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RICS APC Lifeline – Proposer and Seconders Process



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What is today's blog about?


In this week’s blog, we look at the proposer and seconders process. This is a key component of applying for your RICS APC final assessment interview.


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What do I need to know?


Most candidates, apart from in flight candidates sitting in Session 1 2020 (i.e. submitting for final assessment before 31 March 2020), will now be known as ‘full access’ users of the Assessment Resource Centre (ARC).


This means that you will need to follow the ARC process when confirming the support of your proposer and seconders for your RICS APC application.


At what point do I need to confirm support?


If you head to your ARC candidate home page, you will see your coloured progress tracker. This shows the minimum requirements you must fulfil before you can apply for final assessment, i.e. all of the boxes must show as green and ‘completed’.


When your progress tracker appears completed, you will be able to complete the proposer and seconders process. This will show as the most bottom right button (under Counsellor Selected) on your progress tracker.


This process must be completed before you can apply for final assessment.


Who can be my proposer and seconders?


Your application for election to become MRICS must be supported by ‘three Chartered Surveyors (MRICS or FRICS). At least one must be FRICS and no more than two can be from your employer’.


Your supporters will need to know you sufficiently well personally and professionally to be happy to support your application to become MRICS.


What do I need to do?


You will need to confirm their RICS contact/membership number (which you can find via the RICS website) or email address registered with RICS. This will allow you to look up and confirm your proposer and seconders via ARC.


What will my proposer and seconders need to do?


Your proposer and seconders will receive an email from RICS allowing them to approve your application via ARC.

This requires them to log into their own ARC dashboard and confirm that they support your application. If they do not, then RICS will ask you to provide another proposer and/or seconders until all three supporters have approved your application.


What happens next?


After receiving the support of your proposer and seconders via ARC, you will be able to finish the submission process via ARC.


What are our top 5 tips for getting the proposer and seconders process right?


  1. In the 6 months prior to applying for final assessment, we recommend that you seek the support of three Chartered Surveyors meeting the above requirements. Don’t leave it until the last minute, as it is your responsibility to ensure you have your supporters in place.

  2. If you don’t know anyone who is FRICS, get networking or speak to your existing contacts to forge new personal connections in good time. This way, you can ensure that you are sufficiently familiar with a FRICS Chartered Surveyor who will be happy to support your application. Don’t be reluctant to ask others to help you find a suitable supporter, more often than not you will find that your colleagues, friends and contacts are very happy to help you out.

  3. Don’t put contact details for a supporter down without asking for their consent and assistance beforehand. This does not demonstrate your integrity as a future Chartered Surveyor and is likely to damage your professional relationship. They are also more likely to decline your request for support.

  4. Ensure that your supporters know their RICS online log-in details and will be able to access ARC.

  5. Check that your supporters will be available at the time you need their support. If they will be busy, unavailable or on holiday, then ensure you complete the process early on to ensure that they have sufficient time to approve your application.


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