Training for Industry

You are not required to complete a training course to use this tool. However, if you regularly prepare complex assessments it is recommended that you undertake a BESS training course. There are two options:

  • BESS Domestic (Half day. 3 hrs plus 1 hr exam. Cost = $330 inc GST). This training session covers single residential and townhouse developments up to 10 dwellings. It includes a case study featuring a three-townhouse development application.

  • BESS Advanced (Full day. 5.5-6 hrs plus 1 hr exam. Cost = $660 inc GST): This training session covers some of the introductory information in the BESS Domestic package plus non-residential, mixed use and larger residential developments. It includes case studies of a non-residential development and a mixed use multi-residential development.

Upcoming dates 

BESS Domestic:     Tuesday 18th June 2019       Register

BESS Advanced:    Tuesday 14th May 2019        Register

Book a Place in BESS 

Further BESS training sessions will be run based on demand. Dates will be set following registrations of interest from a sufficient number of trainees. Email to register your interest. The CASBE Executive Officer, the BESS Manager or the CASBE Planning Officer will respond on the next Monday or Wednesday, whichever is sooner, with a likely timeframe to further BESS training sessions.

BESS Trained Professionals

ESD professionals who have successfully completed the BESS Advanced training can be listed on the 'BESS-trained professionals' page to allow 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 for Council ESD officers and Statutory Planning teams, and can be held at your Council or at a central location with other local governments. Contact the CASBE Executive Officer at for more information about the training options for your Council staff.