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Supervisors and counsellors advise and support candidates through APC

The supervisor role is best practice, while the counsellor role is mandatory. Both are responsible for ensuring candidates gain the required range and depth of experience and training, as well as assessing competence. The supervisor and counsellor should liaise regularly to discuss the candidate's progress.

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Information for APC supervisors and counsellors

  • APC supervisors must ensure the candidate gains the required range and depth of experience and training.

    The supervisor and counsellor should liaise regularly to discuss the candidate's progress.

    APC supervisor's role

    The APC supervisor should be the person who has day-to-day responsibility for the candidate and knows their work well.

    Responsibilities

    • Advise the candidate on the appropriate competencies on enrolment.
    • Support, guide and encourage the candidate.
    • Give assistance in filling in their diaries.
    • Help the candidate interpret the competencies.
    • Assess the candidates against the competencies every 3 months.
    • Ensure the logbook is complete and accurate.
    • Complete a 12 month evaluation for those candidates undertaking 24 months of structured training.
    • Assess whether the candidate has all the relevant evidence for the final assessment submissions.
    • Guide the candidate on their critical analysis.
    • If the candidate is referred, discuss progress and readiness for re-assessment.

    Guidance

    A key role of the supervisor is the day-to-day assessment of progress against the competencies of the candidate's APC pathway.

    The competency-based approach, whilst assessing what people know, also assesses what they can do.

    The supervisor therefore has to ensure that the candidate not only has the knowledge and understanding but can also put it in to practice.

    Candidates need guidance and support to get the most out of their training programme, especially when the supervisor has reviewed their progress and decided they are not yet competent.

  • APC counsellors are responsible for ensuring the candidate gains the required range and depth of experience and training in preparation for their final assessment.

    The supervisor and counsellor should liaise regularly to discuss the candidate's progress.

    Why become an APC counsellor?

    The role of the counsellor is strategic and focuses on planning the training programme and monitoring the progress of the candidate.

    Through this process, the counsellor gains valuable personal development, allowing them to enhance leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.

    The counsellor's role may be performed in-company by a more senior member of staff, but if necessary, the counsellor can be appointed from outside your organisation.

    Counsellors must be a member of RICS.

    Responsibilities

    • Help the candidate choose appropriate competencies on enrolment.
    • Support, guide and encourage the candidate.
    • Every six months, assess the candidate against the competencies.
    • Assess whether the candidate needs additional experience or training.
    • Complete a 12 month evaluation for those candidates undertaking 24 months of structured training.
    • Judge when the candidate is ready for final assessment.
    • Ensure all relevant documentation is included in the final assessment submission.
    • Give advice on preparing for the final assessment presentation and interview.
    • If the candidate is referred, monitor progress and readiness for re-assessment.

    Guidance

    It is the APC counsellor's responsibility to ensure the candidate is competent in all the required areas and to the required levels before applying for final assessment.

    The point at which they are competent is when you are confident that they can carry out an activity without supervision to an acceptable standard.

    All candidates need guidance and support to get the most out of their training programme, especially when you have reviewed their progress and decided they are not yet competent.

    Many counsellors have also found that becoming an APC assessor gives a valuable insight into the APC process. Find out how to become an assessor.

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