MRICS Opportunity – APC Coaching Service
Introduction to MRICS APC
The College of Contract Management is offering a coaching service to guide you through your Assessment of Professional Competence. With our help, you’ll be ready to ace your APC and become an MRICS.
The APC is the final step for a qualified person to become a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. There are 22 sector pathways to the MRICS and we are trained and accredited to help you with the Quantity Surveying and Construction pathway. On this path, you’ll be tested on your competencies in all aspects of surveying, details of which can be found on the RICS website.
Becoming an MRICS is hugely a rewarding recognition of your skills and experience, not to mention beneficial to your career. Members enjoy a bounty of new contacts to network with, more employment opportunities and higher salaries. It is worth the time and effort it takes to pass your APC and become an MRICS.
Our service begins with a free assessment of your CV where we will look at your qualifications and experience and advise you on the best route to take. We’ll then assign you a counsellor, who will guide you via live online counselling through your preparation for the APC. If you are an employer hoping to get several employees to MRICS level, we also offer face-to-face group coaching sessions.
- Upon payment, we will give you access to our virtual study platform, Moodle. You will use this as your course hub and you can find all your learning resources on Moodle.
- We will assign you an APC member who we think suits your needs best.
- Your counsellor will be an MRICS themselves with experience and expertise in coaching people for the APC.
- We will send you a link every week to the latest live online lesson.
- Your counsellor will deliver interactive live online lessons using shared-screen software.
- You can speak to a member of our UK team if ever you have any questions or concerns.
1. Induction meetings
Following your enrolment, you and your counsellor will be invited to attend a series of induction meetings. These will give details about the following topics in order to help you understand what you need to do to become MRICS.
- The APC Process
- Documentation including diary and records
- Case study topic selection
2. Course on RICS Competencies
We will invite you to 15 lessons in order to fill any gaps in your knowledge about the necessary RICS competencies. These include the mandatory, technical and also optional RICS competencies. Your counsellor will monitor your progress so that they can ensure that you have gained the required levels of both knowledge and competence through the experience and projects which you are involved in.
3. Review of your Submissions
You must write all documents that you send for the preliminary review, including your case study report, to the required standard. This is because once they are submitted to RICS there is no option to get them back for correction.
The Case Study must include all the components of the case study and the key criteria you should use for selecting the right project. On behalf of your counsellor, we will assess the likely outcome of the RICS assessment and provide feedback on what needs to change if any improvement is needed for the preliminary review.
4. Preparation for your Final Assessment
We will help you prepare for your MRICS Final Assessment. This will include a basic assessment of your readiness, a step-by-step walk-through of the APC interview and key tips that will subsequently make your experience more positive.
Once you are ready to proceed to the Final Assessment, we’ll invite you to some sessions that will help you with the details about the following items. Including practical examples:
- A checklist of submission documents
- The application form
- Candidate and counsellor declaration
- Qualification and employment information
- Counsellor progress report
- Feedback from the preliminary review
- Summary of experience including mandatory and technical competencies
- Case study
- Logbook and referral report (if applicable)
These sessions ensure that all the documents needed for submission are produced and checked so you can be sure that they meet the requirements of the APC and MRICS.
5. Preparation for your Final Interview
This interview is the final and most nerve-wracking part of becoming an MRICS. By this point you should be brimming with confidence, having proven your competency and experience, but nevertheless, the interview can be daunting. Consequently, we’ll prepare you to walk into the interview room ready to tell the RICS why you deserve to be a Member.
I. Case study presentation
At the beginning of the final assessment interview, you’ll have to deliver a 10-minute presentation about your case study.
We’ll help you produce a professional-looking presentation that is engaging and perfectly polished. We’ll help you to write your script, create your slides and engage your audience while ensuring your content showcases your competencies.
II. Interview Preparation
We really don’t want you to fall at the final hurdle in becoming an MRICS, therefore we’ll help you to prepare thoroughly for your interview. Together we’ll identify some technical and competency-based questions you may be asked and plan dazzling answers for them, which we’ll practise in mock-interviews.
The fee will vary depending on your chosen route and the processes above. For further advice, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line “RICS APC”.
The enrolment date will be the same as the date of your payment.
The length of time it takes to complete your MRICS depends on your experience and qualifications. APC candidates take either the Structured Training route or the Preliminary Review route.
For candidates who have an RICS accredited degree. These candidates must take between 0 and 24 months of structured training, depending on how many years of relevant experience they have.
0-5 years of experience: must do 24 months of structured training.
5-10 years experience: 12 months of structured training.
10+ years: no structured training needed.
Once they have completed the required amount of structured training, these candidates will progress to the Final Assessment, then the Final Interview, then gain their MRICS.
For candidates who have any degree that is recognised in the UK and 5+ years of experience (at least 1 must be from after they graduated) or a chartered membership to a professional body.
These candidates must go through a series of steps before their Final Assessment and Interview. This could take a matter of months.
You can find the following APC documents on the RICS website.
- Candidate Guide (PDF)
- Counsellor (& Supervisor) Guide (PDF)
- Requirements and Competencies Guide (PDF)
- Pathway Guide (PDF)
- Candidate diary template (Word)
- Log Book (Excel)
- Final Assessment Template (Word)
- Enrolment Guide
- Final Assessment guide
Tel: 0207 222 7000
For Professional Experience Route candidates: 0247 686 8433