About the Professional Interview process
The Professional Interview is a major component of the application process for Provisional Membership with Residential Property Valuer and for Associate Membership. The interview allows the applicant to demonstrate their knowledge to and to discuss their work samples with the API via its interviewers.
Below is information about the Professional Interview process and what you can expect:
Areas Examined in the Professional Interview
Broad Outline of Depth of Knowledge Required
In the context of the required years of Approved Professional Experience, a broad outline of the depth to which applicants are expected to show a practical application is as follows:
- The applicant must demonstrate a high level of knowledge of and skill in the type of property practice which the applicant has been recently undertaking or has specialised in as listed on the membership application.
- The applicant needs to demonstrate general knowledge beyond any specialist activity currently being undertaken including relevant legislation.
- The professional interview is not a test of rote learning. The applicant is not expected to recite specific details, for example, parts of Acts. However, the applicant must demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts and where and how to locate specific information.
- The applicant must be capable of illustrating the application of property knowledge with sound reasoning.
- Professionalism in the approach of the applicant to his/her work and the professional interview will be considered as part of the application.
Knowledge of the API
- All applicants must have an understanding of their responsibilities to the profession (including practice requirements under state valuers’ registration if relevant), the Institute, clients and the public having regard to the Institute's Constitution and Rules.
- All applicants should be familiar with the Australia and New Zealand Valuation and Property Standards manual which includes the Code of Professional Conduct, Practice Standards and the Continuing Professional Development requirements of the Institute.
Knowledge of Specific Area(s) of Property Practice
- The applicant is examined on the areas of practice as nominated on his / her application form and the matters that may be examined in the primary areas of practice as outlined in Table 1 (below).
- Applicants for Associate Membership with Certified Practising Valuer may be examined on matters which relate to the experience listed on their application forms as outlined in Table 2 (below).
Professional Interview Procedures
- The professional interview is conducted by at least two members from the Institute. The examiners are appointed by the Division. If the applicant is applying for a certification, then the examiners will be experienced in that aspect of property practice.
- One hour is the usual length of the professional interview.
- At the conclusion of the applicant's participation in the professional interview, the examiners confer privately on the results of the professional interview. They will determine whether the candidate has or has not passed the interview and in some circumstances may offer a continuing interview. If so, they will arrange the conduct of such in consultation with the API staff.
- If no further test is suggested, the examiners make their recommendation for subsequent consideration by the Board.
Property Transactions (including sales, leasing and negotiations)
Corporate Real Estate
Property or Land Development (including Construction)
For those applying for Associate Membership with Certified Practising Valuer see Table 2.