Skills for Social Landlords.

Improving social housing through training and skills development

Improving skills to create warm, safe, desirable homes for the future

There is a shortage of ‘bricks and mortar’ skills amongst organisations who own and look after the UKs 5 million social rented properties. There is significant business benefit to these organisations if they had a higher skilled workforce. In addition, the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 requires that all senior managers are qualified to Level 4 or 5.

Sava has been providing skills and education within the built environment for the last 40 years and we have developed a range of qualifications and training programmes to help address this skills shortage.

Self-paced building surveying qualifications



Diploma in Residential Surveying & Valuation

The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is a vocational, part-time qualification in the key residential construction and pathology skills needed to identify defects and better understand housing. Originally developed for surveyors working in the private sector undertaking mortgage valuations and RICS condition surveys; the skills acquired can equally be applied to the social housing sector.

Over 600 surveyors have qualified through a Sava programme over the last 9 years and become professional members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).


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Online training modules

These are shorter courses which are not qualifications but provide CPD and cover a range of specialist subjects from damp, to electrics, to surveying skills and more.

If you are wanting to develop your skills, a Sava online training module could be perfect for you.


  • If you’re going into a technical role, you need to have the knowledge. It’s not something that can be learned with a week of training; understanding how condition reports and condition ratings come together is an in-depth process. Completing the course with Sava and building my knowledge has vastly improved my confidence. I wanted to know buildings inside out and really get stuck into their makeup, and that’s what I got.

    Fallon Warren
    Senior Retrofit Building Surveyor and Retrofit Coordinator, Orbit Group.
  • If residential surveyors are going to take the lead in improving the UK’s housing stock, then we need two things to happen.  Firstly we need to increase the skills of every residential surveyor to competently tackle the myriad of issues, be it damp or zero carbon.  And secondly we need many more of them!”

    Hilary Grayson, Director of Surveying, Sava
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