SAVA School of Surveying



Training the next generation of residential surveyors and valuers

The SAVA School of Surveying offers a unique opportunity to join the residential surveying profession and become an Associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in just 15 – 24 months.

The school delivers the industry-recognised Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation. This diploma is the only qualification of its kind, giving those without a traditional surveying degree the opportunity to pursue a career focused on surveying residential property.

With a contemporary approach to training, the school delivers its courses part-time via a blend of face-to-face and distance learning, with just two contact days per month. This is great if you are looking to study around your existing work and family commitments.


The school delivers courses across the UK and you can expect to qualify in just 15 – 24 months, depending on the time you can commit to your studies. Once qualified, you can:

  • Work independently or seek employment in a firm of surveyors
  • Join the SAVA Scheme for Surveyors to offer the SAVA Home Condition Survey
  • Apply for direct entry into RICS to offer RICS surveys (e.g. the RICS HomeBuyer Report) to homebuyers


What is a residential surveyor?

Have you ever bought a domestic property? If so, you will know how important it is to commission a residential surveyor to assess its condition before you commit to buying. Without a survey you run the risk of finding out your dream home is really a nightmare in disguise. Wood worm, building movement, Japanese knotweed in the garden – these are all things to look out for when buying a property. Residential surveyors are specially trained to carry out property visits and identify defects such as these, helping homebuyers to protect their investments and even negotiate on price.


Associate Director Residential at RICS, Graham Ellis, says:

Start your residential surveying career today with the SAVA School of Surveying.

About SAVA School of Surveying


The SAVA School of Surveying offers the only vocational route into the residential surveying industry via the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation. This course gives those without a traditional surveying degree the opportunity to enter the property surveying profession in just 15-24 months –  without committing to a full-time qualification.


The SAVA School offers a contemporary approach to training, delivering part-time courses via a blend of face-to-face and distance learning, meaning students can gain an industry-recognised qualification without giving up their existing work and family commitments. Unlike a university degree, the SAVA diploma places a specific focus on residential property and graduates of the school can gain direct entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) via the residential pathway once qualified. This prestigious membership is recognised by surveying firms and the general public as a badge of quality and professionalism.

The qualification gives SAVA graduates the opportunity to work independently for a more flexible career, or to seek employment in a surveying firm, offering homebuyer surveys such as the RICS HomeBuyer Report and the SAVA Home Condition Survey.

What does the diploma mean for you?

  • Flexible career opportunities
    Once qualified, you can pursue the employment route that suits you. Looking for flexible working? Market your surveying services and work as an independent practitioner. Seeking employment? Join an existing firm of surveyors.
  • Professional memberships
    The SAVA diploma is recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as a direct entry route into the organisation at Associate membership level. This means you can apply to join RICS as soon as you have completed the qualification.
  • High salary prospects
    According to popular careers website “The average salary of an experienced residential surveyor is around £46,000. AssocRICS earn around £43,500. Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) earn more than their non-RICS counterparts. An MRICS (or chartered surveyor) earns an average of £57,000, and a FRICS £70,000, compared with a non RICS counterpart who earns on average about £44,000.”

Benefits of training with SAVA

  • Direct entry into RICS at Associate member level
  • Part-time learning to fit around work and life commitments
  • Training delivered by industry experts with chartered surveyor status
  • Qualify in just 15 – 24 months
  • 1 year’s membership to the SAVA Scheme

Learner feedback

“I chose the diploma because I wanted to learn from the professionals – from people who work every day in the property field and who have experience in surveying and valuation. RICS accreditation was also essential for me.”

  • E. Wolska

“I would really recommend this course to others…the opportunities afterwards are very appealing and the flexibility really does mean that you can have it all – a focus on the family and a rewarding and varied career.”

  • A. Heritage

What is the industry saying?

The diploma was created with the full support of RICS and is recognised by some of the top surveying firms in the UK. With nearly 300 learners now enrolled on the course, the SAVA school is fast becoming the training provider of choice for career changers and surveying firms looking to expand their workforce.

Hilary Grayson, Head of Surveying Services at SAVA, says:

“We have previously delivered courses in Milton Keynes, Brighouse, Barnsley and London, and have added a new course date in Surrey due to popular demand. As our presence across the UK increases, we are fast becoming the training provider of choice for career changers looking to break into the surveying industry.

“The diploma offers a more focused and competitive alternative to university education. This is especially beneficial to those who, for whatever reason, cannot afford the time and expense of an intensive full-time degree. At the SAVA School of Surveying it is our mission to train the next generation of surveyors and valuers and we have a wonderful team of people who are dedicated to ensuring the success of every learner that enrols on the course.”

Find out more

The school has a number of training hubs across the UK with course scheduled in Milton Keynes, Surrey, Manchester and Birmingham in 2017.

To find out more about the SAVA School of Surveying and how you can train to become a residential surveyor, please contact a SAVA course adviser on 01908 442158, email or visit the SAVA School of Surveying website: