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RICS APC Intensive Preparation Course: Construction (BS/QS) (APC02)

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Course information

Why do this course?

The APC (Assessment of Professional Competence) is the professional qualification for property surveyors. Getting chartered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) involves passing the APC. This course is part of a wide range of technical and professional courses offered by Kingston University to help candidates prepare for their final assessment.

Course description

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.

Course structure


  • 8.30am – Course registration and refreshments
  • 9.15am – Introduction and outline of course objectives
  • 9.25am – Outline of the final assessment requirements
  • 10.05am – Topical overview of the construction industry
  • 10.50am – Morning break
  • 11.10am – Building contracts
  • 12.05pm – Asbestos
  • 1.05pm – Lunch
  • 2.00pm – Procurement and tendering
  • 2.50pm – Professional practice and ethics
  • 3.25pm – Break
  • 3.40pm – Contract administration
  • 4.25pm – Equality legislation
  • 4.45pm – Works progress
  • 5.25pm – Plenary
  • 5.30pm – End of day one


  • 8.45am – Course registration and refreshments
  • 9.00am – Welcome
  • 9.05am – Health and safety
  • 9.55am – Building pathology
  • 11.00am – Morning break
  • 11.20am – Tutor group
  • 12.50pm – Lunch
  • 1.35pm – Dispute resolution
  • 2.25pm – Party wall, etc Act
  • 3.10pm – Repairs and dilapidations
  • 3.50pm – Afternoon break
  • 4.05pm – CDM regulations
  • 4.40pm – Mandatory competencies 
  • 4.55pm – Plenary
  • 5.00pm – Course closure

What will you take away?

This course prepares candidates for their final RICS assessment.


Graduate/already working in the field.

Course tutor

Derek Bruce

Booking information

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APC short courses team
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 5151
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Derek Bruce: Course Tutor for the APC Preparation courses

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About the APC tutor

Derek Bruce is an active chartered surveyor and associate professor responsible for leading the delivery of short courses for those seeking professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or who wish to gain new or reinforce existing skills and knowledge.

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