RICS APC: Professional Practice and Ethics Course

LocationMarylebone, Central London
FacultyArchitecture and the Built Environment

This evening course prepares you for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) assessment of professional competence (APC), focusing on professional practice and ethics.

All APC candidates must both pass an online ethics test and be able to demonstrate knowledge and application, and provide advice on professional practice and ethics. The course will provide an overview of RICS and how it regulates members. We will discuss a range of published professional standards and provide practical examples of RICS Codes of Conduct and the expectations of members. You will also learn about professional negligence, bribery and money laundering, and identifying and handling conflicts of interest.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed as preparation for the final APC assessment day for all RICS pathways, including professional experience route (PER) and senior professional route (SPR) candidates. All APC candidates must be able to demonstrate knowledge, application and provide advice on professional practice and ethics.

It is also for supervisors or counsellors working with candidates who are sitting for their final RICS assessments, and you would like to undertake formal continuing professional development.

Courses open for booking
Start date Duration Day and time Price Apply
5 October 2016 2 hours Wednesday 6–8pm £60 Book now

Course content

The course will provide a technical, professional and practical outlook on the subject of professional practice and ethics. It will provide essential information for all APC candidates.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • the structure of the RICS
  • professional conduct
  • member regulation
  • professional and practice standards
  • setting up in practice
  • ethical situations

Teaching and learning methods

The course will be delivered using a formal lecture approach, and will give you the opportunity to interact using questions and answers throughout.

We will use a wide variety of learning methods and techniques including:

  • sharing experiences with colleagues
  • case studies
  • debate and discussion
  • presentation
  • self-directed reading and research
  • reflection
  • evaluation

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • recognise the need for professional standards and how these shape professional behaviour and practice
  • appreciate the importance of a code of conduct and how members are regulated by the RICS and through other mechanisms (eg statute law)
  • review a range of professional standards published by RICS
  • appraise what is meant by a conflict of interest and discover where professional boundaries might lay

The knowledge and understanding gained from this course will help you demonstrate both a technical understanding and practical appreciation of how the topic matter is used in the surveying profession.

Michael Pain, Principal Lecturer

Michael joined the University of Westminster in 2009 and has extensive experience in the industry. He continues to practice as a chartered surveyor, specialising in landlord and tenant issues and commercial rating. He regularly receives appointments as arbitrator and independent expert from RICS and is one of the longest-serving chairmen of the RICS APC.

The programme counts for two hours of formal continuing professional development. A certificate of attendance will be available after the course.