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RTPI issues new guidance for Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) for Licentiates

26 March 2015

The RTPI has thoroughly revised and updated the guidance for Licentiates submitting their APC. The guidance consolidates two documents into one so that Licentiates have all the information they need in one place.

Iram Mohammed, Chair of the RTPI Membership and Ethics Committee, said:

 “The RTPI have embarked upon a programme to streamline our institute's routes to membership, with the licentiate APC being the first route to be reviewed. The new licentiate APC guidance will provide enhanced clarity to candidates applying for Chartered membership. Building on this work, during 2015, the RTPI will be reviewing the remaining routes to membership, to ensure a consistent approach which reflects the 21st century planner."


The Guidance has been updated to reflect changes to the APC made following extensive consultation with RTPI Committees and Panels, Regions, Nations, Young Planners (pictured), APC stakeholders and other members.  The changes have been developed by members, for members.

The new 2015 APC Guidance document (which will apply from November 2015) is available here. There is a transition period for the new Guidance, so candidates submitting before November should see the Resources for APC candidates webpage.


The key changes include:

  • A revised APC competency list. 
  • Specific reference is now made to ‘Professionalism’ within the ‘RTPI Code of Conduct’ competency.
  • ‘The economic context’ has been added as a new competency.
  • Submission word count has been increased from 5,000 to 5,500 (+/- 10%).
  • The Professional Development Plan (PDP) template is now compulsory.

As well as this, all the APC competency descriptors have been revised to make them as clear as possible. They all include the type of evidence that candidates need to demonstrate.


Find out more

The Guidance is on the Resources for APC candidates webpage. A set of FAQs about the changes has also been produced and is available here.