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RICS APC Intensive Preparation Course: Topical Property Update (APC03)

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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 allows an opportunity to gain an update on topical property matters including changes in the law, legal cases, professional practice and real estate issues. 

Course structure

  • 8.30am – Course registration and refreshments
  • 9.15am – Welcome
  • 9.20am – Technical topics 1
    • Analysis of client requirements
    • Localism Act 2011
    • Break clauses – including impact on value
    • Rating (DB)
    • Permitted development rights
  • 11.00am – Coffee break
  • 11.20am – Technical topics 2
    • Landlord and tenant
    • Illegal occupiers
    • Sustainability and value
    • EPCs and MEPS
    • Flooding and flood-risk (SS)
    • Bribery Act 2010
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.10pm – Technical topics 3
    • A Case to Answer Presentation
    • Professional Conduct
    • DCF valuations 
    • Accounting for risk in valuations
    • RICS valuation commission
    • Overview of some of the latest RICS guidance
  • 3.40pm – Tea break
  • 3.55pm – Technical topics 4
    • Residential landlord and tenant
    • Negligence and latest cases
    • Investment market update
    • Valuation standards, 8th Edition and Draft 9th Edition
  • 4.50pm – Plenary: covering your questions
  • 5.00pm – End of course

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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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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