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Following the successful period of redevelopment and thorough testing, we are returning to the use of the online assessment platform for candidates, assessors and counsellors. Following valuable member and candidate feedback, the RICS Assessment Platform includes several new features enhancing the user experience and putting candidates in control of their assessment journey.

Assessment Platform FAQs

  • The RICS Assessment Platform is the secure online platform that RICS uses for managing all elements of assessments for candidates, counsellors, assessors, and training managers.

  • We have carried out a thorough four-stage testing program before going live. This covered all elements of the Assessment Platform including the data issues that were experienced in 2021 and led to the removal of ARC.

  • The RICS Assessment Platform goes live on 12 December 2022. At this point all users (candidates, assessors, counsellors and training managers) will be able to access the platform to familiarise themselves with its functionality and update their personal details.  

    The Assessment Platform will take a phased approach. See more below: 

    Application date 

    Market 

    Assessment type 

    3 January 2023 

    Americas 

    Associate Assessment 

    Preliminary Review 

    9 January 2023 

    South Asia 

    Associate Assessment 

    APC/SPA Assessment 

    15 January 2023 

    UK 

    Assessor availability for session 1 only 

    28 January 2023 

    ASEAN/ANZ 

    Preliminary Review 

    30 January 2023 

    East Asia 

    APC/SPA Assessment 

    1 February 2023 

    Africa 

    Preliminary Review 

    1 March 2023 

    MENA 

    Preliminary Review 

    APC/SPA Assessment 

    1 March 

    Europe 

    Associate Assessment 

    Preliminary Review 

    14 March 

    UK 

    Land and Property Preliminary Review 

    UK assessments 

    All “Chartered” assessment (APC and Senior Professional) candidates in the UK will apply for Session one 2023 using the current manual process, completing the Microsoft application form and attaching a copy of their submission to that application. These candidates will NOT need to apply through the platform and specific instructions will be given in the eligibility communications sent out by RICS.     

    UK candidates will apply for Chartered assessments using the RICS Assessment Platform from Session two 2023. UK candidates will apply for March-April APC Preliminary Reviews and April 2023 Associate assessments on RICS Assessment Platform.

  • It is important that the Assessment Platform is available as soon as it is ready to improve the assessment experience for everyone involved and move away from the current resource-heavy manual operations. 

  • The Assessment Platform must be used for all RICS assessments, except in Brazil and China.

  • RICS Assessment Platform has an improved design and layout that creates a better assessment experience for all users. New functionality is summarised below: 

    Candidates: 

    • ability to change Counsellor details and pathway directly 
    • Ability to provide more employment history details  
    • summary of experience is now a single word template 
    • option to provide seconder and proposer details in advance of applying for assessment 
    • candidates who used ARChave access to data they had previously uploaded. 

    Counsellors: 

    • a simple three-stage sign off 
    • ability to view candidates’ CPD, competency selection and employment history 

    Training managers: 

    • a read only views of the candidates they are supporting through the assessment, showing candidates' progress, selected competencies, application status and option to download their submission
  • You can access the RICS Assessment Platform directly using this link: https://assessment.rics.org, the top of the  or in the quick links on the bottom of any rics.org page

  • We have created a series of guides for candidates, assessors, counsellors and training managers – Training Manager roles will be introduced in January 2023.  You can access guidance on www.rics.org/assessment  and on the Assessment Platform.

  • Please contact your local candidate engagement support team: 

    UK & I - ukicandidatesupport@rics.org

    AEMEA - aemeacandidatesupport@rics.org

    APAC - apaccandidatesupport@rics.org

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Assessment dates and process

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Assessment dates and process

  • Submission deadlines

    Chartered interviews (APC, Senior Professional, Specialist)

    Submission deadline

    Assessment interviews

    01 - 15 March 2023

    Mid May - Early June 2023

    01 - 15 Sept 2023

    November 2023

    APC Preliminary Review (written stage)

    Submission deadline

    1 – 15 March 2023

    1 – 15 September 2023

    Associate Assessments

    Submission deadline

    Assessment results

    01 - 15 June 2023

    July 2023

    01 - 15 December 2023

    January 2024

  • 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.

Candidate guides and templates - UK Applications

  • Associate assessment candidate guide

    Download Associate assessment candidate guide

    The candidate guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment.

    Associate assessment submission template

    Download Associate assessment submission template

    This template can be used by all Associate candidates. The template includes the case study section.

     

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

  • APC candidate guide

    Download APC candidate guide

    The candidate guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment and prepare for the final assessment interview.

    APC diary template

    Download the APC diary template

    This template is primarily for use by APC structured training candidates who need to record a minimum of 200 days experience for each year of structured training. It may also be useful for all APC candidates as a record of how you have developed your competencies and therefore support the writing of your summary of experience.

    APC 2018 pathways submission template

    Download APC 2018 pathways template

    This template can be used for APC interview assessments and APC preliminary review (written assessment) for those candidates on the newest pathways (from August 2018). The template includes the case study section.

    APC pre-2018 pathways submission template

    Download APC pre-2018 pathways template

    This template can be used for APC interview assessments and APC preliminary review (written assessment) for those candidates on the older pathways (before August 2018). The template includes the case study section.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

  • Senior professional applicant guide

    Download senior professional applicant guide

    The applicant guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment and prepare for the final assessment interview.

    Senior professional submission template

    Download Senior professional submission template

    This template can be used by all senior professional assessment candidates. You only need one template to apply for assessment.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

  • Specialist applicant guide

    Download Specialist applicant guide

    The applicant guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment and prepare for the final assessment interview.

    Specialist submission template

    Download Specialist submission template

    This template can be used by all specialist assessment candidates. You only need one template to apply for assessment.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

Candidate guides and templates - Non-UK Applications

  • Associate assessment candidate guide

    Download Associate assessment candidate guide

    The candidate guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

  • APC candidate guide

    Download APC candidate guide

    The candidate guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment and prepare for the final assessment interview.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

  • Senior professional applicant guide

    Download senior professional applicant guide

    The applicant guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment and prepare for the final assessment interview.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

  • Specialist applicant guide

    Download Specialist applicant guide

    The applicant guide provides all the information you need to prepare your submission for assessment and prepare for the final assessment interview.

    Pathway guides

    You will also need to download the pathway guide for your chosen area of practice.

    Find your pathway guide

RICS Assessments LinkedIn group

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. 

 

APC candidate 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.

 

 

Assessment training

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

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