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Most prospective agricultural valuers will have had an initial college training at one of three colleges:

All three offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The undergraduate courses at Harper Adams are usually four year sandwich courses with the third year spent on a work placement, gaining practical experience to support the work done in college.

A member of staff in each of the three colleges liases with the CAAV and would normally be the person who would assist with membership and other matters. They are listed in the college sections below.

Others members enter the profession with other qualifications or experience.

All three offer courses which are Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accredited degrees and allow graduates to enrol directly onto the RICS' Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). The sandwich placement year carried out at Harper Adams may be counted as one of the two years' required training for the RICS' APC. For more information on the RICS' APC/ ATC please click here.

Other institutions providing courses supporting the profession are:
Cambridge University (Department of Land Economy)
College of Estate Management (Reading) – e-learning & correspondence courses

while some members have previously studied at Newcastle and Aberdeen universities.


Harper Adams is based just outside Newport in east Shropshire.  Harper Adams University College

The college was recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning by the Higher Education Funding Council in 2005, and has recently launched a National Rural Knowledge Exchange in support of rural professions.

The main courses of interest to aspiring CAAV members are likely to be:

The B.Sc.(Hons) Rural Enterprise and Land Management (REALM), a four year sandwich honours degree in which the third year of the course is spent on a practical professional placement.

This course also gives admission to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The BSc in Rural Property Management covers similar material to the REALM course but is NOTY RICS accredited for the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). Like REALM it includes a placement year in which students can gain professional or practical experience in industry. This course is also suitable for admission to the  RICS Assessment of Technical Competence (ATC).

The PgC/PgD/MSc Rural Enterprise, Amenity & Land Management (REALM), which can be taken full-time or part time via a series of intensive one-week modules.  Eight modules and a dissertation are studied for the MSc.  Twelve modules are taken for the PgD.  This course also gives admission to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

The CAAV representative at Harper Adams is Charles Cowap. (Send Email)



Undergraduate courses are for three years.

There are four undergraduate courses run by the Department of Real Estate & Planning, part of the University Business School. 

BSc Rural Property Management

BSc Real Estate (rural)

BSc Investment & Finance in Property

BSc Real Estate with Diploma or MSc Urban Planning.

Click here for further information.

Postgraduate courses include MSc Rural Land and Business Management (one year) and MSc in Rural Planning.

The CAAV representative at Reading is Nick Millard who may be contacted for further information regarding the courses at Reading (Send Email)

The School of Rural Economy and Land Management offers a three year undergraduate route and a one year (full time) postgraduate route into the rural surveying profession. Both courses are suitable for students wishing to become members of the CAAV.

Undergraduate B.Sc. (Hons) in Rural Land Management

Postgraduate M.Sc. in Rural Estate Management

The CAAV representatives at Cirencester are Rebecca Marshall (Send Email) and David Lewis (Send Email).


Undergraduate courses are for three years. 

Department of Land Economy - Undergraduate courses (3 years duration)


This college, based in Reading, offers the CEM Graduate Development Programme which is a distance-learning programme (including a rural route) supported by printed material and online activities and material, which leads to the award of the Graduate Diploma in Surveying, and with the addition of further study and dissertation, MSc. Students on the course should normally be working for a surveying practice. More information is available on the College of Estate Management website. Part-time graduate students on this course may register for the RICS APC.

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