Record of Experience and Diary

Completing your Summary of Experience

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FOREWORD: Please be aware that this post is not an official RICS guidance.

All the advice given in this blog is based on my personal interpretation of the APC Candidate’s Guide which I have enhanced through many discussions with fellow APC Mentors and APC Assessors.

Sonia Desloges MRICS

Director, APC Support Ltd

Completing your Summary of Experience

Your summary of experience will form the basis of the assessors’ questioning so it is really worth spending time to get it right. If you are following the Preliminary Review route, a poor summary of experience is also likely to receive a ‘Not suitable for you to proceed’ response and delay your interview.

So what do assessors expect to see in your summary of experience?

  • A demonstration that you have achieved the required levels
  • Statements relevant to your declared competencies
  • Precise and concise real project examples
  • A broad range of experience
  • Professional vocabulary and grammar

Writing your summary of experience correctly is a time consuming exercise. It is not unusual for candidates to spend over an hour on each competency – it is really not as easy as it seems! – and it is a smart idea to start working on it about 6 months before your interview.

Word limit

The word limit for the Mandatory Competencies is 1,500 words maximum. This represents approximately 100 words per ‘box’.

The word limit for Technical and Optional Competencies is between 3,000 to 4,000 words.

As different pathways have different numbers of competencies this adds up to approximately;

  •  Circa 160 words per box for Building Surveyors and Quantity Surveyors
  • Circa 125 words per box for Project Managers
  • Circa 185 words per box for Built Infrastructure

 Assessors aim to focus on your levels 3 so the rule of thumb is to write less words in level 1 and provide more details in level 3.

 

A demonstration that you have achieved the required levels

Level 1: learning

At level 1 you will be tested on the theoretical knowledge deemed required to carry out your job diligently.

You should (very briefly) explain how you achieved this level: university degree, self-study, employer’s structured training, CPD, etc. and mention the topics that you have studied. Assessors will use your statements as a starting point for their questioning but be aware that you are expected to be familiar with all the topics listed within your pathway guide. Assessors may also use your CPD records and case study to test your levels 1 and they may bounce back on your answers during your interview to assess some areas of knowledge in more details.

Level 2: doing

In level 2, you should describe how you have put the theoretical knowledge acquired in level 1 into practice. Depending on your professional experience, you may not have been exposed to all the activities listed in your pathway guide. This is why it is important that you provide the assessors with precise information for their questioning.

You should pick between 1 and 3 activities listed under the relevant competency in your pathway guide and explain in details the process you followed to carry out these activities in one or several of your projects. You do not have to name the project if you do not wish to, but you should let the assessors know what type of project it was: an office refurbishment, a new industrial warehouse, a university teaching unit, etc.

Level 3: advising

Unfortunately, many candidates struggle to demonstrate level 3 in their Summary of Experience.

At this level, you need to demonstrate that you have provided reasoned advice to a client. If you work for a contractor, this may be an internal client such as a director or another department in your company and if you work for a sub-contractor, this may be the main contractor in the project. Explaining to a trainee how to carry out a task can count towards your CPD hours but it does not constitute reasoned advice as per the APC requirements.

To overcome this hurdle, think of your levels 3 like mini case studies:

First, on which topic did you have to provide advice? Present the assessors with some brief background if necessary.

Secondly, what factors did you have to consider to ensure that you would provide suitable advice? This may be some specific site conditions, some budget constraints, some technical issues, some programme considerations, etc.

Then, what course of action did you recommend and why? It is critical that you answer the question ‘why?’ to achieve level 3. The more you can demonstrate that you applied logical thinking, the better.

And finally, what outcome – hopefully positive! – resulted from your advice?

 

Statements relevant to your declared competencies

The APC requirements are very strict and you must be watchful that the statements and examples that you relate in your Summary of Experience reflect your selected competencies. For example, you may have gained experience in planning and programming but if it is not one of your technical or optional competencies, there is really no benefit in expanding on the topic for your APC.

 Your starting point should always be your pathway guide. You should constantly refer to the examples of activities listed under each competency as you write your Summary of Experience.

 Other useful sources of information are i-surv (most APC candidates should have access to it free of charge via the RICS website) and the ‘Black Book’. The Black Book is a series of best practice publications for Quantity Surveyors and is available free of charge as a pdf download. The easiest way to locate it is to type ‘black book’ in the search engine on the RICS website.

The Black Book is also very useful for candidates from other construction pathways (Project Management & Building Surveying) as they share several competencies with Quantity Surveying.

