The APC demands that candidates show a thorough technical and professional knowledge based on relevant experience. Kingston University’s School of Surveying & Planning offers a wide range of technical and professional courses twice a year to help candidates prepare for their final assessment.
Our courses are run under the direction of the School of Surveying & Planning here at Kingston University, and are tutored by both Kingston Academic staff, and experienced APC assessors, in working practices.
APC Intensive Courses
2 day APC General Practice Preparation Course, Manchester - Unit 192 - 16-17 August 2013
A two-day course for those following the General Practice route covering the basics of a range of technical areas. The course will be suitable for those following the Valuation, Residential, Planning and Development faculty routes.
This two-day revision course covers technical issues and includes the opportunity to discuss problems with APC Assessors in small groups. This course will help you prepare for your Assessment Day through a mixture of technical update sessions and practical training in how to present your experience. The courses are supported by detailed revision notes.
During the two-day course you will be actively involved in sessions and small group discussions, with opportunities to comment upon your prepared Critical Analysis.
This course is tailored to Surveyors preparing to take their APC. It will review the construction industry in general and competency topics in particular. There is group learning and discussion with opportunity for candidates to raise specific issues such as Critical Analysis topics/content and referral review. A full pack of training material will be provided.
1 day Topical Issues Course, Kingston University - Unit 193 - 16 March 2013
1 day Topical Issues Course, Kingston University - Unit 193 - 14 September 2013
This one day course at Kingston University builds on the Real Estate basics covered at the two-day preparation course and, where attended, the evening seminars. It will focus on the cutting edge and current technical and professional issues affecting the profession and which are frequently covered at the APC final Assessment. A separate pack of notes will be available covering a range of competency areas, and will cover topics such as: - Recent case law; New statutory provisions; Current RICS thinking/codes/guidance; notes and events; Valuation methods in the workplace; The investment market; Building construction and pathology; Understanding maps and plans; Other areas which are relevant at the time; Government announcements and strategy. The course will also cover typical frequently asked questions and their answers!!
APC Technical Evening Classes
A comprehensive range of 2-hour evening classes/workshops held at a London venue covering the key subjects:
Critical Analysis Report Writing Evening - Unit 189
Choosing a suitable case; how to present it; key issues; pitfalls; etc.
Business Tenancies - Unit 198
Introduction to the principle; security of tenure; contracting out; statutory notices; grounds of opposition; interim rent; compensation, etc.
Commercial Rent Reviews - Unit 202
Introduction to the principle; political arena; lease mechanism; drafting leases; activation; rental valuation; dispute resolution; etc.
RICS Valuation Standards - Unit 199
Introduction to the principle; International context; outline of the Red Book; practice statements; market value; other definitions; depreciated replacement cost, etc.
Investment Valuation Method - Unit 200
Introduction to the principle; definitions; construction of valuation tables; traditional valuation methods; contemporary valuation models; etc
Property Sales & Lettings - Unit 201
Introduction to estate agency; RICS estate agency manual; agency controls; types of agency; commission; methods of sale; board sizes; e-sales, etc.
Planning Law & Practice - Unit 195
Evolution of the planning system; the old and the new planning systems; development control, etc; planning applications; National planning guidance.
Comparative Valuation Method - Unit 197
Introduction to the principle; quality of evidence; basis of unit comparison; code of measuring practice; rental analysis, etc.
Property Management - Unit 203
Privity; breaks; landlord’s consent; service charges ; estate management ; maintenance management
Professional Practice & Ethics - Unit 204
Introduction to the principle; privileges and duties; Brooke review; RICS structure; conduct regulations; Carsberg report; setting up in practice, etc.
Development Appraisals - Unit 196
Sustainable development; development process; economic market; planning; physical characteristics; legal matters; comparison method; residual method; agreements; planning gain supplement.
“ I passed my APC and am now enjoying the life of a chartered surveyor.
I thought the two day course I attended was excellent….”
Alex Tilley BSc (Hons) MRICS
Lambert Smith Hampton
“I passed first time...largely down to the excellent courses that Kingston University set up and run...I will strongly recommend these courses to internal and external colleagues.”
Matthew Potter BSc (Hons) MRICS
Surveyor (Property Investments)
“… the guidance I received over the two days contributed significantly to me passing first time.”
Steve Barrett BA (Hons), PG Dip Surv, MRICS
Hurst Warne & Partners LLP
“I found the course extremely insightful and well worth the cost. During the duration of my training period I worked in a small office with guidance and help where required but no formal APC tuition - the Kingston course really did shape my revision and provide me with valuable information in order to get through the interview successfully. “
Stuart Waite MRICS
CB Richard Ellis
“I believe that the Kingston course is one of the reasons why I was successful…..”
Andrew Gregory MRICS
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