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.

Modules and Assessment

onefileModules vary in size from 1 – 4 days of face-to-face training. The course modules are as follows:

  1. INDUCTION: Introduction to the course, meeting the team, technical appraisal case study, introduction to law, introduction to valuation and systems overview.
  2. PROFESSIONAL ISSUES: This training day examines a range of topics surrounding the requirement of surveyors to conduct inspections in an effective and professional manner.
  3. VALUATION: Determining property value, RICS mandatory requirements, how condition affects value, regulatory and legal requirements and different types of valuations.
  4. CONSTRUCTION: This module focuses on foundations, floors and walls tools, desktop research, scale drawings, floor plans and calculating U-values as well as building services.
  5. LAW: The law and its background, easements, restrictive covenants, contract law, negligence and occupier’s liability are looked at in this module.
  6. INSPECTING PROPERTY: Pre-inspection research, the inspection ‘agenda’ and equipment, property measurements to include floor, volume and ceiling as well as the residential cost-rebuilding calculator (BCIS).
  7. LANDMARK (OPTIONAL): This day includes a visit to the Landmark building in Reading and covers the mortgage process, Promap, Quest & Q Mobile, and environmental factors.
  8. BUILDING PATHOLOGY: This module focuses on the process of diagnosing the cause of building movement, damp and defects. It includes ground and above ground based movement, brickwork expansion, damp and condensation, and timber defects – roof and loft issues and problems with floors.
  9. ASSESSING SERVICES: This module looks at service systems and what can go wrong. It covers inspection and testing of service systems, electrical systems, heating services, plumbing and drainage.
  10. REPORT WRITING: This module advises on the production and distribution of condition reports. It covers principles of good report writing, limitations of the report, use of technology, file management and communications with clients.
  11. RdSAP MASTERCLASS: An introduction to RdSAP (a tool for measuring energy efficiency) conventions is provided in this module.
  12. CONDITION MASTERCLASS: How to carry out a Home Condition Survey, how to attribute a rating using the SAVA protocol, demonstration of the SAVA software and site visit.
  13. ENERGY: This module concentrates on identifying appropriate energy improvement measures and renewable technologies (not as dictated by RdSAP conventions).
  14. HCS PRACTICAL: This day focuses on SAVA’s Home Condition Survey (HCS) as a product and covers product rules and terms of engagement, site visit to carry out an inspection and detailed analysis of the property such as walls or roof.
  15. ACCOMPANIED INSPECTION: This is an observed inspection and is carried out under exam conditions. A briefing, site visit and structured professional interview are included in the day.


Once 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.

Get in touch

Call Us Today :01908 442 158

Or complete our form below and we will be in touch