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Maintaining high professional standards

30/08/23Maintaining high professional standards

RICS’ Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) ensures that candidates are competent and meet the high standards of professionalism required to become an RICS qualified chartered surveyor. As an essential part of the journey to becoming a fully qualified surveyor, the APC tests a combination of technical and professional practice, interpersonal, business and management skills.

How to become an RICS assessor

There are over 3,000 active RICS assessors, responsible for ensuring that the high professional standards of RICS are upheld. To become an Assessor, you need to be three years post-qualified MRICS and have completed the RICS assessor training course. Once qualified as an assessor, you have to comply with RICS CPD requirements, complete the Professionalism module every three years and undergo refresher training every three years. It is a demanding but rewarding role.

Typical tasks undertaken by assessors include reviewing submission documentation, preparing competency-based questions, taking part in assessment panel interviews and contributing to decision-making and candidate feedback.

Being an RICS Assessor at Forge Property Consultants 

Tom Mason, one of Forge’s three directors, is an RICS Assessor. He explains his reasons for deciding to train as an assessor. He says,

“First and foremost, my motivation was to be able to provide a good, structured training plan for any staff at Forge Property Consultants looking to become RICS qualified. We have created a learning plan to make sure that our surveyors are in the best possible position to pass their APC when they reach that point.

“Becoming an APC Assessor has also meant that here at Forge we can remain at the forefront of what the profession expects in terms of CPD and ethical standards, which are really vital to ensure that the reputation of RICS is upheld.

“Added to that, on a personal level, it’s certainly been a really good way for me to develop my own interview and assessment skills, which has contributed hugely to my own professional development.”

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