The APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) is the practical training and experience which, when combined with academic qualifications, leads to RICS membership.
The objective of the APC is to ensure you are competent to practise as a chartered surveyor. The APC normally consists of:
- a period of structured training
- a final assessment interview.
Your APC structured training will normally continue for a minimum of 24 months, during which you must complete a minimum of 400 days' relevant practical experience. This may take longer, depending on your supervisor's and counsellor's assessment of your progress, but must be completed within six years of your APC registration.
The APC structured training period is primarily competency-based. It requires you, the candidate, to demonstrate that you have the skills and abilities needed to perform specific tasks or functions. The competencies are based on attitudes and behaviours as well as skills and knowledge. The specific competencies you must demonstrate depend on the APC pathway you follow. Your choice of pathway will be determined by your employment as you can only demonstrate competence on the basis of actual work experience. Your supervisor, who will normally be your line manager, will advise you on your choice of pathway.
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