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RICS APC Lifeline – Inflight Candidate Guidance



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What is today's blog about?


In this week’s blog, we look at the RICS guidance for inflight candidates published in February 2020. This will apply if you enrolled on your APC prior to 1 January 2017 and are currently using the Word document templates.


You can download the full guidance on the RICS website.


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What’s new?


There are currently two submission options via ARC:


  • Full access – this is where ARC is used to directly record the Summary of Experience, case study, diary (if applicable), CPD and ethics module

  • Inflight – this is where the Word document template is uploaded onto ARC


From 31 March 2020, RICS are ending the inflight transition process so all candidates will become full access.


What happens if you are planning to submit this Spring?


If you are planning to submit your final assessment as an inflight candidate prior to 31 March 2020, then you will be able to continue using the Word document templates. This includes if your final interview falls within Session 1 2020 (but is after 31 March 2020).


If you apply but then decide to defer your assessment after 31 March 2020 or if you are referred during Session 1 2020, then you will be switched over to full access.


If you intend to submit for Session 2 2020 onwards then you will also automatically be switched over to full access.


What do you need to do if you are switched over to full access?


  • You will need to check that your competency choice is correct using the competency selector on ARC.

  • You will need to copy and paste your Summary of Experience and diary (if applicable) entries over to ARC. This may take longer than expected so leave yourself plenty of time and ensure that you keep a backup copy outside of ARC just in case.

  • If need to keep a diary, then ensure that the number of days recorded meets the RICS requirements.

  • Ensure that your ethics test is valid, i.e. within 12 months of submitting. If it is out-of-date, ensure you retake it before you submit via ARC.

  • For CPD hours, you will be able to add in planned and completed hours from your enrolment date. Only completed hours are recorded towards the RICS requirements, so ensure that you mark them as completed.

  • The case study is completed outside of ARC and uploaded in PDF format. There is a template available in ARC that you can use, which you should attach your appendices to.

  • There is a new process for acquiring your proposer and seconder signatures via ARC. Rather than being a paper based form, this will be electronic requiring you to submit the RICS number or email address for each signatory. This requires efficient planning to ensure that your signatories are available to sign you off well in advance of you being ready to submit your submission via ARC.


If in doubt about anything to do with the switchover from being inflight to full access, don't hesitate to get in touch with Property Elite.


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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.