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Final Assessment Interview

Although the Final Assessment is a 2-part process — submission of documentation and a one-hour interview — you should utilise the time in between. The documentation will form the basis of the assessors’ questions, so revisit and review your Logbook, PQSL Record and Interim and Final Assessment Records.

The first 10 minutes of the Final Assessment interview will comprise a presentation on your Critical Analysis followed by 10 minutes’ questioning on the presentation. You are not permitted to use a laptop for the purposes of your presentation, but you may use an A3 flipchart and/or cue cards.

It is important that you stick to the 10-minute time limit — the chairman of the panel will enforce this strictly.

Some candidates present a summary of the Critical Analysis; others provide an update; and others expand on particular aspects or key issues. There is no right or wrong choice in this regard. However, preparation is key. Know your Critical Analysis inside out — be able to discuss and defend the reasoning behind your actions and choices on the project(s) and be familiar with the wider issues which might affect it.

Get friends and colleagues to read your documentation and pose questions — get yourself used to answering questions relating to your experience and the profession.

Ensure that you have at least one mock interview before the day. The more familiar you are with the process, the more confident you will feel in front of the assessors. If you have any trouble organising a mock interview, contact the Education and Membership Department.

The Final Assessment interview is 60 minutes’ duration:

Interview Segment


Introduction by Chairman

2–3 minutes

Candidate’s Presentation

10 minutes

Questions on the presentation

10 minutes

Candidate’s general training and experience


Assessor 1 — questions on the core, optional and mandatory competencies

12–13 minutes

Assessor 2 — questions on the core, optional and mandatory competencies

12–13 minutes

Chairman — questions on competencies, PQSL and Ethics

10 minutes

Close of interview

1–2 minutes


60 minutes

  • Ensure that you arrive 10 minutes before your interview is due to start.

  • This is a professional interview, and you are expected to dress and act appropriately.

  • After the interview, you can expect to wait 4–6 weeks to receive your result.