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Sunday 24th October 2021

Diploma in Residential Surveying

An in-depth training programme for those who wish to undertake residential condition surveys and gain knowledge on residential construction and pathology. It does not include valuation and is accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).  It is also ideal for those who are already a member of RICS through a different route to membership  e.g. commercial property, but but who want a change of direction in their career.

Qualification details

The Diploma is a vocationally related qualification, meaning it gives you the skills and knowledge to be a well-rounded residential surveyor. The Diploma is delivered part time and is delivered in two parts – training and assessment.

Key features:

  • A vocational qualification to enable existing property professionals to gain knowledge on residential construction and pathology
  • Level 6 vocational related Diploma
  • Training material and course training days delivered by industry leaders
  • Provides in-depth training and assessment

Qualification Summary

Qualification type:

Level 6 vocational related Diploma

Qualification Duration:

18-22 months

Awarding body:

Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE)

Study method:

Part-time blended learning including 14 classroom days

Qualification outcome:

Diploma in Residential Surveying

Learning Credits:



Training lasts for 10 months and is delivered via a mix of face-to-face and online learning. It includes the following modules:

Module information - click to view
  • 1. Construction

    This module focuses on foundations, floors and walls, desktop research, scale drawings, floor plans and calculating U-values as well as building services

  • 2. Inspecting Property

    The inspection ‘agenda’ and equipment, property measurements to include floor, volume and ceiling as well as the residential cost-rebuilding calculator

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. RdSAP Masterclass

    An introduction to RdSAP (a tool for measuring energy efficiency) conventions is provided in this module

  • 7. Energy

    This module concentrates on identifying appropriate energy improvement measures and renewable technologies (not as dictated by RdSAP conventions)

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Law

    The law and its background, easements, restrictive covenants, contract law, negligence and occupier’s liability are looked at in this module.


Once the training is complete, you will then produce a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This will include 10 condition reports so that you can demonstrate your technical knowledge, as well as written tasks to assess your business and interpersonal skills. This is followed by a multiple-choice external examination.

How long does it take?

The training takes 10 months, and once this is complete you move onto assessment. The assessment should take around 12 months to complete.

Trainer expertise

The training is delivered by leading surveying practitioners, including Larry Russen, Mike Ridgell, John Wheatley, and Carrie de Silva from BlueBox Partners.

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 minimum 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.

Who the Qualification is designed for?

The Diploma is designed for those who wish to undertake residential condition surveys and gain knowledge on residential construction and pathology. Ideal for those who are already a member of the RICS but qualified through a different pathway e.g. commercial property.

"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

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

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What is a Residential Surveyor?

A residential surveyor deals with all aspects of residential property. Principal activities are valuing and surveying property as well as the management, purchase, sale, or leasing of land and property.

Career rewards?

  • There’s a high demand for surveying services across the UK and there’s limited supply of new surveyors
  • A career in residential surveying offers great freedom and flexibility such as working for yourself or with an established company
  • The RICS Recruit website also provides up to date information on career opportunities click here for more info

Opportunities within residential surveying

The Diploma in Residential Surveying is very similar to the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation – but without the valuation element. Consequently, it does not map against the RICS Associate pathway for Residential Survey and Valuation and currently there is no alternative pathway, so on its own it will not give direct entry to RICS. It is however accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).

Because it is a robust level 6 Diploma it may give you direct access to employment on its own, and if combined with previous experience, other professional qualifications (such as Associate Membership of RICS through a different route to membership), or other academic qualifications, it may give access to the following 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.
  • Working with a housing provider – you will have a deep understanding of construction and building pathology, essential for modern housing managers.
  • 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.

In addition, it is an excellent option for someone returning to residential property after a career break or working in a different sector as it demonstrates valid CPD with a Certificate of competence.

Course Fees

The total qualification cost is £9,950 inc. VAT. Payment plans are available. Click here to view the full pricing information.

Course Intakes

The Certificate is run from several locations throughout the UK. Contact us for more information on start dates.

Industry endorsements & quotes

Ben Browne

Surveyor with Arnold & Baldwin Chartered Surveyors

Ben graduated with Sava in 2018, In this video hear about Ben’s story to become a

Ewa Wolska

Surveyor with Michael Holden Chartered Surveyors

Ewa graduated with Sava in 2018. In this video hear about what Ewa loves about her new career
in surveying.

Nick Goldsmith

Surveyor with Arnold & Baldwin Chartered Surveyors

Nick graduated with Sava in 2018. In this video, hear about why Nick decided on a new career
in surveying and how he achieved his Diploma.

Industry endorsements & quotes

“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

“At Arnold & Baldwin we recruit top quality candidates from a variety of backgrounds. We recognise the transferable skills from other industries and professions, such as estate agency.
The knowledge our current Sava alumni [who have completed the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation] possess is very impressive. We want all of our surveyors to have the same level of knowledge. We are currently putting 3 members of staff through the Certificate in Residential Surveying”

Joe Arnold, BSc (Hons) MRICS Registered Valuer
Managing Director, Arnold & Baldwin Chartered Surveyors

We are not currently running any events for the Diploma in Residential Surveying. Please call us on 01908 442158 to find out more.

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