And obviously, if help is available, I would recommend that you discuss the competency requirements with your counsellor, APC mentors, assessors and previous candidates. You may well find out that they do not all have the same understanding of the competencies, as it will depend on their area of specialism, but they will provide you with some precious insight if you get stuck with writing your Summary of Experience.

 

Precise and concise real project examples & A broad range of experience

At levels 2 and 3, it is essential that you enhance your statements with examples of activities that YOU have carried out in your projects.

Assessors do not need to know the full project details nor the exhaustive description of what other people have done. They are only interested in the process that YOU followed.

Some unsatisfactory examples would be:

Project Financial Control and Reporting, Level 2;

‘I am responsible for producing reports in most of my projects, which I do with professionalism and high standards of work.’

 Here, the candidate does not provide any evidence to support his generic statement.

Construction Technology, Level 3;

‘I always advise to use steel frame in all my projects because it is cheaper and faster.’

 The advice provided should be tailored to the specificities of the project and client. While steel frame may be generally cheaper and faster, it is not the best technical solution for all projects and the candidate is not demonstrating any logical reasoning in this statement.

Suggested wording:

Procurement and Tendering, Level 3;

‘In the office refurbishment project in Manchester, I was asked to advise my client on the most appropriate procurement route. I organised a meeting with my client and several stakeholders to understand their key priorities. In this case, it was critical that the planned completion date was achieved and they were willing to transfer a large proportion of risks onto the contractor. I explained that the contractor would be charging a risk premium which my client acknowledged. Retaining control over the design was not critical in this simple refurbishment project. Basing my advice on my experience and the use of a procurement scoring matrix, I recommended a design and build procurement route. This route would enable my client to start the project on site earlier thus providing a greater float towards the end of the project. It would also give my client the ability to harness the contractor’s expertise and transfer all design risks. My client accepted my advice and the project was completed within the required timescales.’

 As this example is based on a fictional project, it is still rather generic and you may add more or less details as relevant to your project.

 

Selection of project examples

 I have only presented one project example in this blog as an illustration, but you may state 2 or 3 examples in each level 2 and each level 3 to demonstrate a broader range of experience if a single example is too narrow.

 Obviously you will find yourself limited with the word count which is why being concise but precise is crucial. In the other extreme, do not try to squeeze in as many examples as possible as you would have to be so brief that the quality of your submission would suffer.

 Be also mindful that some areas of your competencies will be more important than others. For example, under Contract Practice, you are expected to have provided advice on the most appropriate form of contract to achieve level 3, or at least be able to convince your assessors that you would know exactly how to proceed if you had to.

 If you do not mention a key topic in your Summary of Experience, you should still expect to be questioned about it during your interview.

Based on my experience, candidates may adopt several strategies when selecting their project examples.

 One possible strategy would be to provide a single very detailed example (by detailed, I mean that the process is being described in details). The likely outcome is that the assessors will ask you a couple of in-depth questions on this example and then a few high level questions on the other aspects of the competency. The advantage of this strategy is that you are less likely to be grilled on detailed aspects of the topics you have not written about. The disadvantage is that you cannot foresee on which areas assessors may choose to question you and you will have to revise the whole scope of the competency.

 Another possible strategy would be to provide three examples and drop a few hooks to try to tease the assessors to question you on this topics. The advantage of this strategy is that you will know on which areas you should focus your revisions. The disadvantage is that you would need to know these topics in great depth.

You should also be aware that assessors can spot a hook a mile away and may choose to deliberately ignore them!

The strategy I would recommend – but this is my personal opinion – is to provide a well detailed example and enhance your submission with one or two additional shorter examples to give assessors ample material for questioning on which you can prepare in advance.

 Some questions will probably still take you by surprise but if you can answer most of the assessors’ questions precisely and with confidence, you will be on the right track to becoming chartered.

 

Final tips

As you read once again your final draft before sending it to the RICS, it is worth focusing on a few last points;

  • Check your grammar and spelling – Get a couple of people to proofread your submission.
  • Stick to the present or past time but do not mix both.
  • Use the first person – Assessors are only interested in what YOU did.
  • Use active phrases rather than passive.
  • Use the appropriate terminology in particular in contract practice and rules of conduct – If you are unsure, check in a textbook or google it!
  • Give some breathing space to your summary of experience by jumping to the line between topics.
  • Justify text.
  • Check that font and size are consistent throughout your submission.
  • And once again, make sure that your levels 3 demonstrate logical reasoning like mini-case studies.

