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The SAVA School of Surveying is dedicated to providing high quality surveying qualifications to those looking to embark on a new career.


Sava is dedicated to providing high quality surveying qualifications to those looking to embark on a new career. We offer industry leading training to people who are seeking a rewarding career in surveying and have the ambition, ability and application to succeed.

Sava has more than a decade of experience in training and accrediting residential surveyors and has created this new qualification to address the shortage of RICS registered residential surveyors. 

The qualification is recognised by both RICS and top employers and will give you an excellent start and the specialist knowledge you need to build a successful career in surveying and valuation.

We have a choice of several locations for the training including Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Mancester and Surrey.

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Milton Keynes, MK5 8NA Part time day



Leatherhead, KT24 6DT Part time day




Helen Orme

National Energy Centre

Milton Keynes



Nearest station


( 1.4 miles)


( 14.2 miles)

Horsley Park

Ockham Road South



KT24 6DT


Nearest station


( 0.6 miles)

Hatton Cross

( 8.7 miles)

Manchester - Copthorne Hotel

Clippers Quay


M50 3SN


Nearest station

milesSalford Crescent

( 0.8 miles)


( 87.4 miles)

National Energy Centre

Davy Avenue


Milton Keynes



Nearest station


( 1.4 miles)


( 14.2 miles)

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Subject strengths

At the SAVA School Of Surveying we have a reputation for excellence, enlisting only expert Chartered Surveyors and university lecturers to deliver the diploma.

Our approach to training is learner-centred and we do our best to maintain a supportive learning environment throughout the course.

It is with great pride that we offer the Diploma. The qualification is recognised by the surveying profession and has the full support of the Royal Insitution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which we believe is a testament to the high quality of the training we deliver. 

We work with sector-leading specialists drawn from universities and the commercial sector:

Subject Tutors:

Larry Russen:

Larry Russen is a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Building Engineer and Party Wall Surveyor. He also has a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He practises in Norfolk and carries out building surveys, schedules of dilapidation and condition and acts as a party wall surveyor on all property types.

In the last 25 years he has taught and helped train thousands of students, surveyors and energy assessors on subjects including building pathology, damp, building regulations, energy assessment and party walls. He has appeared in the High Court as an expert witness, has had articles and books on professional subjects published, advisory-edited two other books and is currently responsible for on-line guidance for Chartered Surveyors about survey reports. 


Alan Appleby:

Alan Appleby is a technical trainer and an independent surveyor with extensive experience in the surveying field. He uses his expertise to train diploma learners in valuation and property inspection.

Alan applied to study for the BSc in Urban Land Administration at Portsmouth University, graduating at the age of 19. He began his surveying career as an Assistant Surveyor for Frank Innes and joined as an Associate Member of RICS in 1981. Alan has owned and developed two busy estate agency and surveying offices and has been awarded the prestigious status of RICS Fellow, testament to his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Alan has appeared on Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, working with George Clarke to save a collapsing 18th century flint mill and transforming it into his new home.


Ian Brindell

Ian has a wealth of knowledge in the property and surveying industry, being particularly interested in developing processes and making sure that surveyors and valuers learn to use best practice.

Ian was involved in the establishment of Wolton Chartered Surveyors, spending 14 years as Compliance & Risk Director. He was also the Joint Chair of the External Examination Panel for the Awarding Body for the Built Environment (ABBE). Ian is currently the Co-Owner of Better Prepared Ltd, a firm of chartered surveyors practising in the East Midlands.

Ian has shared his expertise with surveyors and valuers across the country.by co-authoring the first edition of the RICS ‘Valuation of Individual New-Build Homes’ and acting as technical author on a draft of the 3rd edition of  ‘Mundic Guidance’. 

Chris Rispin:

Chris Rispin is Managing Director of BlueBox Partners who undertake vocational training and also provide support for independent surveying practices in respect of report peer review and complaint handling.

Chris Rispin has helped to shape the industry he started out in. After identifying gaps in residential surveyor training Chris wrote Residential Property Appraisal which is considered the essential benchmark for surveying and valuation.

