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RICS APC Lifeline - Senior Professional Route

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What is today's blog about?

This week, we will take a detailed look at the Senior Professional APC route.

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What is the senior professional route?

This route to qualification is suitable to those with leadership and management responsibilities, on top of relevant surveying experience.

Am I eligible?

You need to have either 10 years’ relevant experience or 5 years’ if you also hold a relevant undergraduate and post graduate degree (or equivalent professional qualification). The latter should be at master’s level or higher.

How do I apply?

After checking you are eligible, you will need to submit the senior professional route application form to the RICS. This includes details of your employment history, qualifications, chosen RICS pathway and senior profile statement (400 words). 

All of these, including your professional experience, should be related to your selected RICS pathway. This will be vetted by a review panel to ensure that your experience and responsibilities are appropriate for the senior professional route.

What should I include in my senior profile statement?

Your 400 word senior profile statement should focus on what you are doing (indicators) and how you are doing it (behaviours). You must also include an organisation chart or description of the organisation structure (in the context of your role).

You should demonstrate responsibility for the following indicators:

  • Leadership

  • Managing people (level, numbers)

  • Managing resources (extent, amount, type)

You should also detail the following elements of your career:

  • Position in organisation structure

  • Decision making (level, impact)

  • International dimension

  • Client base (type, profile)

  • Recognition from peers, media, professional bodies or industry stakeholders

You should also discuss how you demonstrate at least one of the behaviours:

  • Pursue opportunities to develop the industry and profession

  • Advocate best practice standards

  • Take responsibility to deliver professionalism

  • Act with integrity to promote responsible business

What is the assessment process?

Your APC assessment will comprise of three elements:

  • Online ethics module and test prior to submitting your final assessment submission

  • Final assessment submission (submitted via ARC), which comprises three case studies (1,000-1,500 words each) and your CPD record (20 hours in the last 12 months)

  • Final assessment interview, which lasts for 60 minutes and will focus on your submission and experience

When do I submit my final assessment submission?

Land and Property - 15 to 28 February or 15 to 31 August

Built Environment - 15 to 31 March or 15 to 30 September

When will I sit my final assessment interview?

If you submit in the Spring, you will sit your interview in May or June. If you submit in the Autumn, you will sit your interview in October or November. You will receive notification of your interview date 3 weeks’ prior by email.

What will my final assessment interview include?

Your final assessment interview will last for 60 minutes.

The interview structure is as follows:

  • 5 minutes - opening and introductions by the chairperson

  • 10 minutes - your presentation and personal introduction on your background and career path

  • 40 minutes - questioning from the assessment panel on your case studies, CPD, ethics, professional issues and wider experience

  • 5 minutes - concluding comments, including your opportunity to have the last word or clarify any previous responses

How will I be assessed?

The assessment criteria are as follows:

  • 50% - senior professional competencies and profile

  • 25% - mandatory and technical competencies

  • 25% - ethics and professionalism

How can we help?

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

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  • 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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