Further help

If you require a detailed review of your APC submission documents, we offer this service for APC candidates in all Construction pathways both in the UK and outside the UK. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.apcsupport-ltd.co.uk/mock-apc-mentoring

We also organise revision modules for PM and QS, as well as APC workshops for all construction pathways. Please check here our latest availabilities: http://www.apcsupport-ltd.co.uk/book-on-line

And as always, we are on Twitter @APCsupport_NW and you can send me an invite on LinkedIn if you would like to be notified of our latest events.

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Understanding the APC Submission Template

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20160507_065556[1].jpgFOREWORD: Please be aware that this post is not an official RICS guidance.

All the advice given in this blog is based on my personal interpretation of the APC Candidate’s Guide 2015 which I have enhanced through many discussions with fellow APC Mentors and APC Assessors.

Sonia Desloges MRICS

Director, APC Support Ltd

Understanding the APC Submission Template

 If you intend to sit your APC in the next 12 months, it is a good idea to start familiarising yourself with the APC Submission Template.

All candidates must use the Word Document template available to download from the RICS website under your relevant pathway. Be aware that new versions are uploaded regularly, so make sure that you use the latest version for your final submission.

In some part of the world, you will probably be already using the on-line system but all the advice below still applies.

The RICS requires that you use dividers between sections (as stated in the APC Final Assessment Guide) and most candidates choose to also add a front cover and page of contents which is a smart idea as you are expected to present your submission to professional standards.

TIP: You may download an example here and amend it to suit but I would recommend that you keep it plain: APC Submission Cover and Dividers

Remember that you will need to send 4 bound hard copies so do not leave the printing and binding to the last minute!

The APC Submission Template contains 8 sections which I will review one by one.

  1. Candidate Details
  2. Summary of Experience
  3. Case Study
  4. CPD Records
  5. Ethics Certificate
  6. Log Book (If applicable)
  7. Referral report (referred candidates only)
  8. Updated submission (referred candidates only)

 

 1. Candidate Details

Candidate and Counsellor / Supervisor Details

You only need to provide your name, pathway and some basic information about yourself and your supervisor / counsellor in this section. You also need to attach a professional picture (as opposed to one from Facebook!).

Do not forget to sign it and to get your counsellor and supervisor (if any) to sign it.

Having a supervisor is optional but I would suggest that you take up the extra support if it is offered to you.

Submission Checklist

The purpose of this section is to check that you have included all the required documents in your submission. Therefore use it for this purpose: CHECK before ticking all the boxes!

Qualifications and Employment History

Complete this section as you would for a brief CV to give the assessors an idea of experience to date.

TIP: If you want to delete some of the text in grey, hit the ‘space’ key as ‘delete’ does not work.

2. Summary of Experience

This section is the most important part of your APC submission and I have dedicated a separate post to it – Follow the link: Completing your Summary of Experience

 

3. Case Study

This is also a topic in itself and I have written several posts about the case study:

Part 1: Selecting your key issue

Part 2: Writing your case study to the requisite format

Part 3: Perfecting your draft.

 

4. CPD Records

You need to record your CPD hours as per the specified format. Please do not amend it.

As an APC candidate, you need to complete 48 hours of CPD every 12 months, which can be pro-rata to 24 hours in your final 6 months. At least 50% must be formal CPD.

Activity type: Was it a seminar, a training class, a university project, an on-line CPD, in-house briefing, personal reading, internet search, mentoring, etc?

Purpose: You should not attend CPD events just for the sake of it; you need to attend them with the aim of learning something in relation to your job.

You need to identify where the gaps in your knowledge are and research how you can address them. We regularly post suggestions and ideas on our Twitter feed. If you are really struggling, subscribing to the RICS CPD Foundation would be a sound investment.

Description: Briefly explain what the event was; it will usually be the description given by the CPD provider. Please also specify who delivered this CPD, or in which journal or website you read an article for example.

Learning outcome: You went there for a purpose, but did it meet your expectations? What have you learnt?

TIP: Be careful, this section is an excellent source of questions for assessors! If you state that you attended a 3-hour CPD on the difference between JCT and NEC contract, the assessors will expect you to be reasonably clued up on the topic.

Formal or informal: Please refer to the RICS guidance to select. It is not the end of the world if you get the odd one wrong but do apply some common sense!

The RICS guidance is available to download here: Formal and Informal CPD Examples

It gives you many examples of formal and informal CPD’s and should help you to get started.

