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Foundation in Valuation Methodology

Gain detailed knowledge needed for valuation, the main competencies of valuation practice, through to application of that knowledge. Learn best practice in inspection and measurement and ensure any valuation report meets RICS international valuation standards.

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Course Duration:
6 months
Tue 24 Sep 2019 - Tue 24 Mar 2020
10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
150 hours formal CPD

Note: The start date is subject to change depending on number of attendees for this course and at the discretion of RICS.


Course overview

As someone looking to begin a career in valuation, it is essential that you demonstrate comprehension of the correct methods to use for performance analysis, financing decision, development advice or transactional decisions. Specifically, this means knowing when, how and why to use the various valuation methods available.

Our course will enable you to assess the property market and be in a position to recognize which situations require which types of valuation, choose and apply the right methodology and create the valuation report in line with RICS best practice and international standards. You will also learn how to work with your clients.

Overall, we will furnish you with the skills to be able to begin work on valuation projects and demonstrate your ability to critically analyze valuations, identify red flags, and allow you to exercise your professional judgment. Gain detailed knowledge on the fundamentals of valuation practice and take the first steps towards working as a valuer of property or other asset classes.

Course Benefits

This course will give you the breadth of knowledge required to apply the principles of valuation on a day to day basis and add a holistic economic overview to your property market thought processes. Discover the practical research needed to prepare and produce a valuation. Find out how to find, weigh and analyze the comparable evidence to underpin your valuation. Understand how the numbers are produced when more unusual property is valued. Put the Valuation Standards into practice to confirm instructions and produce valuation reports consistently.

Who is this course for?

  • APC and Assoc candidates
  • Individuals looking to start a career in valuation or gain a fundamental grounding in valuation methods and practice
  • Professionals who need to create or work with valuations on a day to day basis including professionals working in finance functions or departments and real estate


The course is composed of 6 technical modules which will cover the core valuation competencies of inspection, measurement and valuation methodologies and report writing.

  • Module 0: Course Introduction
  • Module 1: Context and information gathering for valuation
  • Module 2: Comparable method and the market
  • Module 3: Investment method and two techniques
  • Module 4: Residual method traditional
  • Module 5: DRC and profits methods overview
  • Module 6: Valuation Standards and the client
  • Module 7: Course Review and Summary

For more information on the topics covered within each unit, please download the course guide below.

Download course guide

Learning outcomes

By the end of the web class, you will be able to:

  • Identify when and why a valuation is required
  • Apply best practice on inspection and investigation
  • Explain the international aspect of property measurement
  • Assess and identify the main drivers of value in your local market and globally
  • Describe and understand the role of the value within the property market
  • Explain key valuation methods theories and techniques
  • Select most appropriate method of valuation for a given property scenario
  • State the purpose of International Valuation Standards and RICS Valuation – Professional Standards.
  • Describe the use of the Valuation Standards from the client’s perspective.

Learning resources format


Within each module will be dedicated e-learning sessions. Within these courses delegates will gain an understanding around the practical techniques and international standards required within the construction and quantity surveying pathway.

Reading material

Learners will further study and understanding of the methodologies with the directed reading material. Sourced from textbooks and articles, these readings support development throughout the course program.

Case study

Technical case studies provide examples of practice, within these case studies participants will practice the theory taught within the module. Responses will be shared within the online forums.

Discussion forum

Questions, comments, case studies will be posted to the forum (one module) with the objective of allowing the participants to reflect on the e-learning and also to discuss their own experiences under each module heading around QS practice.

End of module quiz

At the end of each module is a short quiz, to check understanding of the content and to help track progress.

Live web classes

On completion of all the technical modules, participants will be required to attend one 1.5 hour live online web class. The structure of this session is to provide a detail overview of the practices and principles of QS. Provide participants with an open live forum to discuss their own interpretations and understanding of the learning outcomes of the course.

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  • RICS professionals $930
  • Non-RICS professionals $1165
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