimum of 20% off-the-job training) before they proceed to the gateway stage.


The gateway stage is a form that apprentices, their employer and their training provider complete and which is then sent to RICS (via the training provider using ACE360). It confirms that the apprentice has evidenced a number of requirements to be eligible to proceed to the EPA.


This includes completion of:

  • English/mathematics at Level 2

  • An RICS accredited degree

  • A summary of experience portfolio, which mirrors the RICS APC 24 month (400 day minimum) structured training requirements. This is not directly assessed but is used during the final interview


Once the gateway stage is passed, apprentices typically have 8-12 months to complete the EPA.

The EPA includes three assessment methods:

  • Online test (Professionalism Module)

  • Final submission, including case study and CPD record (plus above summary of experience)

  • Interviews – one on the case study (20 minutes) and one on the summary of experience (40 minutes)


This mirrors the ‘standard’ RICS APC structured training route submission and interview requirements. Candidates submit their work to RICS in the usual way. You can read our other blog articles to find out more about all of these elements!


How does the AssocRICS EPA work?


The EPA for Level 3 apprenticeships is AssocRICS.


The gateway stage is a form that apprentices, their employer and their training provider complete and which is then sent to RICS. It confirms that the apprentice has evidenced a number of requirements to be eligible to proceed to the EPA.


This includes completion of:

  • English/mathematics at Level 2

  • A Level 3 Diploma

  • 21 months’ relevant work experience

  • A record of a minimum of 48 hours’ CPD, undertaken during the last 12 months


Once the gateway stage is passed, apprentices can then complete the EPA. This is a written only assessment, comprising a case study, summary of experience, CPD record and Professionalism Module.


This again mirrors the ‘standard’ RICS AssocRICS submission requirements. Candidates submit their work to RICS in the usual way. You can read our other blog articles to find out more about how this works in practice.


How can we help?


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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