Your surveying career starts here

Advance your property career and join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The Sava diploma allows you to continue your current role while you learn through the only vocational route into the residential surveying profession.

Build on your expertise  |  Grow your earning potential  | Enjoy new career opportunities

If you're a problem solver by nature, qualify as a residential surveyor and become a 'house detective', inspecting properties, identifying issues and offering expert advice to homebuyers as they make the biggest purchase of their lives.

How you learn

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Part-time, hands-on learning

With the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, you'll learn and network with expert trainers renowned in the industry for their contributions to the surveying profession. Learning from their experiences, you'll be taught everything you need to become a successful residential surveyor.

With a balance of face-to-face, practical, virtual and online learning, you'll be able to study alongside your current role and qualify in 24 months. No essays required!

Face-to-face support

During your face-to-face training days, you'll learn from your cohort and meet your trainers in person. We offer these training days in locations across the UK, you simply need to choose the course location that's right for you.

For accessibility, the course is delivered partly online, keeping unnecessary travel to a minimum.

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Find a role

Helping you find a role

Once qualified, you can choose to work for yourself, an SME or a leading surveying firm. To help, we hold a careers fair as part of our annual Surveying Expo to help you meet firms and other surveyors. We also offer career support to assist you in your search for employment.

Our graduates are sought after in the industry, with 96% of Sava graduates finding a surveying role within three months of qualifying - and many securing roles during their training.*

See what our graduates say

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"I cannot speak highly enough of the course structure and content. The classroom days are taught by leading surveyors who are still practising, and along with the support from the training team the whole process was really enjoyable." 
~ Jamie Shears

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"I would highly recommend Sava to anyone who is interested in becoming a surveyor. I was offered a job whilst training with Sava...and now run my own practice."
~ Andrew Hutchinson

Free introductory session

We hold regional open events and online webinars where you can come learn about the diploma for free before you enrol, giving you a unique insight into what it means to be a residential surveyor.

We'll look at the role of a surveyor in the housing market, what you'll be doing once qualified and, most importantly, how to get there. Register for an event today.

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Course details

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The modern route into surveying

The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is the only vocational route into residential surveying. It is a degree-equivalent qualification enabling those without a relevant degree or experience to become surveyors and valuers.

Over the course of 24 months, you'll attend 8 face-to-face days at a UK course location, 4 practical days at our training properties in Milton Keynes, and the rest of your learning is delivered through virtual classrooms and online study.

Accreditations and endorsements


Professional status

  • The qualification is overseen by the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE), part of Birmingham City University
  • It is approved for Direct Entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at Associate level, meaning you can join RICS as soon as you are qualified and begin offering RICS Home Surveys
  • It is accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

Kudos from employers

"Sava has changed the way we recruit surveyors for the better. We are now able to employ really enthusiastic and skilled, fully qualified individuals."
~ Kate Avery, Director at Avery Surveyors

"We believe that Sava qualified surveyors enrich our profession. The graduates are diverse and can bring skills and experiences from outside the industry."
~ James Quinn, Managing Director at GB Home Surveys

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Payment options and earning potential

Flexible payment options

We offer a number of payment options, including pay-as-you-learn and split payments, to help you plan and manage the cost of the diploma. At a fraction of the cost of university, the course is priced competitively and enables you to continue to earn while you learn.

Talk to us to find the payment plan that's right for you.

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How much can I earn?

Surveying is a profession. Your qualification gives you the ability to join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, of equivalent status to that of an accountant or a lawyer.

Starting salaries will vary depending on where and how you work; however, according to popular recruitment sites Reed and, entry level positions start at £45,000 per year. Within 3 years of graduating, the average basic salary is £61,000*, with senior and independent members of the profession reporting earnings in excess of £140,000 a year.

Ready to talk?

Contact a course expert

Our course experts are on hand to answer your questions and talk you through next steps.

Get in touch today for an informal chat about the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation, to find out about upcoming course dates and to kickstart your exciting journey into residential surveying.

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* insights from Sava graduate survey in January 2021 with responses from 88 graduates.