BESS Training for Industry - a fresh new look

CASBE is excited to announce a fresh look for BESS Training. Our BESS training offering is being expanded and improved. We are moving towards smaller discrete training packages around dedicated topics - all fully available online.

BESS Fundamentals - FREE to all BESS users

BESS Fundamentals is a series of short, easy viewing videos providing detailed information on how to navigate and access the BESS tool. Learn how to set up an account, manage your projects and understand scoring in our updated and refreshed training modules.

BESS Fundamentals – available here

BESS Class 1 Training 

Our refreshed Class 1 Training stays as an online module, accessible on demand - where you want, when you want. The course retains the case study approach to working through each environmental category in detail. The Class 1 case study used for the assessment has been updated to the latest version of BESS.

The fee for this online course remains at $120 + GST. Trainees have access to the course and any updates that occur for a period of 12 months following purchase.  

If you have previously undertaken BESS Class 1 training, you now have access to the refreshed training package until July 19, 2023. 

If you are a previous ONLINE Class 1 trainee your access has been automatically renewed and extended. 

If you are a previous FACE to FACE Class 1 trainee, you can complete the refreshed and updated Class 1 training course at no cost. Please email us at to get access.

New BESS Class 1 trainees – register here

BESS Complete Package - COMING SOON

BESS Complete Package - will include Class 1 training, plus apartments and non-residential training modules. We'll let you know as soon as it's landed. 

Note that Class 1 trainees will always be able to upgrade to the complete package for the difference in cost, so there's no financial penalty for enrolling in Class 1 training first and then upgrading later. 

BESS Trained Professionals

The BESS Trained Professionals page enables planning applicants who need a BESS assessment completed on their behalf to find professionals who have completed training.

In the past, this listing was available to BESS Class 2-9 (apartments and non-residential) trainees. 

It is now expanded to include Class 1 trainees who have completed the ONLINE training course. 

Please note, you must be offering professional services to be listed as a BESS Trained Professional.

If you are a previous ONLINE Class 1 trainee and wish to be listed as a BESS Trained Professional, you can submit your consent form via the online BESS Class 1 training

If you are a previous FACE to FACE Class 1 trainee, you can complete the refreshed and updated Class 1 training course at no cost. Please email us at to get access. 

BESS Training for Council Staff

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


You are not required to complete a training course to use the BESS tool. BESS is used in the Victorian context of the planning application process and 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.

BESS training 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 is also an advantage.