No, it is not that kind of diary.
I've finally took the plunge and start my RICS APC journey.
Meaning I have started my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor's Assessment of Professional Competence training. *Beams proudly!*
The enrolment itself is a journey I would say.
During my recent appraisal, my boss and I had the convesation of me doing my APC.
I'm required by contract to do my APC and with that there are certain conditions attached. I signed my life away with regards to completing the APC when I first started the job. So there I was waiting for my boss to feed me more information or waiting from head office to send me more information (or package).
But I didn't get any. So I just sat and waited.
Of course being in a new job, you spend your initial time getting to grips with your work expectations and for me, looking for a flat and settling down as well.
At the appraisal, my boss indicated that I have to get this RICS APC thing sorted out. So within days after the appraisal, I got all the necessary paper work done.
As much as I wanted to go down the Project Management route (where my greatest interest is), I had to be more sensible and think about the support that I can get from the company as well as my day to day tasks.
In the end, I have to go down the Quantity Surveying - Civil Engineering route, which makes much Much MUCH more sense.
Then there is the membership subscriptions. My boss asked me if I could pay it first and then claim it back under expenses.
I replied 'I don't think I have £600 sitting in my account' (being at that time, I was just moving and had been very skint for the past few months). By the way, the subscription fee was £625 a year.
However, due to some glitches, AD (who is also enroling at the same time) and I had to wait for two weeks before we received the cheques to send off to RICS. The cheques finally arrived two days before the dateline!
The implication of missing the 31st October dateline was that the final assessment will be deferred by another six months.
Apparently, the cheques were sent from the parent office in London to the main subsidary office in Surrey, and then from Surrey to Glasgow office, when it was supposed to be sent from the parent office to the Glasgow office.
My boss wasn't too happy when I called and told him the news.
Anyways, RICS received our application in time and now we are on our way!
We just had our first training this morning.
It was more like a discussion on what we are going to do. Nonetheless it was informative.
The good thing is that the parent company has a very structured training plan. They even have remote access, which means you can access files or the intranet from home. However, I still have to get that sorted. Am receiving two different stories about this.
I also found out from the RICS website a lot of useful information that I have missed out during my earlier visits there.
Anyways, I am expected to write an APC diary for at least 24 months. In the process, there will be meetings with my Supervisor every three months, and meetings with my Councellor every six months. When I am ready (in 24 months) there will be the final assessment - an interview.
I will have to balance studying on my own, meeting the various competencies set out and my day to day job. I'm excited and looking forward to this new journey and I hope it will be a very interesting one.