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RICS APC Lifeline - Top 10 Preliminary Review Tips



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What is today's blog about?


This week, we will discuss our top 10 tips for succeeding at preliminary review.


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What is preliminary review?

Candidates who are not required to undertake structured training will have to undergo preliminary review, e.g. if you don't have an RICS accredited degree, you have over 5 years experience or you do not have support from your employer. 


What is the purpose of preliminary review?


To ensure that your submission meets the requirements and standards of the RICS APC process. 


What are our top 10 tips for success in your preliminary review?


  1. Proof reading - use friends, family, colleagues and your supervisor and/or counsellor to proof read your submission. Ensure that you submit a highly professional report which complies with the RICS requirements

  2. Examples - ensure you include 2-3 practical examples for each competency at levels 2 and 3

  3. Word counts - ensure you stick to the specified word counts. 1,500 for the mandatory competencies, 4,000 for the technical competencies and 3,000 for the case study. Don't go over these by even one word!

  4. Case study date - ensure this was undertaken in the last 24 months. Ideally, it would have been undertaken in the last 6-12 months in case you are referred at final assessment, as this may avoid you having to resubmit a completely new case study

  5. CPD - ensure you record sufficient hours, i.e. 48 hours for the last 12 months, of which at least 50% must be formal

  6. Hot topics - ensure you mention any hot topics relevant to your area of practice within your Summary of Experience

  7. Reasoned advice - at level 3, ensure you discuss how and why you gave reasoned advice to your clients. Without this, you are unlikely to demonstrate anything past 'doing', i.e. level 2

  8. Ethics - try to demonstrate your ethical actions and behaviour within a variety of competencies, as well as your case study

  9. Case study topic - ensure that this covers a range (but not necessarily all) of your technical competencies at level 3, through 2-3 key issues. Make sure that you discuss the solutions you considered and good reasons for rejecting options

  10. Submission dates - ensure you check the submission dates for the preliminary review, as these are different to the assessment dates for the final assessment. 


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