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27 JUN 2020

Going digital for professional development

To continue delivering professional progression, RICS is taking a more digital approach on global operations wherever possible, enabling us to conduct our APC Assessments online seamlessly over the last few months.

For further help and clarity for RICS candidates despite current uncertainty, we have made the decision to move all future final assessment interviews to a digital platform. Through this new digital approach, we are upholding our high standards of professional qualification and supporting candidates and assessors with comprehensive resources.

We are also building on the success of over 1,300 digital assessments delivered globally so far, out of which more than 200 have taken place in the Middle East and North Africa.

To understand what this process has been like for candidates we spoke to a recently graduated RICS Professional.

Jarryd Terblanche MRICS,

Cost Manager, Project & Development Services at JLL MENA

When I joined the JLL Projects and Development Services team in MENA in January 2016, I immediately started working on my professional membership with the RICS. The JLL culture is very continual professional development driven, and my line manager and mentors encouraged me to get started with this as soon as possible.

I achieved my Associate membership in 2017 and pursued my professional membership (MRICS) with the RICS in 2018. Building up to my final assessment interview the support and guidance I received from my peers at JLL was invaluable. Three months prior to my final assessment I scheduled weekly mock interviews with my counsellor and mentors via Microsoft Teams.

Jarryd Terblanche MRICS
Jarryd Terblanche MRICS

In anticipation of receiving an interview date the unfortunate outbreak of COVID 19 created uncertainty as to whether the interviews will commence. It was a relieving moment when I received an email from RICS confirming that my interview will still proceed.

For the first time in the history of RICS, final assessments would be undertaken via virtual platform. The RICS were able to adapt to this new normal within a matter of weeks. This further demonstrated to me the excellence of the RICS and pride to be part of such a great institution.

It was a privilege to be a part of the first group of APC candidates to conduct their final assessment through a virtual platform.

Jarryd Terblanche BTech, MRICS
Cost Manager, Project & Development Services, JLL MENA

On the day I experienced nerves from the uncertainty on how the virtual assessment would play out however, after interacting with the panel I immediately felt at ease and comfort. Furthermore, when clarifying for further information the panel was very supportive and always ensured the communication was clear throughout the interview. I can advise to all RICS candidates that the virtual interview feels as real as a face to face interview and is a true reflection measure to test one’s competence.  

Looking back, the experiences and lessons learnt from my APC journey have fully equipped me from both a technical and a soft skill approach. My advice to all APC candidates is to stay resilient and self-disciplined through the challenging times, until you pursue your MRICS where you will gain a market advantage and expand your network.