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Preparing for the Case Study & Final Assessment

This course will demonstrate to candidates, what happens during the APC process, what it needs to prepare for their written submission as well as their final interview. This course aims to help candidates to achieve RICS membership.

Wed 25 Sep 2019 - Thu 26 Sep 2019
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM
RICS, Room 3707, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
6 hours CPD

Package deal is available



Module One: Preparing for the Case Study (25 September; 6:30–9:30pm)

A well-structured and written submission demonstrates professionalism, appreciation and understanding of RICS standards and a readiness for membership. The case study provides an opportunity for professionals to demonstrate skill and competencies that is centred around an important project. With the right tools and training, this key component of the APC submission can be easily approached with considerable confidence.

The course focuses on discussion topics to include: how to choose a suitable case study, analysing structural requirements of the final assessment, critical elements vital to a report, and incorporating core standards of RICS qualification to achieve consistency and credibility. Upon the completion of the training, delegates will gain an appreciation of case studies and roles they play in the final assessment of the membership accreditation.

Module Two: Preparing for the Final Assessment (26 September; 6:30–9:30pm)

The final assessment is made up of two components, the written submission and the professional interview. Representing the culmination of experience gained from hard work and competencies achieved, this is the final step for professionals to become fully-fledged RICS members. With modifications made in the submission’s templates and content in February 2015, these changes will affect those who register for RICS membership under the new approach.

The course features prerequisites and updates for the final assessment ranging from: how assessments are conducted, approaches assessors use in making their decisions, and expectations for professionals. With sufficient preparation, candidates will be able to complete all areas of assessment with confidence rather than be held back in trepidation.

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Learning Outcomes

Module 1: Preparing for the Case Study

  • Recognise the role of the case study in the overall assessment 
  • Identify the areas the assessors will be looking for in a case study
  • Lay out a structure for the case study
  • Articulate the key attributes of a project likely to make a good topic
  • Write in the RICS way

Module 2: Preparing for the Final Assessment

  • Plan for each section of the assessment
  • Describe how the assessors make their decisions
  • Demonstrate how you have achieved the required competencies at the right level 
  • Identify the different types of questions and how to prepare answers for them

Who should attend

  • Candidates starting to prepare for the APC final assessment
  • Candidates who have been referred and want to ensure they are fully prepared for the final assessment
  • Supervisors and counsellors who may have not supported trainees before and want to understand the process

Course structure

Module 1: Preparing for the Case Study

  • What role does the case study play in the assessment?
  • What are the key components?
  • What are the assessors looking for?
  • What projects make good subjects?
  • How should the report be structured?

The course will cover all these areas and will enable the delegates to select and structure their case study including the key sections:

  •  Issues and challenge
  •  Solutions considered
  •  Solution chosen
  •  Appraisal/achievements
  • Conclusion
  •  Lessons learnt

The course will also cover common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Module 2: Preparing for the Final Assessment

You will be guided through the new final assessment process, including:

  • Preparing for the final assessment
  • The roles of the assessors and how do they make their assessment?
  • The structure of the final assessment and how the time period is broken up into defined sections?
  • What each section covers and how the candidate can make the best of every section
  • The link between the case study, the presentation and the Final Assessment. 
  • What makes a good presentation?
  • Understanding, managing and answering questions
  • Useful hints and tips on ensuring the candidate clearly demonstrates their competency in all the required areas
  • The importance of RICS ethics and rules of conduct

Meet the trainer


Gary is a current RICS APC Assessor, and before his retirement, he was the General Manager – Property Management for Shui On Properties Management Ltd.

He worked in real estate service for more than 35 years in areas of property management, maintenance, building survey and project management in various organizations.

He has served the Councils of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS), Surveyors Registration Board (SRB), Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM) and Hong Kong Association of Property Management Companies (HKAPMC) for some years and currently holding the position as Vice President of HKAPMC, Vice President of HKIFM, Honorary Treasurer of SRB (2012-2015), Honorary Treasurer of HKIS (2011-2013) and Past Chairman (2009-2011) of HKIS PFMD.


  • Standard fee Single module $1800
  • Package deal (both modules) $3200
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