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 UK’s 5 million social rented properties. There are significant business benefits to having a higher skilled workforce, from having the skills in house to identify issues and solutions promptly, to long-term efficiency savings and reputational benefits. In addition, the Social Housing (Regulation) Act 2023 requires that all senior managers are qualified to Level 4 or 5.

As leaders in the training space for residential property, Sava has developed a range of qualifications and training programmes to help address this skills shortage.

Self-paced building surveying qualifications

This is a new range of qualifications covering the major skills gaps for social landlords, focused on ‘bricks and mortar’ skills.

  • Delivered online to provide flexibility, accessibility and to be cost effective.
  • They are all self-paced so that individuals can go at their own speed.
  • The qualifications are modular and stackable.
  • The awards and certificates are all Level 4.
  • Achievement of a certificate will lead to membership of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE), ensuring professional endorsement.


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 to 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 and electrics to surveying skills and more.

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


  • Image shows Sava graduate, Fallon Warren

    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
    Head of Environment and Sustainability, and Retrofit Coordinator, Longhurst Group.