BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. BREEAM does this through third-party certification of the assessment of an asset’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance, using standards developed by BRE Global Ltd.
The role of Assessors is vital to the BREEAM certification process. Qualified and licensed BREEAM Assessors work with project teams to conduct the assessment of a building/ asset prior to checking by the certification body, BRE Global Ltd. This process puts Assessors at the forefront in driving industry change towards a more sustainable built environment.
The BREEAM UK Non-Domestic Refurbishment & Fit-Out (RFO) scheme provides a flexible approach for assessors in the refurbishment and fit-out market due to its modular structure. Projects are assessed against the issues that they can reasonably influence within their scope of works, whilst maintaining a robust scheme that allows comparability and transparency of performance across the property market. The scheme works directly alongside BREEAM UK New Construction, allowing the first fit-out of shell/ shell and core projects to gain ‘Fully fitted’ certification under the New Construction scheme. It is also compatible with BREEAM In-Use.
The BREEAM UK Non-Domestic RFO new assessor training programme is a two-day virtual training course preceded by structured online learning from our Moodle website followed by a separate online examination day.
BREEAM UK Non-Domestic RFO Assessor training commences with approximately 30 hours of interactive online modules delivered through our dedicated online learning portal (BRE.AC Moodle). You will be led on a journey into BREEAM by way of interactive content and technical presentations, which will gradually build your knowledge and confidence with the scheme. You can complete these modules at your own pace, throughout the modules, there are quiz questions so you can check your understanding as you progress through the course.
Virtual Live-stream event
Following the online learning phase, you will attend 2 days of virtual based learning which will consolidate your understanding and newly acquired knowledge. Through workshops and group learning activities, we will refine your understanding gained through the online training, moving on to the more complex and technical aspects of the scheme. You will be fully supported by a dedicated tutor.
- Day 1
Covers topics such as the Scope, Weightings, BREEAM certification, Professional appointments, Historic buildings, Adapting BREEAM for different building types, Scheme Classification Assignments and a review of Energy and the Health & Well-being categories.
- Day 2
Covers Energy calculators, a review of the Transport, Ecology and Material categories, Flood prevention & resilience and Waste strategies. The day also looks at the scope of BREEAM, Examination information and the BREEAM Quality Assurance process. In addition, there is a question and answer (Q&A) session.
*as a minimum 72 hours after the live-stream event.
The day and time will need to be set by individual trainees directly with ProctorU for a date that is suitable to both parties.
There are two separate examinations that trainees need to successfully pass before they are classified as competent (qualified) from where they can then apply for a licence to enable them to assess projects, BREEAM Assessors will need to pass both examinations to become qualified for the scheme.
- BREEAM General Understanding examination
- BREEAM UK Non-Domestic RFO Technical examination
Both examinations are an ‘open book’ type. You can use any document related to the course to aid you with the examination(s) either in paper format (these can be your own handwritten notes, note cards, etc) or in PDF copies (the latter must be taken directly from the actual course on the BRE.AC Moodle eLearning website).
Sustainability is at the heart of BRE, and we take our impact on the environment very seriously. As part of our concerted effort to reduce our impact, we have taken the positive decision to go ‘paperless’. You will be provided with high-quality handouts, technical manuals and associated training material, but rather than these being paper-based, we will provide your supporting resources electronically in PDF format. Having your training notes in an electronic format is not only good for the environment it also means you can keep your notes on your portable computer/ electronic tablet to use at your convenience to aid you with your training programme. Please note that if you wish, you can bring along your own paper versions to the classroom course and use them as a reference point during the examinations but please consider the environment before printing.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
At the end of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the BREEAM process, specifically for the BREEAM UK Non-Domestic RFO scheme. 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 and carry out assessments. You must make this application within 12 months of the initial examination day.
To practice as a licenced BREEAM Assessor you will be required to pay annual licence fees 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
This training course is aimed at anyone who is interested in:
- Designing or specifying buildings for low environmental impact
- Delivering BREEAM environmental assessments, and
Satisfying professional CPD requirements and gaining a recognised qualification at the same time.