Further your career with Sava

If you are looking to develop your career or keep your skills up to date, then have a look at the range of training and qualifications we offer below for property professionals and those looking to enter the industry.


Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation

A level 6 qualification providing a pathway into residential surveying for those without any previous experience in the industry

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Certificate in Residential Valuation

An online qualification for existing professionals (e.g. RICS or CIOB members) who now wish to offer valuations on residential property. Mapped against the RICS Valuer Registration Assessment.

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Diploma in Residential Surveying

A training programme for those who wish to undertake residential condition surveys and gain knowledge on residential construction and pathology with limited assessment. Ideal for those returning to the residential surveying sector.

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Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) Training

An online qualification giving you the skills required to assess buildings and produce Energy Performance Certificates for domestic dwellings.

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If you’re not looking for a qualification, but want to enhance your knowledge and earn some CPD hours, try our online training modules below:

Online Training Modules

Damp and Condensation

This module provides an understanding of the process of diagnosing the cause of defects such as dampness and moisture in buildings.

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Damp and mould in housing – an introduction to how water behaves in buildings – Virtual Classroom

This online virtual classroom considers how water vapour behaves in a traditional residential dwelling, especially on a ‘cold’ surface – and how occupiers can be impacted. 

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Level 3 Inspection and Reporting – Virtual Classroom

This online virtual classroom considers the differences between Level 2 and Level 3 inspections and reporting and how to produce Level 3 Surveys compliant with the RICS Home Survey Standard.  

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Floors and Joinery

This module focuses on how residential properties should be built correctly looking at floors, and windows and joinery.

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Inspecting Residential Properties – Pre-Inspection

This training module explains the concept of desk top research and the sources of information surveyors and other residential professionals use.

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Inspection and Post Actions

This module explains good inspection and recording practice, and how follow-up research and good reporting are essential to provide a fully professional service to the client.

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Internal and External Finishes

This module focuses on how residential properties should be finished correctly.

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Introduction to Basic Surveying Skills

This module explains why ‘looking and seeing’ are critical skills for anyone working in residential property.

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Introduction to Building Regulations

This module covers the Approved Documents and explains how they provide guidance for how each ‘Part’ of the Building Regulations can be complied with when undertaking building work (including plumbing, electrics, extensions, etc.)

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Invasive Non-Native Plants

This module develops your skills in identifying and understanding the law and management of invasive non-native plant species, including Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.

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Principles of Residential Valuation

This module explains the underpinning principles and complexities of the valuation of residential properties.

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Professional skills required as a Residential Surveyor

This module discusses what it means to be professional and introduces technical competence and what this means, ethics, client care, communication, regulation, professional conduct etc. It includes conflict avoidance, management, and dispute resolution procedures.

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This module focuses on how residential properties should be built correctly, focussing on roofs.

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Sites, Foundations and Walls

This training module focuses on how residential properties should be built correctly and considers where they are built (sites), the foundations, and walls.

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Underpinning Principles of Law for the Built Environment

This module introduces law and discusses how it is made and introduces some land law concepts such as easements, restrictive covenants, contract law, negligence and occupier’s liability. It also covers legal and regulatory compliance.

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Water Supply and Drainage

This module focuses on the potential hazards associated with drainage and water supply, how to inspect them in a safe manner and introduces the relevant standards.

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James Brook, RICS Surveyor and Valuer

Sava offers bespoke training to the residential survey and valuation sector. This is, in my opinion, superior and prepares graduates far better for our area of work than any other traditional education courses. We have found all the Sava graduates we have interacted with to be very competent and prepared for the world of surveying.”

James Brook, FRICS
Managing Director,
Novello Chartered Surveyors