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Expert Witness Certificate

Founded on the official RICS Professional Guidance, this blended learning programme will ensure you develop the core competencies needed to be an effective expert witness.

Mon 23 Jan 2023 - Tue 4 Apr 2023
09:30 - 17:00 GMT
26 hours CPD

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£1738 + VAT


Practically orientated, programme is designed to give you a sound knowledge of the law and best practice.

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for professionals working within the built environment who want to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical competencies required to act as an Expert Witness.

A recognised benchmark of quality
RICS Accredited Expert Witness status is recognised in the market as an important benchmark of quality, which assists accredited expert witnesses in attracting private appointments by solicitors, clients and professional representative firms.

Key Competencies

  • Managing the appointment
  • Managing the post appointment process
  • Constructing a comprehensive expert report
  • Discussions between experts    
  • Delivering effective expert evidence in court

Important dates

Pre Read - 16/01/2023

Intro Webinar - w/c 23/01/2023

Comp A Part 1 Webinar - 26/01/2023 9.30 - 12.30

Comp A Part 2 Webinar - 31/01/2023 9.30 - 12.30

Comp B Webinar - 09/02/2023 9.30 - 12.30

Comp C Part 1 Webinar - 02/03/2023 9.30 - 12.30

Comp C Part 2 Webinar - 07/03/2023 9.30 - 12.30

Comp D Webinar - 21/03/2023 9.30 - 12.30

Comp E Workshop - 21/04/2023 9.00 - 16.30

What will I receive on completion of the programme?

RICS Accredited Expert Witness status is recognised in the market as an important benchmark of quality, which assists accredited expert witnesses in attracting private appointments by solicitors, clients and professional representative firms. On successful completion of the RICS Expert Witness Certificate and the Additional Competencies Assessment interviews, candidates with suitable experience can apply for Accreditation.

Format and structure

The course works systematically through the published RICS Professional Guidance and covers the RICS Practice Statement and related learning through webinars led by experienced surveyors, lawyers and expert witnesses. This course also includes three intense practical workshops where you will work with leading surveyors and a barrister to finesse your skills.

Develop your skills with the help of a mentor

This developmental programme will allow those enrolled to absorb and reflect on content through the added benefit of having a mentor who will develop candidates through the sessions.

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Meet the trainers

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Managing Director

Thomas Sands Consulting Ltd

Mark specialises in construction related disputes – he is a practising Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Expert Witness Quantity Surveyor. He's undertaken expert witness appointments for over 30 years, and Expert Witness training for over 25 years.  Mark is a past member of the Council of the Academy of Experts and of the Council of the CIArb and used to be Director of the CIArb’s Expert Witness courses. Mark's style of teaching is full-on, and certainly challenging as he packs every lecture with as much practical input as he can.  He provides his delegates with hand-on hints and tips that they can use the next day, not just in 5 years’ time. 

What our delegates say...

This course exceeded my expectations. The most interesting aspect of the course was the one to one time provided by the legal experts who each hosted a seminar on an area of their expertise. They provided their guidance and experience as well as detailing practical examples of case law and scenarios that affect and govern those acting as an expert witness. Obtaining the EWAS certification has had an immediate impact upon my career and job role. The company I am employed by has now created a new service line for Boundary Disputes, which I manage

Richard Crow
Senior Associate Director, Trident BC

The course tutors had a real enthusiasm for the subject matter, were extremely knowledgeable and delivered the course in a fun and practical way. The supporting material and reading matter provided by RICS was comprehensive, well organised and accessible. It has provided added confidence when advising clients on Expert Witness matters and third-party referrals, drafting of Expert Witness reports and dealing with opposing parties’ Experts.

Ian Wickerson
-Partner – Residential Development, Bidwells

I had an incident of being asked if I’ve stood in court which many surveyors don’t. Solicitors are keen to have people who have done qualifications. Solicitors don’t want someone who can get you into a winning position in court, unless you know what you’re talking about. It makes me feel less of a liability to my clients.

Steven Slawther
Regional Manager, KFH Chartered Surveyors


  • We recommend all delegates have a basic understanding of English and English reading. There are large parts of the course which involve pre-reading and background reading. You will also be expected to take part in discussions during workshops and write an expert report which you will then be cross-examined on in a role-play type scenario.

  • Once you've obtained experience as an Expert Witness, you can apply for accreditation.  For this you'll need to attend a panel interview.

  • These course is now being run entirely online.

  • Yes, as long as you're able to travel to the course location. All elements of the course must be attended, including the face-to-face workshops. If you're unable to attend any of the sessions, you'll be offered the opportunity to defer to the next course. We also run this course in Dubai, Doha and South Africa. 

  • If you'd like to discuss exemptions, please contact us directly at and we'll be able to advise you. 

  • Each competency is assessed by a multiple choice test comprising of either 10 or 20 questions. You must get 80% on each test to pass the certificate.

  • Yes. The course cannot be take out of order as each competency builds upon the knowledge from the previous.

  • If you can't make the dates you booked originally, you'll be deferred to a later course.

  • Yes. We have an online forum on our Online Learning Academy (OLA) where you can communicate with fellow delegates and our training team.

  • Pre-reading materials are provided but there is an additional cost for extra additional competencies or accreditation. If you wish to be accredited you'll need to undertake the additional competencies (£325 + VAT) and then an accreditation interview.

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