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APC Accelerated Learning: Quantity Surveying and Construction

The need for chartered quantity surveyors is significant. By 2020 an estimated £18 billion is predicted to be spent on construction projects across key developing markets, therefore having the skills to meet this global demand is essential.

Course Duration:
12 Months
Mon 1 Oct 2018
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
200 hours formal CPD
£1375 + VAT


With an increased focus on effective cost management, as well as the environment and sustainability in construction projects, there is high demand to provide a cost management service to the construction industry.

This accelerated learning course has been designed to evolve technical skills and knowledge needed for professionals who work in quantity surveying and covers professional ethics and core competencies defined in the RICS pathway guide.

In addition, the course will support professionals throughout the membership assessment process and activities. Delegates will receive feedback and support from a RICS Assessor, simplifying the process and preparation for their final assessment to become chartered.

With access to our industry-leading online library isurv included (Construction channel only), delegates will be able to access a wealth of information to support their learning.

This course is ideal for:

  • All Quantity Surveying APC candidates who want to accelerate their learning
  • Professionals from other backgrounds who wish to become chartered as quantity surveying members.

What delegates will get from this course:

  • Technical quantity surveying training
  • APC process and competency masterclasses
  • Access to our industry-leading online library isurv (Construction channel only)
  • 200 study hours available
  • Upon passing the online multiple-choice question assessment delegates will be awarded with a RICS Certification of Completion

End of course assessments

Delegates are assessed through an online multiple-choice question assessment which takes place in the final quarter of the 12-month programme. There’s also an online test to conclude the Professional Ethics for RICS Members module.

N.B. Completion of these assessments and course will not guarantee receiving RICS membership qualification, this will depend on the result of the final APC assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate forms of construction for various property types

  • Assess the practices and procedures of international quantity surveying

  • Compare and contrast procurement strategies

  • Identify the contractual requirements and procedures relevant to construction finances

  • Evaluate the factors which affect the cost of a building

  • Evaluate the sources of cost data relating to construction

  • Assess cost planning methods to control the financial aspect of a project

  • Illustrate the quantification and costing of construction work

  • Assess contract practices and administration processes

  • Evaluate and forecast costs during the construction of a project

  • Manage various aspects of a project including change procedures and accounts

  • Increase confidence on how to write your summaries of experience in order to demonstrate competence

  • Be able to prepare your case study and presentation for submission, or know in which areas your need to gain further experience, knowledge or skills to improve to be able to submit

  • Ready to sit your final assessment interview, or know the areas in which to improve and develop

Course Contents

This course includes technical modules, competency masterclasses and APC process content broken down into the following 10 modules:

Module 1 - Introduction

  • Course introduction
  • The role of the RICS and its professionals
  • Introduction to the real estate lifecycle
  • Understanding the APC

Module 2 – Construction technology and environmental services

  • Alternative elemental options and sustainability
  • Construction technology for domestic buildings and more complex buildings
  • Environmental services for domestic buildings and more complex buildings

Module 3 - Procurement and tendering

  • Procurement routes
  • Tendering and negotiation processes
  • Production of tender documents
  • Ancillary processes such as partnering and framework agreements

Module 4 – Design economics, cost planning and commercial management of construction

  • Factors affecting the cost of a building and its elements
  • Cost planning and the financial control of projects
  • Source of cost data and adjustments for location, specification, time and market forces
  • Whole life cycle costing

Module 5 – Quantification and costing of construction works

  • Quantification of construction works (including both measurement and definition)
  • Process of costing of the construction works
  • Use of BIM in undertaking Quantity Surveying activities on a project

Module 6 – Contract Practice

  • Legal systems and the framework for the operation of construction contracts
  • Contractual mechanisms and procedures relevant to financial management of a project
  • Considering other common contractual mechanisms

Module 7 - Project financial control and reporting

  • Control of costs during the construction phase of a project
  • Reporting and forecasting of costs during the construction phase
  • Principles of contingencies/risk allowances
  • Applying cash flows in financial management

Module 8 - Business and Soft Skills

  • Mandatory Competencies - Business Skills
  • Mandatory Competencies - Soft Skills

Module 9 - Getting Qualified

  • Professional Ethics for RICS Members
  • Preparing for your Case Study
  • Preparing for the Final Assessment

Module 10 - Revision and end of course assessment

  • Course revision
  • APC Accelerated Learning: Quantity Surveying online assessment


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