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  • Planning Policy Wales:Experiences for Northern Ireland

    Roisin WillmottDirector of RTPI Cymru

    and Northern Ireland

  • Planning Policy Wales:

    Provides national-level policies Local Planning Authorities use policies to

    base their policies sets framework Duty to promote Sustainable Development Supported by series of Technical Advice

    Notes (TANs) Separate Mineral Planning Policy Wales

  • Timescale:

    First published - 2002 Latest edition - February 2014 Evaluation of processes to develop

    national planning policies 2017 Positive Planning proposals - 2014

  • Lessons: Communications Policy cycle Drafting process Consultation Introduction of new policy and guidance Staff resources Format and updating

  • Code of Professional Conduct

    Every member acts with competence, honesty and integrity, and exercises independent professional judgement at all times.

    Requires members to promote equality of opportunity and prohibits any discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, disability or age.

    Plus other requirements.

  • Purpose of Code to ensure that in all their professional activities members of the Institute:

    shall act with competence, honesty and integrity shall fearlessly and impartially exercise their

    independent professional judgement to the best of their skill and understanding;

    shall discharge their duty to their employers, clients, colleagues and others with due care and diligence in accordance with the provisions of this Code;

    / cont

  • Cont /

    shall not discriminate on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, religion, disability or age and shall seek to eliminate such discrimination by others and to promote equality of opportunity;

    shall not bring the profession or the Royal Town Planning Institute into disrepute.

  • A consultant member was found to be in breach owing to a failure to provide written terms of engagement and to exercise due care with regard to information provided in a planning application.

  • A consultant member has been found in breach of the code for incurring fees additional to those previously agreed, for failing to act with competence and integrity in terms of work carried out, and in respect of the tone of language used in client correspondence, and for withdrawing a clients application without authority.

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  • Assessment of Professional Competence

    The professional competence of the Licentiate, as a spatial planner, is assessed after a two year period of reflective learning

    The Licentiate is asked to demonstrate that they work at the suitable professional level to justify election to Chartered status

    Sets a high standard

  • The APC submission

    5000 word submission covering Practical experience statement detailing roles and

    responsibilities Professional competence statement two to three

    case studies demonstrating competencies Professional development plan detailing their

    continued learning Assessed by two Chartered members All details are in the APC guidance

  • The Licentiate period

    Builds and applies learning outcomes from academic qualifications

    Maintain a log book to record what they did and what they learnt from the work

    Work with a mentor

    Provide evidence that they have met the required competencies and are a reflective practitioner

  • Practical Experience StatementHas the Licentiate undertaken sufficient relevant practical experience to justify election to Chartered status?

    Covers the practice content and planning tasks that have been undertaken over the period of practical experience


    The type of employer Description of role The type of planning work

  • Professional Competence StatementThe assessors will assess against each assessment criteria;

    1. An understanding of context2. An ability to identify and analyse issues3. Competence in gathering appropriate information4. Competence in identifying and evaluating a course of action5. Competence in initiating action to implement courses of action or

    dissemination and application of knowledge (academic research)6. Engagement in a process of reflection and review7. An awareness of the

    a) Legal frameworkb) Ethical challengesc) Political framework d) and RTPI Code of Conduct.

  • Professional Development Plan

    SWOT analysis Professional Development Plan (PDP) - details goals

    for personal professional development and an action plan for achieving those goals.

    Remember SWOT must feed into the PDP Use the PDP template (RTPI website)

  • The S.M.A.R.T. Model


    Specific: Precise about what you want to achieve

    Measurable: how will you know if you have achieved the objective?

    Achievable: be realistic!

    Relevant: objectives should relate to your personal or professional development

    Time based: set a time frame in which the objectives are to be reached.

  • General PresentationMRTPI is a professional qualification and the institute expects the submission to be completed to a high professional standard.

    Proof reading essential Check for grammatical and spelling errors Applications accepted in Welsh and Gaelic Paragraph numbers Referencing & footnotes Word count is 4,500 5,500 words! Learning difficulties speak with membership team in confidence.

    Allow enough time for proof reading and general checking!

  • The mentoring relationship

    Important part of the APC compulsory from 2014 Mentor is not like a line manager best if slightly

    removed Challenging candidate to encourage reflection and

    analytical thinking Must be familiar with the competencies and

    guidance Use their knowledge to guide candidate Should offer positive critique of the application Confidential relationship

  • Logbook

    A logbook will be kept for a minimum of 12 months full time spatial planning experience as a Licentiate member. An effective and strong logbook will cover the whole Licentiate period however!

    Experience prior to becoming a Licentiate does not need to be logged.

    Reference relevant logbook entries in the written submission link both if you want the assessor to read a specific entry!

  • Date Nature of Professional Work/Task Undertaken

    What skills/competencies

    has this work developed?

    What knowledge and/or understanding has been gained/developed as a

    result of this work?

    What skills/knowledge do you feel you need to


  • Experience

    Experience can be:

    Full or part time or a combination of both (pro rata).

    Paid or voluntary.

    Gained in the UK or overseas.

    Spread over a period of time longer than two years. The 24 months does not need to be consecutive.

  • Experience

    Experience should be detailed in consecutive blocks of 3 months or more.

    Not allowed to count any experience gained whilst registered as a student on an intensive one year masters degree. The Licentiate can only start counting their experience as eligible after successful completion of this type of degree.

    Full and part time experience gained alongside a part time degree is acceptable.

    Experience gained whilst on a sandwich year or vacation placement may also be counted.

  • Assessment

    Applications are assessed by 2 Chartered Town Planners who receive training each year

    Only assessed on what is on the paper Cannot be compared to peers Process Assessor will recommend action if

    required Work towards meeting all criteria

  • Resubmissions

    Not a fail Assessed separately to first time submissions Shorter resubmission and assessment period Results in 3 weeks Can resubmit on any of the dates Complete in 2 years Administrative review if not successful after 2


  • Applicants are unsuccessful when they do not:

    Read the guidance Hold the relevant level and amount of experience Demonstrate ALL the assessment criteria Link the SWOT to the PDP Make the PDP action plan S.M.A.R.T. Proof read and check their submission Reference the submission to the logbook

  • Why the APC is important

    Ensures a consistent and strong standard for Chartered members

    Protects the reputation of all Chartered Members Encourages new entrants to the profession to take

    control of their career and learning needs Raises the importance of ethics and the legal/political

    framework of planning

  • The Membership TeamMartine Koch Head of MembershipVacant Senior Membership OfficerQuentin Wood Membership OfficerArtur Salisz Membership OfficerHillary Lush Professional Standards Administrator

    Phone: +44 (0)20 7929 9494


    You can find various RTPI groups and contacts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

  • Young Planners and RTPI NI

    Join in local networks Learn about professional practice Make contacts Rely on participants Can be fun!


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