Development Planner, Bloor Homes
I originally studied for a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Human) at Sheffield Hallam University. To further my education, and become a member of the RTPI, I enrolled on to an accredited course at Birmingham City University where I attained a master's in Environmental and Spatial Planning in 2013.
Whilst studying for my master's I was able to secure employment within a private planning practice in Birmingham. This was my first experience of working in the planning sector and provided me with a foundation of planning knowledge and skills.
After completing my master's and with a couple of years' worth of work experience I took a planning role with Bloor Homes, a leading national house-building company. Here I was able to enhance my competence in the profession.
Experience of the L-APC process:
The work experience I gained at each Company enabled me to demonstrate, through the Licentiate Assessment of Professional Competence (L-APC), that I was an effective practitioner and competent spatial planner with the relevant amount of spatial planning experience necessary to become a Chartered Town Planner. For me, the importance of gaining Chartered Membership was to further my career and be acknowledged by my colleagues and peers as a capable and competent spatial planner.
Jennifer's top tips for future candidates:
- Preparation is key, really familiarise yourself with the guidance and what is expected of you. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete and review your submission in full.
- If in doubt, ask. This could involve your line manager, mentor, colleagues, the RTPI's Membership Team or even a non-planner (e.g. to help proof-read).
- Keep your log book up to date and be thorough in each entry. This is good practice and will be invaluable when you come to write your Professional Competence Statement (PCS).
Please note: To stay fit for purpose, L-APC requirements do change over time. For the most up to date advice please always refer to the L-APC Guidance on the Licenitate APC webpage. Candidate details provided here are current at time of L-APC submission in 2015.