Media release: Trio of Shepherd residential surveyors pass APCs

A TRIO of residential surveyors from Shepherd have passed their autumn APCs (Assessment of Professional Competence).

Olga MacGregor and Gregor Simpson from the firm’s Inverness office, and Kenneth Behan from its Ayr office, have now been elevated to MRICS status following an hour-long peer review interview at Stirling Management Centre last month.

Adrian Stott, partner at Shepherd, said: “We’re delighted that Olga, Gregor and Kenneth have all passed their assessments and congratulate them on their achievements.”

Olga MacGregor said: “The involvement and knowledge shown by the firm within my training period undoubtedly contributed to my success at assessment. I now look forward to further contributing to and sharing in the continued success of one of the largest multi-practice surveying firms in Scotland.”

Says a spokesperson: “The peer review interview is the culmination of post degree qualification and structured, mentored training which obliges the candidates to keep a two-year log book of practical experience before presenting a case study and then being interviewed by qualified members of the RICS.

“The experiential based assessment leads to the globally recognised designation MRICS being awarded to those who have met the required levels of competency.

“Shepherd is one of the largest suppliers of candidates to the APC process in Scotland. The partnership fully recognises the importance of investing in the future of the profession and fully supports the process.

“Within the firm, there are currently four RICS APC assessors, Andrew Sykes in Aberdeen, Ewan Sparks in St Andrews and William Laidlaw in Galashiels.

“Adrian Stott in the Musselburgh office is an assessor, a chair of assessors and an APC assessor auditor. There is no other firm in Scotland with a similar depth and experience of support for candidates.”


For further information please contact Adrian Stott at Shepherd tel 0131 653 3456

Issued on behalf of Shepherd by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018

Date 13th December 10

Notes to Editors

  • All graduates joining a firm of chartered surveyors and embarking on a training programme for their Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) must first have an RICS accredited degree. In Shepherd’s case, they will then be invited to sign a structured training agreement which, as an RICS accredited training provider, it is required to have. This agreement is designed to ensure that candidates will receive sufficient experience whilst working diligently towards an APC sitting.
  • In return, Shepherd supports APC candidates by giving them time off work for studying as required, subject to the normal constraints of business, and provides them with payment for submission to the APC.
  • There is typically a minimum 24-month training period before a candidate can be presented for an APC. Yet whilst the core values and elements of training programmes are dictated to firms by the RICS, the delivery of APC training differs from firm to firm. Whilst each firm will have its own preferred training programme, graduate trainees can expect to receive a combination of hands-on training, theoretical learning and practical experience, such as shadowing experienced surveyors with a view to exposing them to as broad a range of surveying specialisms as possible.
  • The RICS requires graduates to keep a diary, a log book and to provide forward planners of professional development. At the culmination of two years, a candidate’s assessor, supervisor and counsellor meet to decide whether or not the individual has reached the level required for an APC. If so, candidates will present themselves at Stirling Management Centre for an hour-long face-to-face interview with three fully qualified members of the RICS for a peer review to establish whether they have met the competences they claim to have reached during their two year’s training.

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