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Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation

About the Qualification

What is the qualification and what do I do with it?

If you are looking for a pathway into residential surveying, this Diploma is a unique qualification giving those without a relevant degree the opportunity to join the profession.

The Diploma is a level 6 qualification, overseen by the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE). It’s approved for Direct Entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) meaning you can gain AssocRICS membership as soon as you qualify, and be earning a living as a surveyor.

"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"

Chris Norris, Diploma Graduate

Larry Russen, Chartered Surveyor & Diploma Trainer explains how
learners are taught by industry experts

How is the Diploma structured?

Vocational Learning
The Diploma is a vocational qualification, meaning it is all about giving you the skills and knowledge to be a well-rounded residential surveyor.

Part Time Learning
The Diploma is delivered part time, and is delivered in two parts – training and assessment. 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
Once the training is complete, you will then produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This will include condition reports and valuations so that you can demonstrate your technical knowledge, as well as written tasks to assess your business and interpersonal skills. It is through this assessment stage that you demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to be a residential surveyor and gain direct entry into RICS.


  • 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, 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 The inspection ‘agenda’ and equipment, property measurements to include floor, volume and ceiling as well as the residential cost-rebuilding calculator.
  • 7. 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 plus loads more.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Report Writing This module advises on the production and distribution of condition reports. It covers principles of good report writing, limitations of the report.
  • 10. RdSAP Masterclass An introduction to RdSAP (a tool for measuring energy efficiency) conventions is provided in this module.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. Energy This module concentrates on identifying appropriate energy improvement measures and renewable technologies (not as dictated by RdSAP conventions).
  • 13. HCS Practical This day focuses on the Sava Home Condition Survey as a product and covers product rules and terms of engagement, a site visit to carry out an inspection and detailed analysis of the property such as walls or roof.
  • 14. Introduction to Assessment Preparation for the assessment process, how to present evidence and overview of online portfolio system.

"I was attracted to the course because it is run by industry leaders and it also gave me the flexibility to keep working in my current role while I was studying. I liked how quickly you could qualify if you were prepared to put the work in"

James Quinn, Diploma Graduate,
Now Owner Of Surveying Company

How long does it take?

The training takes 12 months, and once this is complete you move onto assessment.

We encourage learners to take no longer than 12 months in assessment, and whilst some learners complete in as little as 6 months, 12 months is more realistic.

So overall, the diploma takes 24 months to complete.

Diploma pricing

The investment required is £13,950, including VAT (£11,625 net of VAT).

With many universities charging in excess of £9,000 per year for a full-time undergraduate degree, the Sava surveying diploma offers a competitive alternative for those who wish to study part-time.

Monthly finance options are also available through Deko. For more information on how you can spread your payments over a number of years please talk to one of our Course Advisors on 01908 442158.

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“Two years on from completing the course the company has grown massively, we operate from Bristol to Birmingham. We’ve taken on additional surveyors to meet the workload and are now looking to recruit more”

James Quinn, Diploma Graduate

Trainer expertise

The training is delivered by leading surveying practitioners, including Phil Parnham, Larry Russen, Chris Rispin and Alan Appleby – many of whom deliver training for RICS and have written much of the industry guidance and text books that are used on the Diploma.

You can read more about the training team and their personal bios by downloading the prospectus or clicking here.

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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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Career Opportunities

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