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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) APC courses at Kingston University

The APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) is the professional qualification for property, construction and land surveyors. Getting chartered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) involves passing the APC.

Our APC programme provides a wide range of technical and professional courses to help candidates prepare for their final assessment.

APC intensive courses

General Practice Preparation Course (Two days)

  • Location: Kingston University, Manchester, Cardiff

This course covers 18 technical topics appropriate to the various property pathways and tutor-led groups discussing the revised APC submission documents. The preparation course is supported by a 1,000-page technical support course reader and a question bank of practice questions.

Construction – Building Surveying, Project Management and Quantity Surveying Pathways (Two days)

  • Location: Kingston University

This course is tailored for those taking the construction pathways and preparing to take their APC. It covers 19 technical topics appropriate to various construction pathways and tutor-led groups discussing the revised APC submission documents. The preparation course is supported by a 1,000-page technical support course reader and a question bank of practice questions.

Topical Issues (One day)

  • Location: Kingston University

This one-day course (Commercial, Valuation, Residential, Planning and Development pathways), provides an opportunity to gain an update on topical property matters including changes in the law, legal cases, professional practice and real estate issues.

APC technical evening classes

A comprehensive range of two-hour evening classes/workshops covering the key subjects – all held in central London.

RICS Valuation Professional Standards

This course covers the structure of RICS Valuation Professional Standards and how they are used in practice. The various bases of value will be investigated and the way valuers need to report to clients when following the Standards.

Case Study and APC Documents

This course covers completion of the RICS APC submission documents, how to write a case study submission and other RICS requirements.

Rent Reviews under Commercial Leases

This course covers the three stages in handling rent reviews under commercial leases of review activation, valuation to arrive at the revised rent, and resolution procedures where the parties are unable to agree a revised rent.

Business Tenancies

This course covers the structure of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 and the renewal processes including landlord's opposition to a renewal tenancy. The use of PACT to resolve disputes will also be looked at.

Sales, Purchases and Lettings Practice

This course covers the legal framework of acting as an agent, methods of disposal, the use of various marketing approaches, the wider legal implications of acting as an agent and deal closure.

Real Estate (Property) Management

This course covers property management issues in relation to both residential and commercial property including handling consents, service charges and other landlord and tenant issues.

The Investment Method of Valuation

This course covers how the investment method of valuation works in practice with an emphasis on appraising the use of different types of yield in a range of valuation scenarios.

Comparative Method of Valuation

This course covers how the comparative method of valuation works in practice with an emphasis on appraising units of comparison in a range of valuation scenarios.

Development Appraisals and Residual Method

This course covers the use of development appraisal techniques are used in practice (including looking at aspects of planning); also considers how the residual method of valuation works with an emphasis on the data inputs in a range of valuation scenarios.

Planning Law and Practice

This course covers the law and practice of planning at the strategic and operational level including planning the approval of development plans and how planning consent is gained. Enforcement and special protection mechanisms will also be considered.

Professional Practice and Ethics

This course covers the RICS constitution, its representative and regulatory roles, the use of published professional standards, codes of conduct and ethical situations and dilemmas. Other important areas such as negligence, bribery and money laundering will be reviewed.

Property Records / Information Systems

This course covers the use of property records and information systems in the surveying workplace including data protection, legal titles and plans, databases and automated valuation models.

About the APC tutor

Derek Bruce, BSc DipArb LLM FRICS IRRV FCIArb FNAEA (Honoured) FICBA

  • Course director (short courses) Institute of Real Estate
  • Associate professor and chartered surveyor

Derek BruceA graduate of Edinburgh University, Derek qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1984 and was elected a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1993. He gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration from the College of Estate Management and, via examination, became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1996. He was appointed a fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents in 2004.

He has an LLM from Northumbria University in Advanced Property Law specialising in landlord and tenant and service charge matters.

Derek commenced his surveying career in Scotland in the District Valuer's Office spending much time in Shetland. Subsequently he worked for Prudential in London and the South East of England and as an equity partner in a South East England regional firm of Chartered Surveyors. He is appointed as an associate professor in Real Estate at Kingston University (Kingston Law School).

Throughout his career he has dealt with a wide range of property interests from residential to commercial real estate, forestry and agricultural assets to fishing and sea-bed rights, mast sites, open cast mines and schools.

He regularly sits as an assessor of those seeking chartered status, is an external examiner to two national professional societies and to another UK university. He has sat as a member of the RICS Governing Council.

He is appointed by a number of major international surveying practices to lead professional training programmes in the UK and at other international destinations including Bahrain, the Bahamas, Russia, Europe and Scotland. He has appeared as an expert witness in county and High Court cases and before various tribunals.

In October 2014, he was made an Honoured Fellow of the National Association of Estate Agents.

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