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Career Opportunities

Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation

What opportunities does the Diploma offer?

The Diploma is an industry-recognised Level 6 qualification and covers everything a professional residential surveyor and valuer needs to know. There is a nationwide shortage of residential surveyors so as soon as you’ve qualified there will be a range of interesting career options available to you.

  • Direct entry into RICS You will be able to join the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at Associate level via their direct entry residential pathway. Unlike other routes into RICS which require two years of work experience prior to entry, the Sava Diploma bypasses this requirement meaning you can apply for membership immediately after graduating.
  • Registered Valuers Scheme Once you are a member, you can then begin offering RICS surveys and take advantage of the many benefits that RICS has to offer. You will also gain direct entry into the RICS Registered Valuers Scheme, a requirement from lenders if you wish to undertake property valuations.
  • Sava Certification Scheme You can also join the Sava Certification Scheme and produce the Sava Home Condition Survey for customers.


Average Salary of a Surveyor at
AssocRICS level (source: RICS 2016 salary survey).

Larry Russen, Chartered Surveyor & Diploma Trainer explains the challenges of the Diploma and the opportunities for a fulfilling career

What career paths are open to me?

Armed with the Sava Diploma you will initially have three main career options:

  • Join a surveying firm Most surveying companies offer 9-to-5 employment so if you are looking for a salaried position joining an existing firm could be for you.
  • Find work through a panel of surveyors A surveying panel offers work to its members on a contract basis – perfect if you are looking for some flexibility with your workload.
  • Self-employed Many residential surveyors decide to work independently, marketing their services and working hours that suit them best.
  • Opportunities in other surveying fields There are also many opportunities for further study and qualifications enabling you to provide a more diverse range of surveys and professional advice, such as full building surveys, listed buildings and party wall surveys.

“I didn’t find the workload too daunting and there was always the opportunity to stop and ask questions if you didn’t understand something, plus being able to combine the course with day to day working in the industry really suited my learning style”

Chris Norris, Diploma Graduate


Average Salary of a
RICS Member (source: RICS 2016 salary survey).

How much can I earn?

  • According to careers advice website prospects.ac.uk the average salary of an experienced residential surveyor is around £46,000 with Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) members earning more than their non-RICS counterparts.
  • Associates of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS) earn around £43,000 while a Member (RICS) earns an average of £56,000 and a Fellow (FRICS) £70,000.
  • The RICS Recruit website also provides up to date information on career opportunities click here for more info.

Becoming Chartered

Those who hold the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation can gain direct entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors at Associate Member level (AssocRICS).

If you wish, once you are an AssocRICS Member, there are pathways open to you to become a full member of RICS (chartered status) or even a Fellow.


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At A Glance

Whether you already work in the property industry and want to develop your skills or are looking for a completely new career...

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About the Qualification

If you are looking for a pathway into residential surveying, this Diploma is the perfect qualification for you...

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