Training for Industry

The Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) offer training in the BESS tool. Training is held at the MAV offices at 60 Collins St Melbourne.

You are not required to complete a training course to be able to use the BESS tool. BESS can be used for free for a project in any subscribing council area. However, if you regularly prepare complex assessments it is recommended that you undertake a BESS training course.

There are two training courses available:

  • BESS Class 1 (dwellings) (formally Domestic)

Half day (4.75 hrs including a self-assessmnet exam. Cost = $330 inc GST). This training session covers single residential and townhouse developments. It includes a case study featuring a four-townhouse development application.

  • BESS Class 2-9 (apartments and non-residential) (formally Advanced)

(Full day. 5.5-6 hrs plus 1 hr exam. Cost = $660 inc GST). This training session covers larger residential developments and apartments, mixed-use multi-residential development and non-residential development. It includes case studies of a mixed use multi-residential development and a non-residential development. It is expected that trainees of this course, upon completion will also be able to prepare BESS assessments for Class 1 buildings.

Attendees are required to prepare for the training sessions by doing two 15 minute online webinars prior to the face to face training session. Details will be issued to attendees upon registration.

Please note that this is not intended to provide instruction on sustainable design. It is assumed that attendees have a working knowledge of sustainable design prior to attending the training. An understanding of NatHERS rating schemes would also be advantageous.

Upcoming dates 

BESS Class 2-9: Monday 14th Oct 2019      register

BESS Class 1 (dwellings): Tuesday 15th October 2019   register

BESS Class 2-9: Thursday 21st Nov 2019     register

BESS Class 1 (dwellings): Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019          register

Registrations shall be open shortly.

Book a Place in BESS 

BESS training sessions are usually offered on a monthly basis. If there are no upcoming sessions listed please email to register your interest.

BESS Trained Professionals

ESD professionals who have successfully completed the BESS Class 2-9 (apartments and non-residential) training can be listed on the 'BESS-trained professionals' page.  This enables planning applicants who need a BESS assessment completed on their behalf to identify professionals who have undertaken training. The page includes ESD professionals currently offering BESS assessments as a service only. Following successful completion of training, you will be contacted with details on how this occurs.


Contact CASBE with any queries related to BESS training at The CASBE Executive Officer, the BESS Manager or the CASBE Planning Officer will respond on the next Monday or Wednesday, whichever is sooner.

Training for subscriber Council staff

BESS training is available online for Council ESD officers and Statutory Planning teams. Contact the CASBE Executive Officer at for more information about the training options for your Council staff.