The Five Methods of Valuation


When a valuer is estimating the value of a property, they must select the appropriate method. This will depend upon the nature of the property and the purpose for which the valuation is required. This course will provide an overview of all five methods, when it is appropriate to use a particular method and how to apply each method when carrying out a valuation.

Suitable for delegates who wish to gain a fundamental knowledge of the most commonly used valuation methods.

35 hours CPD

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The Five Methods of Valuation

This course examines in detail the five key property valuation methods: comparison, investment, residual, profits, and cost-based. It aims to develop the skills required to undertake valuations of the most common property types, namely residential offices, retail and industrial. It aims to enable you to develop a sound understanding of these methods and their application.

This course is most suitable for delegates employed in real estate, commercial property management, valuation, property development and associated professions who wish to gain a fundamental knowledge of the most commonly used valuation methods. This is also suitable for other professionals who need to work with commercial valuations on a day to day basis, including those from a non-valuation background who use valuations as part of their decision-making process.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you should be able to:

  • identify the reasons for valuations, who uses them and how, and the different bases on which they may be prepared;
  • explain the rationale behind the five valuation methods (comparison, investment, residual, profits, and cost-based);
  • practice applying methods of valuation.

Time commitment

The total estimated study time for completing this course is 35 hours. It is recommended that delegates spread their studies over six weeks, working up to a maximum of 6 hours’ study per week.
This estimate includes time for you to read or view a resource more than once, as well as time for you to take notes and undertake the online assessment.

Course structure

The course content is divided into six topics. These are as follows:

  • Introduction to the five valuation methods
  • Comparison method
  • Investment method
  • Residual method
  • Profits method
  • Costs method

As a fully online, self-managed course you are able to stop and restart the course as you progress. Working at a time and place that suits your needs.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course but you are recommended to undertake the Introduction to Property as an Investment CPD course before this one if you have a limited knowledge of valuation principles.


You will be tested with a short multiple choice online quiz at the end of each topic in this course. You can retake each quiz as many times as you like. Once you have passed all of the quizzes, you will be able to download your personal CPD certificate. This certificate is for 35 hours of CPD.

Enrolment details

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UCEM alumni?

Alumni discount is available on this CPD course. Don’t forget to input your UCEM alumni code to gain 15% discount on the full sale price of this product. Contact to receive your alumni discount.

Technical Requirements

In order to maximise your learning experience, you will need access to:
• a personal computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device with audio & video playback capability
• access to the Internet (via a broadband connection recommended)
Be able to
• use an up-to-date web browser (for example):
Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge
• open PDF documents using software such as Adobe
Please be aware if using a system within a firewall you may need your IT Team to allow pop-ups and access to YouTube.
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