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Enrolled candidate guidance

Do you need some more support on your assessment journey or want to share your experiences with other professionals pursuing an RICS qualification?

The RICS Assessments LinkedIn Group is available to support you through your assessment by sharing knowledge and experiences of the assessments, ensuring a motivating and encouraging environment for all who are working towards an RICS qualification.

Ask questions. Provide your own advice. Access support materials.

Membership of the group is open to all current RICS candidates and any RICS-qualified professionals wishing to proactively support candidates in becoming qualified.

Request to join the group here

Not using LinkedIn yet? It provides a great opportunity to raise your profile, growing your network with other candidates, RICS professionals, the industry and wider LinkedIn networks. 

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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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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Don't miss out: APC Prep Days

  • Edinburgh: 6 August 2019 09:30-17:00, RICS, 3rd Floor, 125 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD
  • London: 25 September 2019 09:30-17:00, TBC

Find out more

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.

Deadlines

The deadlines for submission and assessment are below.

When selecting the dates in ARC you should keep all dates free until you receive confirmation of your allocated date and time.

Assessment process

  • When you are ready to apply for assessment you must gain approval from your counsellor and referees (RICS-qualified professionals acting as proposers or seconders).

    Download the appropriate form for your application.

  • Chartered assessment interview (APC/SPA)

    RICS runs two interview sessions each year. These are held in May/June (Session 1) and October/November (Session 2).

    Pathway

    Session 1 submission deadline

    Session 2 submission deadline

    Antiques & fine arts

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Building control

    15 – 31 March

    15 – 30 September

    Building surveying

    15 – 31 March

    15 – 30 September

    Built infrastructure / Infrastructure

    15 – 31 March

    15 – 30 September

    Commercial property practice / Commercial real estate

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Corporate real estate

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Environment

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Facilities management

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Geomatics (including hydrographic)

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Land & Resources

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Management consultancy

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Minerals & waste management

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Planning & development

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Project management

    15 – 31 March

    15 – 30 September

    Property finance & investment

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Quantity surveying & construction

    15 – 31 March

    15 – 30 September

    Residential

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Rural

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Taxation allowances

    15 – 31 March

    15 – 30 September

    Valuation

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Valuation of businesses & intangible assets

    15 – 28 February

    15 – 31 August

    Session 2 interview dates

    Date  Venue Pathway
    15th October John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI RP, MWM
    16th October John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI
    16th October Resolution Centre, Belfast All Land and Property pathways where required
    18th October Principality Stadium (Millilumen stadium), Cardiff COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, RP
    22nd October Hampden Park, Glasgow COM, CRE, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, GEO, RP, LR, PD
    23rd October Hampden Park, Glasgow COM, CRE, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, GEO, RP, LR, PD
    24th October Aston Villa Stadium, Birmingham COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, RP
    25th October Aston Villa Stadium, Birmingham COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, RP
    5th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow COM, CRE, RES, VAL, FM, PFI GEO, RP, LR
    6th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow COM, CRE, RES, VAL, FM, PFI GEO, RP, LR
    7th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow COM, CRE, RES, VAL, FM, PFI GEO, RP, LR
    12th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, MC, P&D
    13th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, MC, P&D
    14th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow COM, RES, VAL, FM, PFI, P&D
    14th November Resolution Centre, Belfast All Built Environment pathways where required
    19th November John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield QS, BS, BC
    20th November John Smith Stadium, Huddersfield QS, BS, BC
    21st November Aston Villa Stadium, Birmingham QS, BINF BS
    22nd November Aston Villa Stadium, Birmingham QS, BINF BS
    26th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow QS, TAX, BINF
    27th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow QS, TAX, BINF, PRM
    28th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow QS, BC, BS, PRM
    29th November Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow QS, BC, BS
    3rd December Hampden Park, Glasgow QS, BINF, BS, BC, PRM
    4th December Hampden Park, Glasgow QS, BINF, BS, BC, PRM
    6th December Principality Stadium (Millilumen stadium), Cardiff QS, BINF, BS

