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RICS APC and AssocRICS Lifeline – New Candidate Guidance

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

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What is this week's blog about?

In this week’s blog, we look at new RICS guidance for APC and AssocRICS candidates.

For APC candidates, this includes a new Candidate Guide, with guidance on the structured training diary.

For AssocRICS candidates, this again includes a new Candidate Guide, with a new referral process.

What’s new for APC candidates?

RICS have clarified their guidance on record keeping for structured candidates via the structured training diary.

Structured training is for candidates who have an accredited degree and either up to 5 years’ relevant experience (400 days, 24 months’ structured training) or 5-10 years’ relevant experience (200 days, 12 months’ structured training).

When candidates have enrolled on the APC, they must record their structured training experience in their diary. This is completed via the Assessment Resource Centre (ARC).

Candidates should record their day to day experience in their diary. The entries recorded can then be used to draft the candidate’s summary of experience.

RICS have confirmed the following requirements when filling in the diary:

  • Entries should not relate to periods of less than ½ day.

  • Entries should only relate to the candidate’s chosen technical competencies. There is no requirement to record the mandatory competencies in the diary. However, both the mandatory and the technical competencies must be written about in the summary of experience.

  • Level 1 entries can be recorded in the diary. This may relate to formal workplace training, formal education or on-the-job experience and is learning that candidates can apply in practice.

  • Whilst Level 1 entries demonstrate a candidate’s understanding, the structured training must primarily relate to Levels 2 and 3. This suggests that the weighting of the diary days should be towards Levels 2 and 3 (whichever is the highest level declared).

  • There are no specified number of days that must be recorded against each level or each competency. This is down to the judgement of the candidate and their Counsellor.

What’s new for AssocRICS candidates?

RICS have introduced a new referral policy for AssocRICS candidates. In short, this means that any referred AssocRICS must submit their referral report when they submit for re-assessment.

The aim of this change is to help assessors to identify how a candidate has addressed the referral issues in their resubmission. This should, in turn, help to ensure greater confidence in the consistency of assessment between panels.

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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