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Use of ARC in 2021

ARC will not be used for assessment submission and assessor processes for the rest of 2021.

ARC will remain open to allow candidates to access their information but you should not enter any new information in ARC.
 
FOLLOW THE RELEVANT LINK BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON HOW THIS AFFECTS YOU

Candidates applying for assessment

Read more on how to apply for assessment in 2021

New Rules of Conduct published

RICS published new Rules of Conduct on 11 October 2021, with an effective date of 2 February 2022.

No candidate will be assessed against the new rules until 2 February 2022.

However, all candidates should be aware the new rules have been published. Please read the FAQ document for candidates, assessors and counsellors for more information.

Read FAQs

Assessment process

This section provides details on submission deadlines and assessment dates.

Deadlines

  • Submission deadlines

    APC Final Assessments

    Assessment Session 

    Submission deadline

    Assessment Interviews

    Session 2

    18-22 October

    November

    Senior professional assessment and Specialist assessment

    Assessment Session

    Submission deadline

    Assessment Interviews

    Session 2

    18-22 October

    November

    APC Preliminary Assessments

    Assessment Session

    Submission deadline

    Assessment Results

    Session 2

    20 September - 1 October

    October

    Associate Assessments

    Assessment Session

    Submission deadline

    Assessment Results

    Session 2

    20 September - 1 October

    October

  • 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 support

Download your candidate guides and templates to start recording your experience and preparing your submission. You can also access additional support resources; these include candidate community groups, free drop-in sessions with RICS assessment staff, and sample submissions.

Candidate guides and templates

  • 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. Make sure you download the case study template below too.

    Associate assessment case study template

    Download Associate assessment case study template

    This template can be used by all Associate candidates to prepare your case study. Remember to download the Associate submission template above.

    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). Make sure you download the case study template below too.

    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). Make sure you download the case study template below too.

    APC case study template

    Download APC case study template

    This template can be used by all APC candidates to prepare your case study. Remember to download the appropriate APC submission template above.

    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

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.

View training sessions

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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