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RICS APC Lifeline – New RICS APC Pathway Guides

Updated: Apr 17

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What is this week's blog about?


In this week's blog, we take a look at the newly published RICS APC pathway guides.


What’s new?


RICS have published a new overall RICS APC pathway guide and individual sector-specific pathway guides on their website.


Keep checking the RICS website as some of the new pathway guides are still in their old format, although the new summary guide confirms the changes that have been made (and assumably the new sector-specific pathway guides will be uploaded soon).


We are also awaiting confirmation as to the position on the AssocRICS pathway guides, which are not currently available to download on the RICS website.


There are mostly minor, but some major, changes throughout, so read on…


What has changed in the overall pathway summary guide?


RICS have updated the table on pages 41-49 (Competency List and Descriptors) to cross reference the various pathways against the full list of technical competencies. Rather than just having a tick next to the applicable competencies, the guide now adopts a colour-coded (optional or core technical) and numerical (level achievable) format.


This makes it far easier to understand which competencies you may select within your specific pathway. You will need to download your sector-specific pathway guide, e.g., for QS&C or FM, to check which technical competencies you can select and to what levels. If your pathway guide refers to the full list of technical competencies, the overall summary guide is where you need to refer to.


An example comparison of how the document has been amended is shown below (RICS, 2022 and 2024):


This is a table showing differences between the old and new RICS APC pathway guides
Old and New Pathway Guide Differences


What has changed in the sector-specific pathway guides?


There are minor changes throughout to refer to the latest RICS mandatory and best practice guidance. You will need to ensure that you are aware of the latest editions and refer to these in your submission and interview. Even the new document is only valid on the date it is issued, so further updates may have been made by the time you refer to it.


The Investment Management competency has been renamed Investment Management (Including Fund and Portfolio Management). The detail in levels 1, 2 and 3 remains the same, however.

N.b. RICS have confirmed that no changes have been made to the Environmental Surveying pathway. An incorrect guide was uploaded to the RICS website and this has now been updated with the correct one.



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