APC Glossary

APC
Assessment of Professional Competence: A structured period of practical training and experience, which, when combined with academic qualifications, leads to Chartered status.
APC Doctor
A Chartered Surveyor appointed by the Society to provide advice and guidance to referred candidates.
Adaptation Route
The route for surveyors with at least ten years’ approved experience and a non-accredited degree or a relevant professional qualification AND 450 study hours/20 ECTS from the final year of an RICS/SCSI accredited degree. Onve the study hours/ECTS have been successfully completed, candidates can proceed directly to Final Assessment.
Associate Trainee
An Associate Trainee member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland who is enrolled on to an RICS/SCSI accredited undergraduate degree, but has yet to complete the degree.
Competency
A particular skill: business-related, interpersonal or technical. The APC is comprised of a cross-section of such skills, or competencies. Each is set to a specific level of proficiency.
Counsellor
A Chartered Surveyor who oversees a Trainee’s APC — Graduate Routes 1 and 2 only. S/he is responsible for assisting the Trainee in planning their training, monitoring their attainment of the competencies, providing strategic advice over the course of the Trainee’s APC and signing them off as being ready for Final Assessment. All Chartered Surveyors must undertake 1-hour training in order to act as an APC counselor.
Final Assessment
The culmination of the APC. This is a 2-part process — the submission of documentation and a 1-hour interview. Final Assessments are held twice a year for each professional group — spring and autumn.
Graduate Route 1
The route for surveyors with an accredited qualification and less than five years’ experience. Candidates on this route must undertake a minimum 24 month APC period before submitting for Final Assessment.
Graduate Route 2
The route for surveyors with an accredited qualification and between five and ten years’ approved experience. Candidates on this route must undertake a minimum 12 month APC period before submitting for Final Assessment.
Graduate Route 3
Graduate route 3 (Experience Route) is for surveyors with an accredited qualification and more than ten years’ approved experience. Candidates on this route can proceed directly to Final Assessment
MSCSI
Professional Member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. This qualification gives rise to the designation of Chartered Surveyor.
PQSL
Pre-Qualification Structured Learning. Additional training that a Trainee undertakes during the course of their APC. This can comprise training courses, CPD lectures, structured reading and research, postgraduate study and voluntary work.
PQSL is a precursor of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), which is a requirement of all Chartered Surveyors.
Referral
A candidate who is not successful at Final Assessment is referred and receives a referral report, setting out the reasons why s/he has been referred and what they must do in order to be successful on re-assessment.
SPR
The Senior Professional Route is for surveyors who operate at a senior level within the industry. Approval for this route is based on seniority as well as experience. Once approved, candidates on this route can proceed directly to professional interview.
Sponsor
A Chartered Surveyor who signs off a Graduate Route 3 Trainee as being ready for Final Assessment. Unlike Counselors, Sponsors are not obliged to attend SCSI training.
Trainee
A Trainee member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland is one who is enrolled on the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).