News & Events

Below you will find all upcoming events scheduled for SAAVA members. If you would like to attend one of these events or have a question about the event please contact the event organiser.

2 Day Tutorial – 15th & 16th August 2018





 SAAVA have arranged a two day Tutorial which will be based at The Marriot Courtyard Hotel, Edinburgh Napier University, 2 Research Avenue South, Currie, Edinburgh EH14 4BA


Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th August 2017 commencing each day at 9.00am.

The Venue will be at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel, Edinburgh Napier University EH14 4BA

The programme of events will comprise;

Day 1

The first day will focus on the morning practical exam with a mock examination being conducted under exam conditions and timings in the morning. This will be an On Farm Tutorial with candidates being grouped according to when they hope to sit the CAAV examinations.   There will be feedback on all questions during the afternoon.  The itinerary for the day will be;

9.30 –   Introduction

10.00 – Practical Examination Tutorial and Mock at Harlaw Farm (with kind permission of Mr Andrew Barr and Rosebery Estates)

13.00 –lunch at the Hotel

14.00 – Feedback session from morning visit

15.15 – Coffee Break

15.30 – Legal update presented by Lyndsay McGregor Turcan Connell & Kate McLeish Brodies

16.30 – End of day

Day 2

We are very fortunate to welcome Simon Alden back again as the main speaker on the second day. Simon is the current Chairman of the Examination & Education Committee of the CAAV and will provide a couple of presentations in the morning. The itinerary for the day will be;


9.30 – Written Exam (Simon Alden)

11.00 – Coffee Break

11.20 – Past Papers (Simon Alden)

12.50 – Lunch

14.00 – Mock Oral

14.45 – Past Success

15.15 – SAAVA president conclusion

15.30 – End of day

The cost of the two day tutorial will be £125.

The cost of attending one day only will be £75.

The price is to include refreshments, and a sandwich lunch.

Those attending will be expected to use the CAAV notebook (as per the exam). Notebooks will be available to purchase on the day for those who do not already have one for £5.

If you wish to attend please complete and return the Application Form SAAVA Tutorial August 2018 to;

SAAVA’s Administrative Secretary by Friday 3rd August 2018.

Christine Nisbet,

C/o Seed & Company,




TD10 6YW.

Tel No: 01361 882920.

Fax: 01361 882 866,



  • You should attend in appropriate clothing with clean wellington boots and bring measuring, writing and other equipment as you would for the exam, plus a copy of the CAAV 2017 Costing Schedule.
  • The two day tutorial will qualify for 12 hours CPD and a CPD Certificate of attendance will be provided to those attending at the end of day two. For those attending on one day only, a certificate for 6 hours will be provided.
  • Accommodation
  • Rooms are available at The Marriot Courtyard Hotel, Edinburgh Napier University, 2 Research Avenue South, Currie, Edinburgh EH14 4BA for further details please contact the hotel directly 0131 526 3210.