If you studied on a day release or completed a master, you can record part of your final year studies as CPD.

As a chartered surveyor, you will have to complete 20 hours of CPD every year. You need to demonstrate that you have embraced this requirement. The assessors will not be impressed if all your CPD hours come from your company’s graduate development programme or your university degree! Put yourself in the assessors’ shoes for a moment: How will you achieve your CPD hours once you have left the graduate programme?

A few final points on CPD:

  • This is a small industry; the chances that one of your assessors delivered a seminar that you pretended to attend are greater than you think – Do not make things up!
  • Networking events, even organised by the RICS, are not CPD.
  • Attend CPD’s on a variety of topics relevant to your job.
  • Use a variety of sources: personal reading, seminars, on-line training, etc.
  • 48 hours is a minimum; feel free to record more!
  • But remember that everything that you record as CPD can be a source of questioning.

 

 5. Ethics Certificate

All candidates are required to complete the online ethics training and test and attach their certificate to their submission. Therefore, make sure that you complete the test a couple of months before you send your documents!

The test consists of scenario-type questions and is not as easy as it may seem. ‘I decline politely’ is certainly not always the correct answer!

The RICS will e-mail you your personal login details to take the test as soon as you are eligible to sit your APC. If you have not received the e-mail, first check that your contact details are correct under your profile on the RICS website and then e-mail apc@rics.org to enquire.

6. Log Book

If you are required to follow a period of structured training, you need to download the log book from the RICS website under your specific pathway and incorporate it into your APC submission template.

Generally, candidates with less than 5 year experience need to follow a minimum 24 months and those with less than 10 years, 12 months but the RICS will have confirmed this when you enrolled.

The log book records the amount of experience in days that you have gained in each competency each year. It is populated from your APC diary.

Please refer to our previous post: Free Excel Template for APC Diary

 

7. Referral Report

If this is not your first attempt, please attach your referral report in this section. The assessors will question you on all your competencies again but they will try to focus on the areas highlighted in your referral.

TIP: Ethics Certificate, Log Book and Referral Report fall under a section entitled ‘Additional Documentation’ in the APC Template but the RICS specifies in the APC Final Assessment Guide that dividers must be included for each of them.

8. Updated submission (referred candidate only)

If you have been referred, you cannot amend your original submission but you need to complete this section to address the deficiencies identified in your referral report.

 Do not forget to update your CPD records too!

 Further advice to referred candidates will be provided in a separate post.

 

Further help

If you require a detailed review of your APC submission documents, we offer this service for APC candidates in all Construction pathways both in the UK and outside the UK. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.apcsupport-ltd.co.uk/mock-apc-mentoring

We also organise revision modules for PM and QS, as well as APC workshops for all construction pathways. Please check here our latest availabilities: http://www.apcsupport-ltd.co.uk/book-on-line

And as always, we are on Twitter @APCsupport_NW and you can send me an invite on LinkedIn if you would like to be notified of our latest events.

My APC: Getting started

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FOREWORD: Please be aware that this post is not an official RICS guidance.

All the advice given in this blog is based on my personal interpretation of the APC Candidate’s Guide which I have enhanced through many discussions with fellow APC Mentors and APC Assessors.

Sonia Desloges MRICS

Enrolment

You came across this so I guess that one of your top goals is to become MRICS as soon as possible… but how do you get started?

First thing first, if you have not already done it, you need to enrol onto the APC on the RICS website. Use the on-line wizard to establish whether you need to follow a period a structured training or not. (Link to the wizard here)

Following your enrolment, the RICS will contact you to confirm the earliest date when you will be eligible to sit your interview. Many candidates elect to defer their interview in order to make sure that they have gained sufficient relevant experience, so do not feel under pressure to rush into it!

Key Dates and fees

The required fees and deadlines for enrolment and preliminary review (if relevant) are contained in the RICS guidance available here: APC Enrolment supplementary guide – Oct 2015

The deadline to send your APC Submission Template depends on your pathway and you can find the UK dates in the Final Assessment Guide Aug 2015 UK.

