**Please note: face-to-face BESS training is postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page when we are able to commence face to face training sessions again.

Online training is currently available for our BESS Class 1 training course. Please see below for more information. We are currently assessing delivery models for Class 2-9 training going forward. ** 


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. Face-to-face training is held at the MAV offices at 60 Collins St Melbourne.

You are not required to complete a training course to use the BESS tool. Please note that 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.

There are three training courses available:

We now offer BESS Class 1 (dwellings) training ONLINE, enabling you to work through the training in your own time. (approximately 4.75 hours, including a self-assessment exam. The online training covers the same content as the Class 1 face-to-face training, including 4 short Quizzes. Cost = $132 inc GST).    

PLEASE NOTE: At this stage we are manually adding trainees to our online training platform after they have registered and paid. Please allow up to 2 business days following payment to be sent the link to access the online training. We are working to provide automatic access in the future.

  • BESS Class 1 (dwellings) 

Half day (4.75 hrs including a self-assessment 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) 

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 developments.

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 are issued to attendees upon registration.

BESS Class 2-9 Training is only available as a face to face training. We are currently assessing delivery models for Class 2-9 training going forward. 

Please note that 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.

Book a Place in BESS Training

BESS training sessions are usually offered on a monthly basis.  If there are no upcoming sessions listed below, please email casbe@mav.asn.au 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 casbe@mav.asn.au. 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 Council staff

BESS training is available online for Council ESD officers and Statutory Planning teams. Contact CASBE at casbe@mav.asn.au for more information about the training options for your Council staff.