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Diploma in Building Surveying & Housing Management

About the Qualification

What is the Qualification?

The Diploma in Building Surveying & Housing Management is a level 6 qualification, accredited by the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE).

It’s a vocational qualification, which means you will acquire the knowledge and skills that are required to undertake a building surveying and housing management role within a housing provider.

The qualification has also been mapped against the building surveying pathway of the RICS, meaning that not only will you gain a Level 6 Diploma, but you’ll also be able to join the RICS at Associate membership level.

Building Surveying is concerned with the design, construction, support and management of real estate assets throughout their lifecycle

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

How is the Diploma structured?

The Diploma is delivered part time, and is delivered in two parts – training and assessment.

Part time training

Training lasts for 12 months and is delivered via a mix of face to face and online learning and includes two contact days a month at your chosen course location.

Portfolio assessment

You will also produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This will include case studies across different property types and include stock condition surveys, fire risk assessments, energy assessments, housing health and safety rating system inspections, schedules of condition and schedules of repairs. You will also produce a case study around a small building project (refurbishment or construction) from the start to the very end of the project.

It is through this assessment stage that you demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to work successfully as part of a building surveying and housing management team.  This assessment stage is likely to take around 12 months, meaning that they whole Diploma will typically take about 24 months to complete.

What the qualification will cover

  • 1. Law for residential property asset managers Covers the essential knowledge of the legal system in England and Wales pertinent to housing management and the fundamental principles of the law of property. This includes legal interests in land and different residential tenancies, contract law, the importance and principles of the law of tort. It considers how property is bought and sold and the role of the courts and dispute resolution.
  • 2. Managing and maintaining residential property assets Covers the essential understanding of managing and maintaining property, the regulatory framework and the range and purpose of essential maintenance and the resources needed for such activities.
  • 3. Sustainability and social responsibility issues in housing management An understanding of the principles of sustainability in the context of housing assets housing management, why they are important and how they can be applied. Economic and social goals should be achieved by supporting in the long term by conserving resources (economic, environmental, social etc,) and ensuring human health and welfare.
  • 4. Health and safety and environmental facilities management procedures in housing management Health and safety legislation, guidance and best practice as it impacts on the organisations assets as the ‘workplace’ for the employees of the organisation and the housing environment of occupants who live there.
  • 5. Conduct all aspects of work in an effective and professional manner Competences expected of all professionals regardless of their working environment. Learners are expected to work effectively in the ways described in this unit throughout their work, whether in an office, on site or at a property.
  • 6. Prepare for and undertake professional property inspections for housing management General competences expected of all professionals in the preparation of site/property visits and the way they should conduct themselves when they are on site. Learners are expected to work effectively in the ways described in this unit throughout their work, whether in an office, on site or at a property.
  • 7. Prepare reports and specifications Activities undertaken once the inspection is completed i.e. assisting with the production of complete and comprehensive property inspection reports in accordance with the prescribed format and preparing any schedules of work that follow from the inspection reports.
  • 8. Organise and deliver the maintenance and repair of residential property This unit covers the skills and knowledge needed in order to organise and deliver repairs and maintenance, both responsive repairs and planned maintenance. It covers preparation, contract procurement, monitoring and delivery and includes the application of the Party Wall Act 1996.

Find out more about building surveying, housing management and the Sava Diploma

  • Chat to our Course Advisors
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  • Weekly Webinars
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  • Our first intake is in Birmingham in March 2019
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Why not join us on a webinar

Why not find out more about the Diploma and how it can help your organisation?

We'll be covering:

- How the Diploma has been designed for the needs of the modern housing provider

- The roles and activities that candidates will be able to successfully undertake upon completion

- An overview of the training and how learners are assessed

- How the Diploma leads to membership of the RICS

- Diploma intakes and investment required

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Who is the Diploma designed for?

This vocational diploma has been purpose designed to meet the needs of modern housing providers.

Typical candidates are likely to be drawn from social landlords, but also housing providers in the private rented sector and from institutions such as defence and healthcare.

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