For construction pathways, the deadlines are:

For Spring interviews (Session 1):

Preliminary review: By 8th November (UAE / Dubai/Rest of GCC)

                                        By 30th November (UK)

Apply between:         1 – 6 February  (UAE / Dubai)

                                       8-15 February (UK)

                                       20 – 24 February (Rest of GCC)

Submit documentation between:

                                       24 – 28 February (UAE / Dubai)

                                       17 – 21 March (Rest of GCC)

                                       15 – 31 March (UK)

For Autumn interviews (Session 2):

Preliminary review:  By 2nd May  (UAE / Dubai/Rest of GCC)

                                        By 31st May (UK)

Apply between:          17 – 21 July (UAE / Dubai)

                                        8-15 August (UK)

                                        20 – 24 August (Rest of GCC)

Submit documentation between:

                                        06 – 10 August (UAE / Dubai)

                                        10 – 14 September (Rest of GCC)

                                        15 – 30 September (UK)

For land and property pathways, the deadlines and interviews are a month earlier.

If you are sitting your APC outside the UK, you can obtain your local guidance on the RICS website in the ‘APC Final Assessment’ section by selecting the appropriate country on top of the RICS website.

Preliminary review

If you hold a non-RICS accredited degree, you may still enrol onto the APC if you have sufficient experience or are already a member of a RICS approved professional body.

Please call the RICS Membership Operations on 044 (0)24 7686 8433 (or your local RICS office if you are outside the UK), to check whether you qualify.

You will not need to follow a period of structured training but you will need to attend a couple of on-line training sessions and send your submission for preliminary review. A team of assessors will decide whether your submission is of sufficient quality to be sent for final assessment. If so, you will be given the opportunity to fine-tune your submission based on the assessors’ feedback before sending your final version.

Submission documents

You need to download a number of useful documents from the RICS website at this link http://www.rics.org/uk/apc/pathway-guides.

Click on your pathway and check that you are looking at the correct section whether you are aiming for Assoc membership or full chartered membership (MRICS).

We will find a number of documents for download under each pathway;

  • APC Submission Template (Word document)

This is the only document that all APC candidates must submit.

I deal with the submission template in a separate post: ‘Understanding the APC Submission Template’.

  • Several guides (PDF)

They contain answers to most candidates’ questions so do take the time to read them!

  • APC Self assessment form

You can use this template to record your progress and training needs with your counsellor or supervisor, which the RICS recommends to discussed every 3 months. You do not have to submit this document so you may use your own template or keep it completely informal if it suits you better.

  • Log book

This is a document that you need to incorporate into your APC submission template if you are required to carry out a period of structured training.

Generally candidates with less than 5 year experience need to follow a minimum 24 months and those with less than 10 years, 12 months.

The log book records the amount of experience in days that you have gained in each competency each year. It is populated from your APC diary.

  • APC candidate diary template

You need to record your professional experience on a regular basis in this template in order to work out the totals for your log book but you do not have to submit it.

The RICS template is not really user friendly so I have created an excel version that automatically calculates your log book for you.

To access the diary template and more information on the diary and the log book, please read my previous post ‘Free excel template for APC diary’.

I have published a number of other posts, which you may find useful as you progress in your APC preparation:

Case study part 1: Selecting your key issue

Case study part 2: Writing to the requisite format

Case Study – Part 3: Perfecting your draft.

The interview: the assessor’s perspective

How do you convert your 3000 word case study into a 10-minute presentation?

Visual aids for your presentation

 

CONTACT US

If you have any queries, you can contact us via e-mail at Sonia@APCsupport-ltd.co.uk to either have a quick chat or discuss our mentoring services and revision webinars. You can find more details here: http://www.apcsupport-ltd.co.uk/services

And don’t forget to keep an eye out on the blog and our twitter handle @APCsupport_NW!

Best of luck!

Free Excel template for APC diary

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Excel Template

Recording your Diary diligently requires a degree of self-discipline and rigour which should be supported by suitable user-friendly tools. With all due respect to the RICS, the Word document template available on the website is not one that I would recommend to APC candidates; the principal reason is that candidates have to manually calculate the total of days spent on each competency which is a terribly tedious exercise.

I was fortunate to be passed on a very practical Excel template by a fellow APC candidate when I started recording my diary some years ago. Having since become an APC Mentor, I have found that candidates from very different backgrounds are also using variants of this template.

For clarity, I do not owe the copyright to this template; I do not know where it originates from but it has been going around the APC community for a long time and I have added my own amendments over the years. I hope that its original author will take no offence that I offer it as a free download and that APC candidates will find it as useful as I did.

Click here for download (QS Version): APC Diary – Template – QS

Click here for download (PM Version): APC Diary – Template – PM

Click here for download (CP Version): APC Diary – Template – CP

The Competency Summary will give you the totals that you need to enter in your Log Book for a given year. You will need to complete one Diary per year for the formulas to operate correctly. See the Guidance Notes in the first tab.

