Demand grows for new residential surveying qualification

Another open day for prospective residential surveyors and valuers is being held in April in response to strong demand for a new qualification launched just six months ago.

The first three intakes of learners on the new SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation have been a sell-out, and new intakes will now be organised for May and September this year.

Hilary Grayson, head of surveying services at SAVA, said:

“We have known for some time that the UK is heading towards a skills shortage in the residential surveying industry. This will impact on future housing and leading markets – indeed, statistics show that in busy periods many house sales are already subject to delay due to a shortage of mortgage surveyors. Other figures show that, even within the current surveying workforce, we are looking at an ageing workforce with more than half of surveyors aged over 50 and one in four over 60.”

“But these factors also make residential surveying an increasingly attractive career opportunity for a new generation of skilled people interested in property. Even the government has named surveying as one of the UK’s 40 top jobs crucial in the next decade.”

“I’m sure that’s why we are seeing such interest in our Diploma. SAVA is unique in providing a flexible route through to becoming a residential surveyor and associate member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling people to study around existing work commitments.”

“It’s a very demanding qualification, but we are already fully booked for February and will bring in additional intakes of learners later this year.”

The SAVA School of Surveying open day is taking place on 17 April at the National Energy Centre in Milton Keynes.

Recognised by RICS, the SAVA Diploma in Residential Surveying and Valuation is taught via a combination of distance and face-to-face learning, and is delivered flexibly, meaning people wanting to study can do so around their existing work and life commitments. This is very different from traditional routes into surveying which are long, complicated and fraught with problems for new entrants into the profession.

Hilary Grayson continued:

“Residential surveying is particularly suited to those who are passionate about housing, are confident in dealing with other people, determined and self-motivated, and have a good eye for detail – qualities which are often found in housebuilders and developers.”

“We believe these people could help to alleviate the looming skills shortage in surveying, and could become new associate members of RICS, an accreditation that is so important both professionally and to the industry as a sign of quality.”

Alan Milstein, a residential surveyor and chairman of the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA), said:

“Being a residential surveyor is a rewarding career. In essence, residential surveyors assess properties for their general condition, energy efficiency and value, and those on the SAVA Scheme can also produce Home Condition Surveys which help home buyers understand the condition of the property they want to purchase.”

“Residential surveying is an integral part of the housing market and offers good prospects, with potential for qualified surveyors to work within companies such as estate agents and banks, or to set up on their own and offer surveying services on a consultancy basis to businesses and home buyers alike.”