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RICS APC Lifeline - New RICS APC Pathways

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What is today's blog about?

This week, we will discuss the new RICS APC pathways and what this means for you.

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What has happened?

The RICS have introduced new APC pathways, following consultation during 2016 and 2017.


What has changed?

Two new pathways; Corporate Real Estate and Land & Resources. All other pathways have been retained.

Some competency requirements have changed, particularly in relation to the core and optional competencies you can pursue.

Some competency titles have been changed, e.g. Conduct Rules, Ethics and Professional Practice has been changed to Ethics, Rules of Conduct and Professionalism and Teamworking has been changed to Diversity, Inclusion and Teamworking.

Some competencies have been removed, e.g. Property Records/Information Systems and Analysis of Client Requirements.

Some competencies have been updated, e.g. Client Care now includes elements of the technical competency, Analysis of Client Requirements, Data Management now includes elements of the technical competency, Property Records/Information Systems and Communication & Negotiation now includes elements of the technical competency, Cross Cultural Awareness in Business.

A number of new competencies have been introduced, e.g. new mandatory competency, Inclusive Environments and new technical competencies such as Big Data, Open Data, Business Case, Loan Security Valuation, Change Management, Market Appraisal and Masterplanning and Urban Design.

When do the changes apply from? 

1 August 2018.

Who do the changes apply to?

New candidates enrolling from 1 August 2018. 

Candidates already enrolled remain on the old pathways, so you can ignore the new pathway information and competencies. 

You can transfer onto the new relevant pathway if you wish. However, once you transfer over you cannot go back. 

Where do I find information on the new or old pathways?

Information on the new pathways can be found on the RICS website.

What should you do?

As a general rule, if you have already started to draft your final assessment submission, we do not recommend that you transfer onto one of the new pathways. 

You may, however, wish to consider transferring onto one of the new pathways, e.g. Corporate Real Estate, if this provides a better fit for your experience or you are still very early on within your RICS APC journey.

If you decide to swap, then you will need to contact RICS to make the relevant changes.

How can we help?

  • Head to our blog archive to access even more free CPD and AssocRICS and RICS APC training and support.

  • Download your free AssocRICS and RICS APC resources, including e-books and revision quizzes.

  • Find out more about our bespoke AssocRICS and RICS APC training and support, before booking your free 15 minute consultation and signing up for your services online.

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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 or financial advice.


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