With significant industry experience Chris has been writing and delivering training courses and CPD on technical surveying issues for several years. He has presented numerous courses including the series on “Property Horrors” and is the Technical Author for the new RICS Automated Valuation Models guidance.

Chris also undertakes forensic research into property valuations. He is Director of Technical Services with Allied Surveyors Diligence with responsibility for quality control. 

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As blended learning our courses run at a range of locations as well as requiring home study. In the past we have run courses in Milton Keynes, Maple House Birmingham and Manchester.

Keep in touch via our website or facebook page to see the announcements of the latest courses and locations.




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How to enrol

The Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is a diverse opportunity that is not only immediately fee earning but gives you the competence to develop your career.

We encourage you to not only think about whether you want to complete the Diploma but where you will go once you have reached that stage. Is this something you want to do?

The Diploma is not just a course in how to be a Surveyor, it is a level 6 vocational qualification, equivalent to a university degree in terms of academic rigour and offers entry into the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as an Associate Member. 

The Diploma is a commitment into a complete career change, opening many doors and opportunities for your life’s path. Before you decide to commit to the course it is really important that you have all your questions answered, we strongly recommend you to get in contact with us to discuss any concerns. If you would prefer to talk and listen to industry experts and the course tutors we urge you to attend one of our open days that run periodically and are completely free of charge. 

If you have just missed an Open Day or were unable to attend but wanted to, we have a library of previous seminars covering various topics by a wide range of industry professionals from the world of surveying. You can find all these videos and more online at 


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Open days


We understand that enrolling on the diploma is a big decision and that you will have many questions. This is why we run open events for you to find out more about the course and the career prospects, to meet the team and to ask all your burning questions. 


Our open events include a mix of seminar-style talks from industry leaders and the SAVA team, Q&A, and one-to-ones giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have away from the public forum. 


We hold regular Open Days throughout the year giving you the chance to: 

  • Get to know the SAVA team
  • Speak with industry experts 
  • Ask all your burning questions
  • Find out if a career in residential surveying is for you


Our Open Days are designed with you in mind – to answer your questions about the course and to give you a feel for the overall profession. We are proud to say that many of the people who attend our open days go on to enrol on the Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation.  


Our open events include a mix of seminar-style talks from industry leaders and the SAVA team, Q&A, and one-to-ones giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have away from the public forum. 


There are open days throughout the year and we generally have four to five intakes each year.

Our Open Days are run in Milton Keynes, Birmingham and Manchester - details can be found at:


or give us a call on :01908 442158

or email: info@sava.co.uk


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Student story


Alix - SAVA Diploma Learner:

When mother–of-two Alix Heritage was looking for career that would give her the flexibility to spend time with children and provide job satisfaction she didn’t to expect to find it in a pub.

“It was a job I enjoyed but when Max and I were expecting our first baby eight years ago we agreed running a pub and starting a family wasn’t an ideal mix. I still wanted work but in a job that gave me the flexibility to spend time with the family we were starting.”

Then a chance conversation in the pub led to her career path taking an unexpected turn: “I was talking to one of my regulars, a chap called Nick Hanson, about my job dilemma. Nick has been an independent residential surveyor for 35 years and said he was looking for someone to help him with the admin.

After a few years Alix was looking to stretch herself and develop her skills but also needed to keep working as her second child had now been born.

“Nick suggested the vocational SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation as it allows you to fit the course work into your own schedule, meaning you can work and study at the same time.”

The diploma is the only vocational qualification route into a career in residential surveying and property valuation. It takes between 15 to 24 months to complete and combines home working with regular training sessions delivered by tutors where students can also meet their fellow learners.

“I’m not going to pretend it isn’t hard work but the tasks you are set are interesting and the tutors are also on hand if there’s something you need or don’t understand.

“It can be quite intense but it’s only for two years and you have to remember there’s a whole new way of life waiting for you at the end of it.”

Alix is enjoying the course so much she’s become one if its most passionate advocates, she reveals: “I’ve recommended the course to my friends and one has already signed up. To anyone who’s thinking about it I’d say one thing - ‘Just get out there and do it!’.”

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Contact details

The SAVA School of Surveying

Call us at 01908 442158 to find out more!