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Assessment Resource Centre

As an RICS candidate you will progress through the stages of assessment using the Assessment Resource Centre (ARC).

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Candidate support

The self-assessment form helps to you capture your current levels of experience; showing you which competencies you have met and where there are gaps.

Use this form in conjunction with your pathway guide, it will help you to decide on the most suitable optional competencies and to plan training/activities to help you fulfil the requirements of your pathway. For those enrolled on the pre-August 2018 pathways, guides and related template documents are also available.

Your counsellor

All candidates pursuing an RICS qualification must appoint a counsellor to support and guide them and finally to approve them as ready for assessment.

Find out more about the counsellor role

Assessment support resources (free access)

Find videos, e-learning and sample submissions (available for download below) to help you understand the expectations of the assessments.

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Assessment training

Training is available from RICS to help you through each stage of the assessment process.

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Mentor scheme

A voluntary mentor scheme is operated by RICS for APC and Associate Assessment candidates. The main function of the scheme is to provide support for APC and Associate candidates. This includes assisting candidates in their preparation for assessment. They may also be able to provide help to referred candidates with preparation for their next assessment. Their role is to:

  • Advise candidates on training, experience and recording against the competencies  
  • Advise candidates on templates including the case study*
  • Advise candidates on expectations of the written assessment or interview process and assessment day
  • Provide support based on their own experiences of the assessments

*Please note this does not include ‘checking’ submissions prior to them being submitted for assessment.

A mentor provides an independent voice, which can be used to assist the candidate and counsellor with the assessment process. Any advice given should be subject to approval by the candidate’s counsellor who has ultimate responsibility for assessment support.

To obtain contact details of a mentor please review the appropriate mentor list.

Structured training plan

The APC Candidate Training Plan is a best practice document for use by APC candidates who are required to complete structured training. This document is produced to assist the candidate, counsellor and employer with creating a training plan for the candidate.

RICS Training Advisers

RICS Training Advisers (RTAs) are professional trainers who are also RICS members. They are contracted to RICS on a part-time basis, primarily to help employers with the APC. RTAs also run free events for all candidates to support with the assessment process, which can be located under the training and events section.