Training FAQs

Frequently asked questions for BREEAM / Code for Sustainable Homes training

Why do I need to complete the 'test assessments' for the BREEAM schemes?

How long does it take to receive the exam results and the test assessment results?

How long does it take to get a licence in the scheme once the test assessments have been passed?

Can I reserve a place on a training course?

Will I need a laptop for this course?

Does the course fee include the exam?

If I cancel my booking will I still be charged?

Am I able to get a VAT receipt?

Is there parking available onsite?

How do I know if spaces are still available on the training course?

How long will it take to become fully qualified?

If the course is not held in the UK, will I be charged VAT?

Is the online booking system secure?

Is BREEAM recognised as a formal qualification, i.e. NVQ? 

I am a qualified Code assessor; can I attend a BREEAM top up day? 

What is involved with the competent person examination?

I am a qualified EPC / DEC energy assessor. Do I need to attend the whole Code course?

What happens if I need to leave the course early?

If I leave my current employer am I still qualified? 

Is there an examination appeals procedure?

Why do I need to complete the 'test assessments' for the BREEAM schemes?

Because it will show that you are competent within that scheme.

How long does it take to receive the exam results and the test assessment results?

The exam results are issued 15 working days from completing the exam.

How long does it take to get a licence in the scheme once the test assessments have been passed?

Once the application has been received it may take up to three weeks to process the licence agreement.

Can I reserve a place on a training course?

Yes, however we require full payment in order to reserve a place on the course.

Will I need a laptop for this course?

You are not required to bring a laptop with you. All course material is provided on the day, and is included within your course fee

Does the course fee include the exam?

Yes. The course fee includes all course material and the examination.

If I cancel my booking will I still be charged?

Please refer to our terms and conditions section.

Am I able to get a VAT receipt?

VAT receipts are provided by our finance department. If booking online you will receive an automatic VAT receipt from our Netbanx booking facility. If submitting a booking form, you will need to select the VAT receipt option.

Is there parking available onsite?

Yes, but parking spaces available onsite are limited. On arrival our security team will direct you.

How do I know if spaces are still available on the training course?

Once a course becomes fully booked, it is marked FULLY BOOKED on the BREEAM website and the online booking facility for the course is deactivated.

How long will it take to become fully qualified?

BREEAM:

To be a qualified BREEAM assessor you have to have successfully completed the relevant training course and a competent person examination. In addition, you have to submit and pass a test assessment. You are allowed up to 12 months to do this without having to attend further training. Typically, the time taken to complete and pass the assessment is around 3 months, but it can be less than this.

Code for Sustainable Homes:

To be a qualified Code for Sustainable Homes assessor you have to have successfully completed the relevant training course and the competent person examinations.

If the course is not held in the UK, will I be charged VAT?

If your course is held outside of the UK, you will not be charged VAT. If you travel to the UK to attend a training course, you will be charged VAT.

Is the online booking system secure?

Our online booking system is a safe and secure payment system. Your personal details can not be saved or stored using the online booking facility.

Is BREEAM recognised as a formal qualification, i.e. NVQ?

BREEAM is a scheme solely owned and run by BRE Global Ltd. It is a globally recognised accreditation, and BREEAM training is formally recognised by the RIBA CPD Providers Network.

I am a qualified Code assessor; can I attend a BREEAM top up day?            

Domestic buildings (i.e. the building types assessed under the Code for Sustainable homes) and Non-Domestic buildings (i.e. the building types assessed under the BREEAM schemes) have many different characteristics.  Therefore, as a qualified Code for Sustainable Homes assessor, you will still need to complete the full training BREEAM Assessor training to become a qualified ‘Non Domestic’ building assessor.

What is involved with the competent person examination?

The competent persons examination is a multiple choice exam.

I am a qualified EPC / DEC energy assessor. Do I need to attend the whole Code course?

Yes, you will need to attend a complete Code  training course as the DEC course is an entirely separate scheme, using different assessment methodologies.  Discounts are available to BRE trained and qualified EPC and DEC energy assessors on Code assessor training courses - please see the website for details of these and other discounts currently available.

What happens if I need to leave the course early?

Delegates should not make travel arrangements which require departure from the course before 18.00 Hrs. The timings and presentations above may change on the day. 

If I leave my current employer am I still qualified?

You will remain as a qualified assessor; however you or your new employer will need to obtain a valid license to be able to continue submitting assessments to BRE Global.

Is there an examination appeals procedure?

Yes, please click here to view the procedure

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