Once you are working as a trainee quantity surveyor the next step is to work towards obtaining Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) membership to become a fully qualified chartered surveyor.
In order to do this, you must successfully complete the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) which is offered by RICS. This is a structured training programme that usually lasts around two years (unless you have significant previous work experience). You will need to evidence your training in logbooks and records and have regular meetings with a supervisor. It also involves a set amount of hours of professional development and ends with an assessment interview.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is an important aspect of maintaining professional competencies and practice standards. RICS have established a lifelong learning programme for recording any professional development. The process may include open learning, private study (academic papers/industry publications), attending conferences and events, running workshops and further study or in-house training. Developing and maintaining professional competencies throughout your career is vital for progression.
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