RICS APC Lifeline - 8 Top Tips to Ace Your Spring 2020 Final Assessment Submission

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This week, we give you our top 8 tips to ace your RICS APC submission in Session 1 2020.

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1. Get your signatures right

As part of the submission process via ARC, you must upload a copy of the Application for Election as a Professional Member form.

This includes 3 signatures. For your proposer and seconders, (who must be FRICS or MRICS), at least one must be FRICS and no more than two should be from your employer.

Make sure you don’t get it wrong, as the RICS state that ‘no allowances will be made for missing signatures to be sent later. If there are signatures missing, the form will be sent back to you and your assessment date will be deferred for 6 months’.

2. Submit on time

You must submit on ARC when the relevant assessment window for your pathway is open. There is absolutely no leeway if you are late in submitting.

3. Plan your Spring

You will be able to select potential interview dates during the ARC submission process, although you will not be guaranteed a particular date or time.

Make sure you don’t book any holidays when your interview may be scheduled for. A list of potential dates and locations can be found on the RICS website.

You will receive confirmation of your interview date and time 3 weeks prior by email. It is not possible to change this unless you have extenuating circumstances.

4. Specialist areas

Some pathways require you to select a specialist area when you apply for final assessment via ARC.

The RICS will use your selected specialist area to ensure that you have the right panel allocated at your final assessment interview. They will be specialists in your area of practice, as far as is reasonably practicable.

5. Counsellor sign off

You will need to obtain your Counsellor’s final approval via ARC before you are able to submit your final assessment submission.

Your Counsellor’s approval confirms that you have reached the required levels of competence and have fulfilled the minimum training period (if applicable to your route).

If you have less than 5 years’ experience, you need a minimum of 24 months’ (400 days’) structured training.

This reduces to a minimum of 12 months’ (200 days’), if you have between 5 and 10 years’ experience.

6. Ethics module

You must complete the online RICS ethics module prior to submitting via ARC. This is only valid for 12 months, so don’t worry if you do have to re-take it as it is an excellent revision tool.

7. Final assessment submission requirements

Your assessment panel will receive your final submission in advance to review and prepare for your interview with.

This includes checking whether you have met the key requirements of the RICS, e.g. word count, case study validity, ethics module and test, fees, proposer and seconder confirmation, CPD, qualification and experience eligibility, and any other criteria set out in the RICS Regulations.

Your assessment can be cancelled if it is found that these requirements have not been met, so make sure you get your submission right first time.

RICS also uses an electronic system, Turnitin, to identify plagiarism offences within candidates’ final assessment submissions.

Make sure your submission is solely your own work, although it is okay to use your preliminary submission as the basis for your final assessment submission.

8. Application fees

The current RICS APC enrolment fee is £660 (+ £97 for preliminary review).

This includes an initial enrolment fee and candidate subscription fee. The former covers your registration, online ethics course and final assessment.

The latter covers support materials and access to ARC, which is payable each year until you become qualified.

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