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Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation

Career Opportunities

Opportunities within residential surveying

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 2018 UK rewards and attitudes 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.

View the highlights from the Residential Surveying Careers Fair which includes information on the career opportunities available once qualified.

21% higher salary

On average RICS qualification leads to a 21% higher base salary

How much can I earn?

  • According to the latest members survey undertaken by RICS, the average salary of an MRICS surveyor is £59,661, with Associate Members (AssocRICS) earning £49,293 and Fellows (FRICS) earning £79,568.
  • Across all RICS Surveyors in the UK, the average total reward is £85,767, comprising a salary of £58,633 and a bonus of £15,703, which is the highest reported figures for the last 10 years.
  • On average, being RICS qualified leads to a 21% higher base salary, compared to non-RICS qualified surveyors
  • 83% of RICS members believe economic activity will increase or stay the same in the next 12 months
  • The RICS Recruit website also provides up to date information on career opportunities click here for more info.

All salary data is taken from the RICS and Macdonald & Company UK Rewards & Attitudes Survey report, published in early 2018.

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).

Becoming a Residential Surveyor and Valuer is a professional career. Once you are an Associate Member of RICS practising as a surveyor, you will be able to advance your career by undertaking surveys on ever more complex properties, as well as gaining additional skills in specialist subjects such as historic buildings or valuations for investment portfolios. You will be able to advance to be a full Chartered Member of RICS, or even a Fellow.

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