Assessments of Professional Competence are competency-based routes to Chartered membership. They assess candidates' experience and competence and enable them to show that they meet the high standards required for Chartered membership.
There are three Assessments of Professional Competence:
- Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC)
- Associate Assessment of Professional Competence (A-APC)
- Experienced Practitioner Assessment of Professional Competence (EP-APC)
If you have completed a fully accredited RTPI degree in or after 2005, this route is for you. To apply through this route, your first step is to become a Licentiate as soon as you finish your degree.
The L-APC builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding that you have acquired during your accredited qualification. It is a structured process of work-based learning designed to assess your competence.
If you don't have a fully accredited RTPI degree, this could be for you if you meet the experience requirements. To apply through this route, your first step is to become an Associate.
The A-APC builds on the partial professional qualification of Associate membership and assesses your ability to progress to the next step, Chartered membership.
If you are an experienced planning professional, you are able to apply directly for Chartered membership through this route. You are required to demonstrate a combination of educational background, experience and competence.
The EP-APC builds on the considerable skills, knowledge and understanding that you have acquired as an experienced practitioner.