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RICS APC Lifeline - Extension to Session 2 2020 Submission Dates




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What is this week's blog about?


In this week’s blog, we look at the recent RICS announcement to provide an extenuating circumstances extension to the Session 2 2020 submission dates.


Essential reading for all RICS APC candidates who may have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown measures.


What has been announced?


RICS have recently announced an extenuating circumstances extension to the Session 2 2020 RICS APC submission deadlines. This is for candidates who may not have been able to gain the required experience due to Covid-19 lockdown measures.


The purpose of the extension is ‘to provide candidates with the opportunity to gain the required experience that they would otherwise have gained if the extenuating circumstance had not occurred’.

What are the extended submission deadlines?


For land and property pathways, candidates need to apply for the extension by 4 August 2020. The submission deadline will then be extended to 23 October 2020. Final APC interview dates are then likely to be between 17-20 November 2020.


For built environment pathways, candidates need to apply for the extension by 4 September 2020. The submission deadline will then be extended to 31 October 2020. Final APC interview dates are then likely to be between 24-27 November 2020.


What counts as extenuating circumstances for this extension?

  1. If you were furloughed in 2020.

  2. If you have been affected by redundancy in 2020.

  3. If your employer was impacted by restrictions on business operations in 2020.


What other criteria need to be met?

  1. Your employer must confirm the extenuating circumstance.

  2. You must have been planning to apply for final assessment during Session 2 2020.

  3. You expect to be ready for final assessment by 23 October 2020.


What happens if I cannot meet these criteria?


RICS recommend that you should wait until Session 1 2021 to apply for final assessment if these criteria cannot be met.


How can I apply for the extension?


The RICS have confirmed that their application form should be filled out by your employer. If this is not possible, then you should try to discuss your need for an extension with your Counsellor and employer first, before filling out the application form yourself.


Who should I send the completed application form to?


You should email your completed application form to apc@rics.org.


What happens next?


RICS have confirmed that the extension will be applied to candidates unless they confirm otherwise. If the RICS are unable to offer the extension, then they will notify the candidate directly within 10 days of the submission deadline.


Have the RICS APC assessment criteria changed as a result?


No, the RICS APC assessment criteria have not changed. You must still be able to demonstrate sufficient, relevant experience at levels 2 and 3 against your mandatory and technical competencies.


How can we help?


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