    APC Preliminary review

    Pathway

    Deadline

    Potential Interview

    Deadline

    Potential Interview

    Antiques & Fine Arts

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Building Control

    15 - 31 October

    Session 1

    15 - 30 April

    Session 2

    Building Surveying

    15 - 31 October

    Session 1

    15 - 30 April

    Session 2

    Built Infrastructure

    15 - 31 October

    Session 1

    15 - 30 April

    Session 2

    Commercial property practice / Commercial real estate

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Corporate real estate

    15 - 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Environment

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Facilities Management

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Geomatics (including hydrographic)

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Land and resources

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Management Consultancy

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Minerals & Waste Management

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Planning & Development

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Project Management

    15 - 31 October

    Session 1

    15 - 30 April

    Session 2

    Property Finance & Investment

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Quantity Surveying & Construction

    15 - 31 October

    Session 1

    15 - 30 April

    Session 2

    Residential

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Rural

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Taxation Allowances

    15 - 31 October

    Session 1

    15 - 30 April

    Session 2

    Valuation

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Valuation of Business & Intangible Assets

    15 – 30 September

    Session 1

    15 - 31 March

    Session 2

    Associate Assessment

     

    Submission

    Assessment

    1st-8th Feb

    February

    1st-8th July

    July

    1st-8th Oct

    October

    If you wish to sit final assessment in the UK you need to submit via ARC during the specified time periods detailed below. The dates differ depending on your pathway.

  • Some pathways require you to select a specialist area when you apply for final assessment. View the document for more information.

    Pathways and their related specialisms

    You will be required to declare your chosen specialist area in Assessment Resource Centre (ARC).

  • Confirmation of date and time

    Confirmation of your interview date and time will be emailed to you 3 weeks prior to your assessment.

    Once your assessment date has been set, it will not be possible to change unless there are extenuating circumstances. Sometimes due to circumstances beyond RICS' control, interview dates and times may change. If this happens you will be contacted, and we will follow the rescheduling procedure as laid out below.

    Rescheduling APC interviews

    We aim to ensure any previously referred candidates see a new panel at their next assessment. Sometimes, due to the chosen specialist area, assessor availability or other conflicts of interest this is not possible and therefore a referred candidate may see one member of a previous panel at a subsequent assessment.

    Assessors are trained to assess each candidate as if it was their first time based on the submission and performance of the current assessment. Candidates should not be alarmed if they see a panel member who has assessed them before on entering the assessment room.

    If you have submitted your application for final assessment, and then wish to defer, you must inform RICS Membership Operations by email. It is your responsibility to notify RICS if you wish to defer, RICS will not accept notification from a third party.

    RICS will grant a 14 day cooling off period from the date you submit for assessment within which you can defer without charge, after this point a £275.00 deferral fee will be payable when you next apply.

    Arrival at venue

    You will need to register at the RICS desk 15 minutes prior to your interview. It is recommended that you leave enough time to park and locate the RICS desk within the venue. Parking requirements vary at each venue however please note if you are undertaking your assessment at Park Inn Heathrow, you will be required to provide your car registration details to main reception on arrival.

    Please note that any fees for car parking are payable by yourself.

    You do not need to bring any identification or proof of interview time with you.  You will be formally signed in 15 minutes prior to the interview start time and asked to take a seat in the waiting area (bags and coats can be left in this room whilst you are being interviewed). RICS staff will read a short briefing before taking you to your interview rooms.

    After the interview

    Once your interview is finished, it is important that you return to the RICS desk to sign out.

    If you are late

    If for any reason you are not going to make it to the assessment venue on time, it is important that you notify RICS as soon as possible using the mobile number provided on your candidate interview notification email.

    Please note: RICS cannot guarantee that your interview will go ahead if you are late arriving.

    For candidates sitting in Northern Ireland please be aware that due to the volume of candidates, the registration process on the day may differ slightly to those detailed here. For further information please contact ricsni@rics.org

  • Candidate questionnaire

    A few days after your interview you will receive a questionnaire from RICS about your experience; RICS would appreciate you completing this as your feedback is important to us.

