Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Landmark and SAVA join forces to enable Home Inspectors and DEAs to achieve AssocRICS

We are delighted to announce that Landmark Information Group, has joined forces with the SAVA School of Surveying to deliver a brand new Diploma course that enables direct entry as an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (AssocRICS), and increases the number of qualified surveyors that can undertake residential surveys and valuations.

The course provides qualified Home Inspectors, DEAs and new entrants with a tailored pathway to qualify as an AssocRICS and extend their credentials to conduct all residential valuations, offer RICS surveying products or, by joining the SAVA Scheme, to offer the Home Condition Survey – SAVA’s own home purchaser survey carefully tailored to the needs of the buyer. 

The new course not only gives Home Inspectors and other individuals the opportunity to extend their careers, but also supports the wider surveying industry by introducing new talent and improving overall capacity.

Peter Stimson, Managing Director – Landmark Quest, Landmark Information Group comments: “By working in partnership with SAVA, the new Diploma course provides Home Inspectors with an opportunity to extend their credentials so they can conduct valuations for surveyors, panel managers and mortgage lenders.  Landmark already supports surveyors and Home Inspectors with the data they need to make informed decisions when reporting on a property, combined with the technology to help deliver the process.  Now, with the new Diploma NVQ, we are helping to bring new blood into the industry, which is great for Home Inspectors and the wider industry as a whole.”

Chris Rispin, Managing Director, Bluebox: “Whereas previously, it was a requirement to be at a Member of RICS (MRICS) to conduct valuations, the AssocRICS qualification is now recognised by the industry as an appropriate standard.  SAVA and Landmark is pleased to launch the new Diploma course to enable Home Inspectors to extend their experience into the residential valuation space, while helping to fill a hole in the market for qualified experts in this field.”

Peter Bolton King, Global Residential Director at RICS welcomed the new qualifications. “The DipRSurv & Val provides a new and sensible route into residential surveying and valuation for new entrants that wish to concentrate their careers in these fields. The increasing demand for surveys and valuations is stretching the available resource of qualified professionals and the new qualifications are extremely timely. We look forward to welcoming many of the people that achieve these new qualifications into the RICS fold.”
The course is conducted over an 18-month period and includes a range of theory and practical assessment levels, delivered via a mix of face to face training, distance learning and practical assessment. It is hosted at the SAVA School of Surveying in Milton Keynes and is available for an inclusive, packaged fee from £5,940 depending on the entry route.  The next course intake starts in May 2015, with bookings being taken now. 

For more information, telephone 0844 844 9952 or visit

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