Who needs to record a diary?

Before you rush completing the template, please be aware that not all candidates are required to keep an APC Diary. Only candidates with an RICS accredited degree and less than 10 years relevant experience need to follow a period of structured training which they must record in their Diary.

Candidates with less than 5 years experience must record a MINIMUM of 24 months AND 400 days before being eligible for the Final Assessment interview.

Candidates between 5 and 10 years experience must record a MINIMUM of 12 months AND 200 days before being eligible for the Final Assessment interview.

It may happen that your structured training was put on hold for a few months (unemployment, maternity leave, sabbatical, etc.). In such case, I would suggest that you leave the relevant months blank (add a note somewhere explaining why) and resume recording your experience until you have achieved the required 200 days or 400 days.

The 12 and 24 month periods are a minimum requirement and it is rare that candidates have gained sufficient relevant professional experience to sit their Final Assessment within the minimum period. You must therefore keep recording your Diary and Record of Experience until you submit your final documentation for your interview, and beyond if you are unfortunately referred.

On a side note, remember that if you change employer or Counsellor or Supervisor during your APC preparation, you must notify the RICS in writing immediately using the form available on the RICS website.

 

Recording your experience before graduation

At least 12 months of your structured training must take place AFTER graduation with a RICS accredited degree, but you may qualify for recording some of the experience that you have gained before graduation.

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If you are completing your degree part-time (either a BSc at University or a distance-learning post-graduate degree) and are employed in a relevant role, you can record your experience during your final year of study BUT you must have enrolled onto the APC (and paid £502 fee). You can only backdate your records by one month. Please also note that there are a number of deadlines to be respected as detailed on the RICS website. When you enrol, you should receive a letter from the RICS confirming when you can start recording your experience and the earliest date at which you may be eligible for sitting your Final Assessment.

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If you have more than 5 year experience and are completing a post-graduate RICS accredited degree, you may be able to complete your degree and your 12-month structured training concurrently. Please contact the RICS to check whether you qualify.

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If you are doing a sandwich year / placement as part of your accredited degree, you can record your experience providing that you are registered as a RICS student member and that a RICS member or fellow (MRICS or FRICS) acts as your Counsellor and provides you with a letter confirming the dates of your placement. Your Counsellor must also sign off the competency levels that you have achieved during your placement.

After graduation, you must enrol onto the APC (and pay £502 fee) as soon as employed and record at least 12 months post-graduation experience with a minimum of 400 days in total.

Tips and Advices

You are not required to supply your diary within your Final Submission documents but the RICS may request a copy, in particular if they suspect that your Log Book or Record of Experience is not representative of your actual experience. Therefore do not even entertain the idea of not keeping a Diary!

I found that my Diary was an invaluable source of examples for my record of experience, during my interview and to discuss my progress and training needs with my Supervisor and Counsellor.

For this reason, you should try to include as much information as possible for each entry: name of project, stage of works, brief description of the task undertaken, key figures, etc. You would be surprised how quickly you can forget all about a project!

Whereas I am an awful example as I was constantly a few months behind my Diary, I can only strongly advise all candidates to keep your Diary up-to-date. I have spent days going through my Outlook calendar and files trying to remember what on earth I had been working on for the last couple of months! Trust me, this is not a smart way to be spending your time when you are trying to issue your Final Submission documents by the deadline while keeping up with the day job.

A few more practical points:

You should only record your technical competencies (core and optional), not your mandatory competencies

You can only record full days or half days, not hours. If several competencies are covered within the same activity, select the dominant one or alternate over several days if the activity lasted more than half a day.

Ideally you should try to have a balanced experience at the end of your structured training but ultimately quality is more important than quantity. You should also aim to achieve circa 25 days in each optional competency, but once again it will depend on your personal circumstances.

Unfortunately recording 100 days in Quantification will not suffice to attain Level 3 if all the experience gained is limited to measuring items on CAD measure; you will need to gain varied and in-depth experience in each competency in order to be ready to sit our Final Assessment. But if you think carefully about it, you may have actually gained some experience in Construction Technology or Sustainability while measuring some items?

A solid understanding of the competencies and constant reference to your Pathway Guide will be key in putting you on the right path to understanding the expectations of your APC panel and completing your Diary efficiently.

Best of luck!

Contact us

If you are having issues downloading the template or have any queries or comments on this post, please feel free to get in touch via e-mail at Sonia@APCsupport-ltd.co.uk

Would you like to attend one of our seminars and workshops in the North-West for more personalised support?

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