This coming Monday and Tuesday the Scottish Young Planners’ Network will host three workshops for Licentiate RTPI members hoping to complete their Assessment of Professional Competence and become Chartered Planners. This year’s events will take place in Aberdeen on Monday 25 September, and Glasgow and Edinburgh on 26 September. They are not to be missed for Licentiates at any stage of the APC process, offering practical advice and tips on completing a successful APC and advancing your career in planning.
Hilary Lush, the RTPI’s Senior Membership Development Officer, will lead each event, and assessors have been confirmed to attend the Glasgow and Aberdeen workshops. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of those who know the APC system inside out.
Lucy Sumner and Nicola Orr, both Chartered Planners and members of the SYPN Steering Group, have shared their thoughts on how attending the workshops when they were licentiates helped them to progess:
Nicola Orr MRTPI, Planning Officer in Majors West at The City of Edinburgh Council:
“The APC workshops I attended were truly invaluable and I have no doubt they helped me to pass my APC first time. They give you a great insight into what is required in your submission, clarify various points in the guidance whilst providing lots of handy hints and tips for a successful submission. Being able to talk it all through with others at the same stage in the process, people who have recently passed and most importantly ‘The Mentors’ make these sessions instrumental for a successful APC journey.“
Lucy Sumner MRTPI, Planner, Local Development Plan, Aberdeen City Council:
“I went to my local APC Workshop twice while preparing my APC submission – both of which were incredibly useful at the different points of my journey. I was able to gain some useful tips for long-term preparation like my Log Book and Case Studies, and to ask questions about the expectations of the submission pack itself. You can chat to an RTPI Representative and an APC Assessor, as well as other Licentiates, at this free session. For these reasons, it’s a must-do if you are thinking about gaining your MRTPI status, or getting ready to submit. It’s also very handy for Mentors to keep abreast of the current APC process to properly help Licentiates succeed with their submissions.”
More details, including how to book, are available here.