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APC Accelerated Course for CRE, Residential & Valuation [NOV20]

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RICS Hong Kong office

Room 3707-09, Hopewell Centre

183 Queen's Road East

Wanchai, HKI

Hong Kong

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One stop training provision for APC candidates in Commercial Real Estate (CRE), Residential and Valuation pathways.

About this Event

Course duration: 3 months

Venue: Room 3707, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong

CPD: 90 hours

Format: Blended learning programme

Language: English (online modules) + Cantonese/ English (face-to-face sessions)

Group booking discount available

Group of 2: 5% off

Group of 3: 8% off

Group of 4+: 10% off

Please contact Mr Peter Au at +852 2116 9719 or email if you wish to enjoy this offer.


This blended-learning course accelerates your APC process to become a member of the RICS as a Commercial Real Estate / Residential / Valuation surveyor.

This 3-month course covers the definitions of APC core & technical competencies, professional ethics and APC assessment process. With 5 face-to-face classroom sessions and 10 online learning modules, this training allowing delegates to consume the learning at their own pace.

The dedicated trainer will support you through the APC assessment process. You will receive feedback from the trainer to help you understanding the process and preparing for the written assessment & final interview.

At the end of this course delegates will equip with technical skills and knowledge, as well as understanding of the requirements which leading up to the APC final assessment interview.

Learning outcome

  • Identify the key stages and the requirements of the APC assessment
  • Understand best practice for Commercial Real Estate, Residential & Valuation as defined by RICS's standard
  • Demonstrate high standard knowledge on the Core competencies for the CRE, Residential & Valuation Pathway including: Inspection, Measurement, Valuation, Development Appraisals, Letting and Leasing, Property Finance and Funding
  • Learn how to apply valuation methods, inspection and measurement techniques
  • Assess how the residential letting market works and what legal compliance is required
  • Explain the mandatory competencies during your Assessment interview.
  • Be more confident in how to write your summary of experience.
  • Prepare your case study and presentation for submission, or identify in which areas you need to gain further experience, knowledge or skills to be able to submit.

Course agenda

Face-to-face Session 1 [Sat, 07 Nov 2020]

  • Module 1 – Understanding the APC
  • Module 2 – Inspection and measurement

Face-to-face Session 2 [Sat, 28 Nov 2020]

  • Module 3 – Valuation
  • Module 4 – Development Appraisals

Face-to-face Session 3 [Sat, 05 Dec 2020]

  • Module 5 – Letting and Leasing
  • Module 6 – Property Finance and Funding

Face-to-face Session 4 [Sat, 12 Dec 2020]

  • Module 7 – Housing maintenance, repair improvements
  • Module 8 – Property management

Face-to-face Session 5 [Sat, 09 Jan 2021]

  • Module 9 – Mandatory Competencies Demonstration
  • Module 10 – Preparing for your case study and final assessment

Course content

Module 1: Understanding the APC

  • Course introduction
  • The role of the RICS and its professionals
  • Introduction to the Commercial Real Estate/Property Surveying
  • Understanding the APC

Module 2: Inspection & Measurement

  • Core principles of property inspection
  • Accurate recording of building and site characteristics
  • Building construction, location analysis and defects
  • Methods of measurement and data capture
  • Measurement best practice for a variety of property types
  • Preparation and presentation of measurement data

Module 3: Valuation

  • Guidance and standards for RICS registered valuers
  • Methods of valuation
  • Writing valuation reports and collecting appropriate valuation methods
  • Factors that affect value

Module 4: Development Appraisals

  • Determine when a development appraisal is appropriate and what information is required
  • Define the components of a residual valuation and when it is used.
  • Appreciate what sensitivity analysis is, what it tells us, and its importance

Module 5: Letting and Leasing

  • Types of property/interests and letting methods used
  • Market economics and legal frameworks
  • Property selection and deal negotiation for commercial property
  • Leasing/letting

Module 6: Property Finance and Funding

  • The impact of gearing on equity returns
  • The ability to demonstrate this gearing effect numerically
  • How mezzanine and equity finance might be priced
  • The financing process

Module 7: Housing maintenance, repair and improvements

  • Housing policy and law relating to maintenance and repair
  • Property maintenance issues in relation to the housing market

Module 8: Property Management

  • The legal requirements
  • The role and responsibilities of the property manager
  • The practical approach to property management

Module 9: Mandatory Competency Demonstration

  • Mandatory Competencies - Business Skills
  • Mandatory Competencies - Soft Skills

Module 10: Getting Qualified

  • Professional Ethics for RICS Members
  • Preparing for your Case Study
  • Preparing for the Final Assessment

End of course assessment

The end of course assessment consists of 30 multiple choice questions. You’ll need to score at least 65% to pass and gain your certificate.

You can take the assessment at any time within the course period. Please be aware that you can only attempt twice.

The end of course assessment is generated from a pool of questions which is regularly updated. The assessment questions will be different by each attempt.

The trainer

Mr. Johnny Siu FRICS


Mr Siu has been a chartered general practice surveyor for more than 31 years and he is now a senior professional in the civil services. He has been serving for RICS and HKIS as an APC assessor since 1993. Before joining the HKSAR Government, he was an executive in HSBC group and had worked in Marketing Department, Wayfoong Property Limited and the Group Head Property Office, HSBC for over 13 years. Part-time lecturing is also Mr Siu’s favourite and he has been a part-time lecturer in various universities for over 20 years.

Mr Siu is the co-author of the book, Valuation of Development Land in Hong Kong (2001 edition). This book has been used as a standard textbook for surveying students in the universities and is the only valuation textbook written by a practicing surveyor who is still handling property valuations daily. Apart from property profession, Mr Siu has a personal pursuit in the telecommunication industry and is now a member of the Radio Spectrum and Technical Standards Advisory Committee to advise the Director-General of Communications, OFCA on a number of telecommunication matters.


Peter Au

Tel: +852 2116 9719


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