APC assessors play a very important role. Along with interviewing candidates at their final assessments, they sit on a panel that decides whether candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to become chartered surveyors.
If you'd like to become an APC assessor, or want more information, please get in touch.
You can become an APC assessor if you have been a full RICS member for at least three years (since your election date) and are working in relevant employment. You won't be able to apply for training until you meet this criteria.
Before you start, you'll need to attend a training workshop. This comprehensive one-day event, for which we do not charge an attendance fee, covers all aspects of the APC process and will help you develop your interviewing techniques.
The workshop will prepare you thoroughly and give you the skills and confidence you need to become an APC assessor.
Please note: do not send in a signed Service Level Agreement (SLA) prior to training.
After you've attended your training day, we'll need you for just two full assessment days a year. Please see the Assessor SLA for more details.
You will, of course, need to prepare for the assessment interviews. You'll also need to do some background reading and keep yourself up to date with the APC process.
We'll give you all of the help, guidance and support you need to become a skilled APC assessor. This includes newsletters, an online community and other information to help you keep up to date with the latest APC developments, and regular monitoring to help everyone maintain consistent high standards.
We'll also pay you a nominal fee of £45 for each assessment day, as well as pay for your travel, meal and accommodation expenses (in line with our member expense policy).
Assessor selection and training is subject to a continual analysis of supply and demand. This enables us to prioritise training through identifying shortfalls in professional group pathways and geographical locations where we do not have sufficient numbers of assessors.
At this time we don't have a requirement to increase our number of assessors in the UK, however you can register your interest now so that you'll be the first to know when training becomes available.
If you have been a full RICS member for at least three years please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll need to include your RICS membership number, name and pathway you will be able to assess in your e-mail. Unfortunately we can't add members to the waiting list who don't meet the three year criteria.
I actually became interested in wanting to do this after having my own APC interview. Seeing the friendly, kind and smiling faces of the assessors on the panel really made an impression and I realised I wanted to do that one day.
I attended a training day prior to becoming an assessor. This provided guidance required to perform well as an assessor, including skills such as active listening, recognising signs of nerves and how to make candidates feel more at ease.
I now attend two assessment days each year, at a hotel near Heathrow. Along with two other assessors on a panel, I interview four candidates per day. Its like a military operation, with about 80 assessors overall at the same venue interviewing almost 100 candidates. Credit to the team at RICS who organise this so efficiently.
Each interview lasts one hour and one month before the interview we receive the critical analysis documents for each of the four candidates. We review these and prepare interview questions. We are seeing a good standard of candidates. It has certainly improved in the past couple of years, possibly due to the fact that more courses are available now through RICS Training, helping APC candidates to become better prepared for their interviews.
I am proud to be an RICS member and being an assessor helps me contribute to maintaining the high standards that RICS are recognised for. The things I personally enjoy about being an assessor are:
Tony Ward FRICS is managing director of Award Consulting Ltd in Crawley, West Sussex, UK. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, working for contractors as a quantity surveyor and for professional quantity surveying practices.