APC Support Limited

RICS APC Counsellor

All RICS APC candidates are required to name a counsellor when they enroll onto their APC.

The role of the counsellor is demanding and time consuming. It includes;

  • Advise candidates on the appropriate pathway and competencies selection.
  • Identify any competency gaps.
  • Agree a training plan with clear outputs and deadlines.
  • Guide candidates to select suitable key issues and associated option for their case study.
  • Check and proofread draft submission documents
  • Guide candidates to amend their documents to meet the expected standards
  • Verify that candidates are aware of the RICS best practice and latest legislation.
  • Organise Q&A sessions and formal mock interview
  • Sign off candidates on ARC

A good counsellor;

  • Is available for regular meetings
  • Refuses to sign off candidates who are not yet ready
  • Can dedicate a couple of days to review submission documents
  • Can dedicate a couple of hours to sign candidates off on ARC
  • Understand the APC requirements in-depth
  • Is an active assessor or in contact with active assessors
  • Has completed the counsellor training provided by the RICS

If you are a counsellor

If you need to refresh your skills, we can provide you and your colleagues with specialist training which can be recorded as formal CPD. If the time commitment is an issue, you could consider delegating some of your duties to us through our mentoring services.

If you are a candidate

The RICS has a list of APC mentors who have volunteered to donate an hour or two of their time to candidates who need guidance on a specific aspect of their APC preparation. However, you should not expect these volunteers to sacrifice their work and family commitments in order to become your counsellor.

Your employer, in particular if you are in an apprenticeship, is responsible for providing you with the required training and supervision. Employing an external professional counsellor is a cost effective process to provide candidates with robust support without affecting the business operations.

All our mentors are highly experienced assessors and can be appointed as your counsellor, either as a private arrangement or through your employer. Please contact us to request a free consultation.