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RICS APC Intensive Preparation Course: Property Pathways (APC01) and Construction Pathways (APC02)

Date Attendance Course fee Action
30/07/21 – 31/07/21 Two days: Friday and Saturday (Property Pathways) £500 Book now
10/09/21 – 11/09/21 Two days: Friday and Saturday (Construction Pathways) £500 Book now

Course information

Welcome to Kingston University's Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) Course Page for those candidates preparing to become Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The two APC Preparation courses are designed to cover the main pathways in Property and Construction and run over two consecutive days twice a year to tie in with the Spring and Autumn assessments. Both courses are also available to all who are interested in gaining further Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across a range of property and construction subjects.

The courses run with presentation handouts and a substantive Course Reader to support further learning and assessment preparation. They are led by Derek Bruce who originally was appointed to the team who developed the current APC format, has sat as an assessor for 30 years and co-developed the long-established courses at Kingston University.

Both courses cover professional practice and ethics as a core teaching area and explore RICS professional standards, the RICS constitution, regulation and APC requirements. RICS professional standard publications are appraised across a range of competencies and topical issues, new case law and legislation and current challenges form part of the presentation material. Opportunities to discuss the APC submissions and Case Study are also available.

Property Pathways

This course has been developed to support those who are following the Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Real Estate, Planning and Development, Residential and Valuation Pathways. Topics covered on the course include various valuation subjects, RICS Valuation Global Standards, spatial planning, development appraisals, inspection, measurement, the mandatory competencies, professional practice and ethics, business and residential tenancies, property management, property agency (purchase and sale, and leasing and letting), rating (local taxation) and statutory controls.

Construction Pathways

This course has been developed to support those who are following the Building Surveying, Project Management and Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathways. Topics covered on the course include Building Pathology, Dilapidations, Contract Practice, Contract Administration, Procurement and Tendering, Dispute Resolution, Legal and Regulatory Control, Party Wall matters, Works Progress, CDM Regulations, the mandatory competencies, professional practice and ethics, Measurement and Inspection.

For further details, please contact:

APC short courses team
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4278


Dates for our next course:

APC02- Building and Surveying: 2–3 October 2020

Please use this link to book your space

What will you take away?

This course prepares candidates for their final RICS assessment.


Graduate/already working in the field.

Course tutor

Derek Bruce

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About the APC Preparation course 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.

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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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.