BREEAM Communities 2012 is targeted at neighbourhood scale developments. It aims to help the design team, developers and planners to improve, measure and independently certify the sustainability of a large scale development at the design and planning stage. The scheme influences sustainability at the early stages of project development through community engagement, site strategy and implementation in design. This can lead into BREEAM assessments of buildings and homes.

Virtual Live-stream event training

This course is broken down into two Modules run as a live-virtual event plus an additional ½ day for those wishing to become qualified as a BREEAM Communities Assessor by sitting the relevant examinations. Please note that you will need a simple microphone and web camera linked to your computer for the live-stream event training as well as for the online examinations.

Module 1 virtual

The first module (Day 1) is an introduction and overview of BREEAM Communities 2012. It is suitable for planning officers, consultants and developers who want to understand the scheme and how to use it.

Programme for Module 1

  • An introduction to BREEAM Communities
  • The international, national and local context for sustainable communities
  • When to use BREEAM Communities and which projects are suitable
  • Meeting key sustainability objectives with BREEAM Communities
  • Meeting key planning requirements with BREEAM Communities
  • The links between BREEAM Communities 2012 and building level assessments.


Module 2 virtual

The second module (Day 2) covers the technical content of the scheme and detailed information about the process of assessment and certification. Both the first and second Modules are required for delegates who aim to become a BREEAM Communities Assessor. The training session is based on a combination of presentations and interactive exercises. There are no pre-requisites to becoming an Assessor. An interest or active involvement in the delivery of large scale developments and masterplans is helpful. Please note that all those wishing to undertake BREEAM Communities 2012 assessments are required to achieve certification against the Competent Persons Scheme provided by BRE Global Ltd. For certification you are required to undertake and pass the relevant examinations (see below).

Programme for Module 2

  • Timescales, phasing and assessment
  • The technical aspects of BREEAM Communities
  • An introduction to the scoring tool
  • The Assessor’s role
  • The assessment process
  • Using BREEAM Communities 2012 outside of the UK.

Online examination day

An additional ½ day is then required for the examinations and is set by trainee directly with the proctoring company that invigilate the two examinations on behalf of BRE Academy. This will take place as a minimum 72hours after the live-stream event. Individuals will set their own date and time directly with the proctoring company and invigilate the examinations on behalf of BRE Academy. Please note that you must present acceptable photo identification (ID) for admission to the examinations. This may be either your passport, driving licence or EU ID card. Please note that without photo ID you will not be permitted to undertake the examinations.


  • The BREEAM Communities technical paper
  • The BREEAM General Understanding paper.

What can be assessed with the BREEAM Communities 2012 Assessor qualification?

BREEAM Communities 2012 assessments at the design and planning stage within the United Kingdom and internationally.

It will not allow Assessors to carry out assessments either within the UK or elsewhere using a BREEAM version for which they do not have the correct training, qualification or licence.

On successful completion of the course and the examinations you will be issued with notification that verifies your BREEAM Assessor qualification. You will then be required to apply to BRE Global Ltd to become a Licenced BREEAM Assessor under the Scheme in order to practice. You must make this application within 12 months of completing the course.

To practice as a licenced BREEAM Assessor you will be required to pay an annual licence fee and hold adequate levels of professional insurance, particularly professional indemnity insurance. Further information on the route to becoming a licenced BREEAM Assessor can be found at www.breeam.com

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