TEP is delighted to announce that Catherine Queen, based in the Warrington Office, has successfully passed the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to become a Chartered Member. For over 100 years, membership of the RTPI has been the hallmark of professional expertise and integrity and recognises the high quality of skills and experience that are held by Chartered Town Planners (MRTPI).
The APC is a competency-based route to Chartered membership. It assesses a candidates’ experience and competence and enables them to show that they meet the high standards required for Chartered membership. TEP supports staff through the APC process by covering their exam and membership costs, providing an in-house mentor and offering paid study leave.
Catherine undertook the Licentiate APC route having completed the fully accredited RTPI Master of Civic Design (Distinction) at the University of Liverpool in 2011 where she was also awarded the Holford Prize.
For Catherine, passing the APC was the culmination of her long held ambition to become a dual-chartered consultant, having already worked for many years as a Chartered Landscape Architect (CMLI) for planning consultancies in the private sector. Catherine joined the Environmental Planning Team at TEP in 2012 where she has been able to gain a wide range of experience working closely with other Chartered Town Planners. Unfortunately she has enjoyed also studying so much that she is now working towards a PhD in Human Geography which directly relates to her interest in major infrastructure.