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Professional Experience Route Applicant Guide

Professional Experience Route

Applicant Guide

Introduction and application


July 2013

Applicant Guide
Professional Experience Route

Introduction and application


Introduction
Route to membership...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Applicant profile........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Process................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Pathways and competencies................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4

Application
Requirements............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Qualifications................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5 Professional experience................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5 Training and development.......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 Proposer............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5

Introduction and application

July 2013

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Applicant Guide
Professional Experience Route

Introduction
This guide will provide you with an overview of the Professional Experience Route.

Applicant profile
To be eligible, you must have a degree (in any subject) or a graduate-level professional qualication. If you need to check that your qualications are at the right level, please contact RICS for advice. You must have a minimum of ve years relevant experience (at the level expected of a graduate professional) since you gained your degree/ professional qualication.

Route to membership
RICS offers this route to membership to give applicants recognition for relevant experience. If you have been working in the surveying sector, you should have been gaining the competencies you need for professional practice. RICS recognises that a graduate with a period of high-level relevant experience can achieve the level of practice expected of an RICS member. You apply by submitting evidence of your competence to RICS. There is a preliminary written assessment of your evidence. As a result of the preliminary assessment, you will either be invited to a nal assessment interview, or be informed what further knowledge or experience you need to gain before nal assessment. If you are successful at nal assessment you will become a member of RICS.

Process
There are three key stages on the Professional Experience Route: 1. Application 2. Submission submit written evidence to demonstrate how you meet the required level of competence 3.  Final assessment interview complete online ethics module and test and attend an interview Guides are available to support you through the process and will be made available as you progress through each stage. You will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on preparing your submissions and preparing for your nal assessment interview. Ultimately however, you are responsible for your progress through each stage. The time it takes for you to become an RICS member will depend on your personal circumstances and work schedule. The diagram on the following page shows the process.

Introduction and application

July 2013

rics.org/experience

Applicant Guide
Professional Experience Route

Application

STAGE 1

evidence of qualifications professional experience training and development proposer if unsuccessful Advised to consider gaining further academic or work experience or alternative route to membership

Pathways and competencies


The RICS qualication covers many different professional disciplines in land, property and construction. RICS has identied competencies required for each of these disciplines, and each set of competencies is known as a pathway. You must select the pathway that reects your job see www.rics.org/pathway. Contact RICS to discuss this with a representative if you are in any doubt. There is a pathway guide for each set of competencies, which explains the competencies in detail in the context of your chosen pathway. These can be downloaded from www.rics.org/pathway

Evaluation by RICS

approved for PER Preliminary workshop

Submission

STAGE 2

 Summary of experience against technical and mandatory competencies 2000-3000 words  Case study 2000 words  12 months CPD record  organisation chart Assessment by RICS assessor

Competencies
A competency is a statement of the capabilities required to perform a specic role and is based upon behaviours, knowledge, skills and attitudes. RICS competencies, detailed in the pathway guide, are written in levels of expertise. Advised of actions to take before resubmitting Level 1 is about technical knowledge and understanding Level 2 is about the application of knowledge and understanding  Level 3 is about giving reasoned advice and/or depth of technical knowledge Each pathway requires you to demonstrate three types of competency:  Mandatory personal, interpersonal and business skills common to all pathways Core compulsory and related to the primary skills of your chosen pathway Optional selected by you from the list for your chosen pathway

not ready for nal assessment

approved for nal assessment Final assessment workshop

Online ethics module and test on successful completion

STAGE 3

Final assessment interview


60-minute competencebased interview Assessment by RICS members if successful if unsuccessful Referred to apply for further interview

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Introduction and application

July 2013

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Applicant Guide
Professional Experience Route

Application
This section explains the information you must give RICS in your application form.

Proposer
You must provide the name and contact details of a proposer. This should preferably be an RICS member who knows you and your work. If you do not know anyone suitable, you can provide the details of your line manager or HR/training manager (although later in the process a signature from an RICS member will be needed). You should provide your proposer with the proposer and sponsor guide so he/she understands his/her responsibilities. RICS may contact your proposer for a brief conrmation that the information you have given in your application form is accurate. Your completed application form, including evidence of your qualications, must be sent to RICS digitally.

Requirements
It is important to give RICS as much relevant information as possible right from the outset. RICS will use this information to give you early guidance on how closely you meet the prole the assessors will be looking for. There are two main elements to the initial scrutiny: your knowledge base and your experience.

Qualifications
You must provide details of your degree (or equivalent professional qualication). RICS will check this to ensure it meets the basic requirements. Please scan your degree certicate or evidence of professional qualication, and forward it to RICS with your application.

Professional experience
You must complete a detailed record of your professional experience.

Training and development


RICS regards continuing professional development (CPD) as essential for all responsible professionals. If you are approved for the Professional Experience Route you will need to submit a record of your CPD that covers your completed CPD activities from the past 12 months, this should be a minimum of 20 hours.

Introduction and application

July 2013

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