N.B. This course is limited to US-based individuals only
BREEAM USA In-Use is a comprehensive and holistic environmental assessment method for assessing and rating the sustainability of existing, commercial assets located within the United States. It provides a framework to help owners, managers and occupiers of existing assets successfully adopt sustainable solutions in a cost-effective manner and provides market recognition for their achievements. The certification process requires a licensed BREEAM USA In-Use Assessor to assess and verify the performance of the asset.
To become eligible to be a licensed BREEAM USA In-Use Assessor, learners must complete this training course and successfully pass an exam. This course includes online modules and one 4-hour virtual classroom session delivered by BRE. Learners are required to complete the online modules before their scheduled classroom session. The exam is proctored online through a third party and scheduled by the learner. The training course is specifically designed for built environment professionals that have a background in the management and operation of commercial buildings. The training focuses on the BREEAM assessment process and methodology to apply the Candidate’s knowledge and experience in the management and operation of commercial buildings. Course fees include the training and exam administration.
At this time, only training provided by BRE Global is considered acceptable for eligibility for BREEAM USA In-Use licensing. Once a Candidate has completed the training and successfully passed the exam, they will be eligible to apply for a BREEAM USA In-Use license within one year of successfully passing the exam. Candidates who do not apply for a license within that time period will need to retake the class to regain their eligibility for licensing.
Prerequisites for Attendance
To conduct assessments effectively, Assessors must have sufficient knowledge and experience in relevant professions to uphold the BREEAM USA In-Use standard. For this training, Candidates are required to have at least two years full-time experience (within the last five years) in one or more of the following professions or equivalent:
- Building surveying
- Building Engineering or regulatory (control) services
- Building or Facilities Management
- Product or manufacturing auditing
- Certification experience in the built environment
- Environmental/energy services
These backgrounds should provide the knowledge needed to understand the technical criteria set out in the Technical Manual. It should be noted that these professions are not exhaustive but are meant to provide individuals seeking to become Assessors an opportunity to consider what knowledge and experience is needed to ensure the BREEAM USA In-Use standards for assessment are met. By booking the class, Candidates will be confirming they meet these requirements but additional vetting may take place to ensure each Candidate meets these requirements.
If a Candidate’s professional experience does not appear to meet these criteria, the individual must submit a PDF of their current resume and an explanation of why they believe their experience to be sufficient to BREEAMUSA@bregroup.com for evaluation prior to booking the training. Full refunds for the course will not be available for Candidates who have insufficient experience and knowledge to understand and assess the technical criteria of BREEAM In-Use.
The course is a series of modules completely online followed by one 4-hour session delivered virtually. The online modules must be completed prior to the virtual session. The course includes:
- Review of the USA In-Use Technical Standards for Commercial, Residential and Residential Plus
- Roles and responsibilities for Assessors in the program
- The certification process
- Evidence gathering and verification
- Conducting site visits
- Quality Assurance
Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the BREEAM USA In-Use standards prior to the course to ensure they maximize their learning during the course.
The USA In-Use license permits the Assessor to conduct assessments of asset performance using the BREEAM USA In-Use program. Only licensed Assessors can submit to BRE for certification.
An annual license fee of $500 per Assessor includes:
- A company and individual listing on our global database of BREEAM professionals
- Monthly operational and technical updates to help maintain your knowledge about the BREEAM USA In-Use program
- Ability to submit technical questions to BRE
- Access to additional information and tools to maintain your competence.
Assessors are required to provide evidence of sufficient levels of Professional Liability Insurance as part of the licensing process. For more information, please contact BREEAMUSA@bregroup.com.
Not ready to become an Assessor?
Check out the newly launched BREEAM Advisory Professional credential, AP Operations. This training focuses on how the learner can maximize the value their clients gain from using BREEAM In-Use and successfully supporting their assets through the BREEAM assessment process.
There are spaces available for individuals wishing to attend for information only (Attendees). Attendees may not take the exam and should they wish to become licensed in the future, would need to retake the full course formally followed by the exam. Please contact us at BREEAMUSA@bregroup.com to register your interest.
Feel free to contact us at BREEAMUSA@bregroup.com with any questions.