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Tuesday 24th May 2022

Certificate in Residential Valuation

The Certificate in Residential Valuation is a fully packaged training and assessment programme that allows existing professionals (e.g. RICS or CIOB members) to offer valuations on residential property.

The qualification has been mapped against the RICS Valuation Registration Scheme making it straight-forward to apply.

Qualification details

The Certificate in Residential Valuation is a fully packaged training and assessment programme that allows existing professionals (e.g. RICS or CIOB members) to offer valuations on residential property.

Key features:

  • Mapped against the RICS Valuation Registration Scheme
  • Delivered entirely online so can be undertaken in your own time
  • Training material and webinars delivered by industry leaders
  • Study is part time, and can be completed in 6-9 months so you can complete it whilst continuing to work in your current job

Qualification Summary

Qualification type:

Level 6 vocational related Certificate

Qualification Duration:

6-9 months

Awarding body:

Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE)

Study method:


Qualification outcome:

Recognised residential valuation competency, can apply to RICS Valuer Registration Scheme

Learning Credits:



The Certificate in Valuation will be delivered through an online learning platform giving you flexibility as to where and when you undertake your learning.  Training materials include:

  • Workbooks
  • Webinars with experienced trainers
  • Access to RICS’s online portal iSurv
  • Access to Rightmove’s Surveyor Comparable Tool
  • Residential Property Appraisal textbook
  • Structured reading
  • Recorded Powerpoint presentations accessible online
  • Interactive activities
  • Full support from the Sava team
Module information - click to view
  • Module 1

    Introduction to the valuation process, understanding the economics, legislation & regulatory factors

  • Module 2

    Lender guidance & panel company responsibilities, impact of condition on value, application of legal framework. Flats, freehold & leasehold

  • Module 3

    Worth & value, analysing comparables, understanding the mortgage valuation

  • Module 4

    Specialist valuations


Assessment will cover both knowledge and competence . Learners will present a formal ‘portfolio’ comprising 10 detailed valuation case studies which will be assessed by an occupationally competent member of RICS. This will equate to the supervision required by the Registered Valuer Scheme (RVS).

How long does it take?

The training element of the qualification will take around 3 months. Assessment is expected to take between 3 and 6 months, although the speed that you move through assessment is very much down to the learner and the time and dedication they can give.

How much study do I need to undertake?

This depends on the relevance of your past work experience and your individual learning style. Most learners dedicate a minimum of 10-15 hours each week to study.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal requirements for entry onto this qualification. However, learners should be able to demonstrate English Writing, Mathematics and IT skills comprehension at a level equivalent to an A-C GCSE. You must possess sufficient understanding, knowledge and experience in construction and building pathology to be able to conduct a professional condition survey on a residential property.

Who the Qualification is designed for?

The Certificate is ideal for those who want to offer valuations on residential property and are already either:

  • Members of RICS who qualified via a different pathway
  • Members of RICS returning after a career break
  • Members of other professional bodies who have rights of direct entry to RICS. This could include: –
    • Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB)
    • Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)
    • Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT)
    • Institution of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate (ICWCI)

"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

You will be taught by industry experts

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Undertaking residential valuation work correctly is critical for the UK housing market. Many RICS members are excluded from doing valuations for secured lending purposes because they don’t have the practical experience necessary. This qualification demonstrates that you are competent and will give you immediate credibility with employers and the lending institutions.

The qualification maps against the pathway to join the RICS Valuer Registration Scheme (VRS). Because the qualification is so robust, it ticks off all the elements you need to join the VRS, making it much more straightforward to apply successfully. You can read more about the Valuer Registration Scheme here.

Once qualified your firm could join a panel such as the SDL Network or Legal and General Surveying Services to offer valuations.

Course Fees

The qualification cost is £3,250 inc VAT. Payment plans are available. Click here to view the full pricing information.

Course Intakes

There is an intake starting the first of every month. Please contact us on 01908 442158 or at for more details.


Industry endorsements & quotes

“Legal & General Surveying Services supports Sava’s development of the new Certificate in Residential Valuation. Through the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, Sava has established itself as a leading provider of education to new entrants to the profession.

We consider that the new Certificate will plug a gap by providing a formal, documented process to allow surveyors from other disciplines to enter the survey and valuation world and should provide confidence to potential clients and employers”

Geoff Bramall BSc (Hons) DipArb FRICS FCIArb, Head of Technical Services, Legal & General Surveying Services

“I am doing the course because I consider it a brilliant way to get into residential property. I have always been interested in residential, although it is not my current area, and this is a great way to expand my skill set. I chose the Sava certificate over ordinary CPD as I am allocated an assessor to ensure I have grasped the principles correctly and at the end of the process I will have something to show for it”

 Andy Xitsas, BA (Hons) MRICS, Associate Director, TK Retail Property Consultants

Come along to a 30 min webinar to find out more about the Certificate in Residential Valuation and how it provides the training and assessment needed to allow existing professionals (e.g. RICS or CIOB members) to offer valuations on residential property. There will be time at the end for questions.

Next Webinar:

Wed 15th June, 3pm

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