    Receiving your result

    Chartered assessment: The result will be available within 5 working days after your interview and display on your homepage of ARC.

    (Please note that due to how the results are processed, they will appear on ARC shortly before they are released on email. Please refrain from contacting RICS immediately if you see the result on ARC but have not yet received a confirmation email as it may take some time to reach you. If you have not received your result by 17:00 hours on the due date, then please do get in touch on apc@rics.org. RICS disregard bank holidays so you will not have to wait longer for your result if there is a bank holiday close to your assessment date.)

    APC Preliminary Review: The results will be available approximately 8 weeks after the end of the application period, on the last working day of the month (i.e. apply 15-31 March, result issued last working day of May)

    Associate assessment: The result will be available the last working day of the month after the submission date and display on your homepage of ARC.

    All assessments: You will have access to this by 17.00. Please ensure your preferred email address is registered on www.rics.org; failure to do this may mean you do not receive a reminder that your result is available for you to view.

    If you have not received your result by 17.00 please contact RICS.

    RICS website

    The successful candidates will have their names added to the Global Members Directory within 24 hours of the result being issued and a full pass list will be added to the Assessment Results within a few days of receiving your result.

    Referral reports and award packs

    Unsuccessful candidates will receive a referral report which will be available within ARC 21 days from the date of their result. An email will be sent to you indicating when this is ready and available for viewing. You must save a copy of this report from ARC before your account becomes unlocked and you can continue to record your experience.

    Successful candidates will receive an Award Pack by post which will contain a copy of their diploma and a membership card. This is ordered on the first day of the next month following receipt of the result and can take 6-8 weeks to be delivered.

    Please note that successful candidates will be required to pay an upgrade fee and any increase in annual subscription* upon qualification and can be paid online at rics.org/renew. An email will also be sent alerting newly qualified members to this updated online invoice.

    * For qualifications after October, the subscription invoice will cover the following year rather than the current year and a membership card is send once the annual subscription has been paid.

    Candidates who are referred will be required to pay as resit fee of £275.00 for every additional assessment. This payment will be requested via ARC at the next application.

  • Candidates who are referred have the right to appeal.

    You cannot appeal simply because you disagree with the assessors’ decision about your competence. The appeal panel does not question the merits of the assessors’ decision. It looks at the way the final assessment was conducted, and will allow the appeal only if, on the balance of probabilities, there was fault in the process.

    It does not reach any conclusion about the candidate’s competence to practise: it considers only administrative or procedural matters.

    Appeal panel

    Appeals are considered by an RICS appeal panel of three chartered surveyors who have no connection with you or your employer, and no previous knowledge of your final assessment interview.

    The appeal panel has no powers to admit a candidate to RICS membership: if an appeal is approved, the original final assessment interview is disregarded and you will be given a fresh interview.

    How to appeal                                                 

    You have 21 days in which to appeal. This is taken from the date on which your referral report is issued.

    • Complete the APC candidate appeal form (download it from this page) and submit the required appeal fee (no third party may appeal on your behalf).
    • Detail, in no more than 1,000 words, the reasons for the appeal. No further supporting documentation is permitted and no representations may be submitted by another party who was not present at the interview (e.g. supervisor, counsellor, employer)
    • Send to RICS within 21 days of the date your referral report was issued.

    The process takes approximately seven weeks following receipt of your appeal.

    The outcome of an appeal

    • Decline

    The panel decides to decline the appeal - RICS will write to you explaining the reasons for the decision.

    The original decision stands along with the panel’s referral report and instructions on how to apply for re-assessment.

    The appeal panel’s decision is final. There is no further right of appeal.

    • Allowed

    The panel decides to allow the appeal - RICS will write to you advising that the appeal has been allowed and that the original assessment result and referral report are now void.

    You will be provided with a re-assessment by a new panel using the existing submission documents. RICS will do its best to establish a date suitable for all parties as soon as possible, and not more than three months after the outcome of the appeal. You may not submit any new documentation for the re-assessment.

    The appeal fee will be held in credit.

    Please note that the outcome of the appeal re-assessment is final. There is no further right of appeal following this decision.