APC Success for Ian Barwick

Congratulations to E3 Consulting's Ian Barwick on passing his RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor.

Ian Barwick Property Tax Surveyor

Congratulations to E3 Consulting’s Ian Barwick on passing his RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor.  As one of our property tax surveyors, Ian undertook the Taxation Allowances pathway to utilise core quantity surveying skills in order to identify tax reliefs on commercial property.

Ian was supported in his APC preparation through voice and wider soft skills training with Fergus McClelland of VocalTrademark to support him both in his assessment and further within his role at E3 Consulting.  He also undertook several mock interviews both with members of the E3 team and with external professional contacts to ensure he was suitably prepared and confident for the real thing.

Ian said “Undertaking the APC process was a daunting task, as there is a huge amount of knowledge to learn and areas of competence to meet.  I am very grateful for the support offered by the whole team at E3 Consulting, who encouraged and challenged me throughout and thank you to all those who gave up their time to challenge me through mock interviews.  I look forward to applying the knowledge and skills I have learnt through the APC in my day-to-day role to better advise clients in optimising their tax reliefs!”

Asked for his top three tips for those currently going through the APC process, Ian said:

“1.  Make the most of the opportunities around you.  There are plenty of surveyors and others out there who are keen to support APC candidates and are willing to give up their time to give you the best opportunity to pass, so make the most of it!

2.  Make sure you are comfortable with your competencies.  The questions will all be on your experience, so ensure you know inside out.  The RICS runs plenty of online and face to face training if you need a refresher on anything, which I found invaluable.

3.  Finally, don’t worry too much!  The assessors are looking for competence, not perfection, so don’t panic if you don’t know everything there is to know, or can’t answer every question which is thrown at you.”

Ian will now focus on consolidating and building upon his technical and soft skills he has developed throughout his APC process and utilising them deeper and wider within his role.  He has already started to do so, speaking on Community Infrastructure Levy at our recent property tax seminar at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester.  He also looks forward to supporting Todd on his APC journey, and (after some time to recover!) undertaking the exams for membership of the ATT.


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