What is the diploma?


The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is an industry-recognised, level 6 qualification aimed at those seeking a new career in residential surveying. We offer the only vocational route into the residential surveying profession, giving those without a qualifying degree the opportunity to study and specialise in residential surveys and valuations.

Once qualified, SAVA graduates can begin producing property surveys for homebuyers including the Home Condition Survey and RICS property surveys e.g. the RICS HomeBuyer Report*.

*RICS surveys can be offered by SAVA graduates who go on to gain AssocRICS membership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The SAVA diploma offers direct entry into RICS to all graduates who pass the RICS online Ethics Test .

Prestigious Memberships

The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is supported by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who are keen to welcome new talent into the RICS fold.

Graham Ellis, Associate Director Residential at RICS, has said:


“It’s the only initiative I know of in a profession that is desperate for new blood. For this reason I am very supportive of the diploma.”

SAVA graduates can apply for the following memberships:

  • Associate membership of RICS (AssocRICS)
    With RICS membership you can offer RICS products such as the HomeBuyer Report and Building Surveys to your clients.
  • SAVA Scheme membership
    Join the SAVA Scheme to produce the Home Condition Survey, a private condition survey aimed at helping homebuyers to protect their investments.

Reasons to train with us:

With the SAVA School of Surveying, you will receive comprehensive training from trainers with real on-the-tools experience, and there are many more reasons to train with us:

  • Part-time learning: train without giving up your existing work and life commitments
  • Qualify in 15 – 24 months: become a practicing surveyor in less time than it takes to complete a full-time degree
  • AssocRICS membership: once qualified, you can join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and use the AssocRICS designation after your name
  • Industry leading trainers: SAVA trainers are all chartered surveyors or university lecturers and are experts in their fields.
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