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RICS APC Lifeline - Submitting your Final Assessment Documents

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What is today's blog about?

This blog article will focus on our top tips for submitting your RICS APC final assessment documents.

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Deadlines? What deadlines?!

We recommend going to the RICS APC/AssocRICS final assessment web page for your region, e.g. UK and MENA (at the top left corner of the RICS website, there's a button you can click to change your region).

MENA relates to the Middle East and North Africa. This will make sure you are working to the latest deadlines published by RICS.

Our top tips for finalising your final assessment submission

  • Proof read it carefully - this includes style, grammar and spelling

  • Ensure you have written your submission like a professional report - something you would be proud to give to a client or your manager/boss!

  • Remember to cover the full scope of level 1 (knowledge) within your submission - check the competency guide for your pathway for full details

  • At levels 2 and 3, remember to include 2-3 examples to demonstrate how you did something (level 2) or why/how you gave reasoned advice (level 3)

  • Ensure your CPD is relevant and up-to-date - you could get asked questions on any aspect of it, so make sure it is focussed on your competencies and experience

What do I do when my submission is finished?

This will depend on whether you are an 'in flight' (i.e. on Word document templates) or fully ARC candidate.

These are some ways to make the submission process as smooth as possible:

  • Ensure your counsellor is aware of the submission dates, so they can approve you on ARC in good time (i.e. make sure they are not on holiday or out of the office!)

  • Get your proposer/seconder signatures sorted as early as possible using the form downloadable from the RICS Website

  • Don't leave it until the last minute - you are likely to need an FRICS signature and this isn't always straightforward for some candidates

  • Remember when the submission window opens and closes - make sure you don't miss out!

What should I do after submitting?

  • Give yourself a day or two to take a deep breath before you start revision - going into the next stage of the process with a fresh head will do you the world of good

  • It's then time to start revising...

  • We recommend starting off with the mandatory Conduct Rules, Ethics & Professional Practice competency and revisiting this through your revision period. A wrong answer here could spell automatic failure, so getting this competency right first time is an absolute must

  • After this, we recommend focussing on your weaker areas of knowledge, before moving onto areas you are more confident in discussing.

  • You might like to try some of our revision quizzes to test out your knowledge

  • Another key element of your revision will be to familiarise yourself with your entire submission - you need to be 100% fluent with your experience and knowledge. This is because you could be asked questions on ANYTHING within your submission - so make sure you know it inside out!

  • Our APC Question Pack provides a great way of finding out what you might be asked at interview by current APC assessors

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