The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is a level 6 qualification (equivalent to a degree) split into two parts – training and assessment. The full qualification takes between 15 and 24 months to complete, depending on the time you can invest in your studies.

Formal training for the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation lasts just 12 months with up to two contact days per month. During these two days, you will meet with your fellow learners at your chosen course location and attend training sessions delivered by your course tutor(s). Your tutor(s) will issue you with pre and post-module tasks to complete at home, so it is recommended that you set aside 10-15 hours per week for home study.

To view available course dates and locations (including a list of face-to-face training days) please visit ‘Course Dates and Locations’.


You are encouraged to approach your local surveying firms to secure a mentor/shadowing work during your studies. This will help to consolidate your learning and give you extra practical experience that will be invaluable. The SAVA team is also on hand to help pair learners with mentors should you have trouble finding one in your area.

The modules

During your initial 12-month training period you will complete a number of modules:

course structure

For a detailed description of the training modules, please download the course prospectus.


onefileOnce you have completed the formal training, you will be expected to produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This is to be completed in your own time but must be completed and signed off by your assessor within 12 months of entering the assessment period.

Your portfolio will comprise of condition reports and valuations to demonstrate your technical knowledge, and written tasks to assess your business and interpersonal skills. This evidence will be submitted and reviewed via our online portfolio system, OneFile.

OneFile is an easy-to-use and intuitive system that stores your evidence and allows you to communicate with your assessor(s) online. In addition to your assessors, the SAVA training team will also be on hand to help you via email and telephone if needed.

If you have any questions and would like to discuss the qualification further, please contact us or call one of our dedicated course advisers on 01908 442158.

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