BREEAM Associate


This award winning online course is aimed at proactive sustainability teams, who want to work better with BREEAM (the World’s leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings) in their normal project role. It’s the perfect introduction to enable individuals to pitch BREEAM in bids and to deliver it effectively in practice.

BREEAM inspires developers and creators to excel, innovate and make effective use of resources, which makes BREEAM certified developments attractive, generating sustainable environments that enhance well-being for the people who live and work in them. This BRE Academy course has been designed to help understand, in depth, the essence of what BREEAM is about, what it involves, and how to successfully support the BREEAM process day to day.

Having completed this course participants:


  • Will have information on delivering BREEAM efficiently
  • Will understand the BREEAM process and terminology
  • Should be able to navigate the manuals
  • Should be able to avoid common mistakes and manage risk from pre-tender through to completion.

The course content will enable teams to be proactive in planning, delivery and managing risk and to note opportunities for high performance at low cost and impact to the overall program plan.

It closes with a 30 minute online examination which consists of 40 multiple choice and true-false style questions, designed to test comprehension of course materials (rather than memorizing facts and figures).

On successful completion, the BREEAM Associate title and badge of recognition are awarded and can be used to verify BREEAM knowledge and promote the credential on personal profiles such as CV’s, tenders, business cards and social media.

This course has been designed with input from more than 400 industry professionals across the supply chain (many of whom are now rolling it out to their full teams and using as compulsory induction training for new team members).
It is ideal for bid teams, design teams, construction teams, architects, engineers, project managers, value engineers, procurement, and those with an interest in environmental assessment and BREEAM.

Winner of the CIBSE Building Performance Training Programme Award 2017.


There are no prerequisites to taking  this course.

The course is self directed, so individuals will need to set aside time to complete the exercises and revise for the examination.

Course delegates have 12 months access to course materials, and two examination attempts are included in the purchase within this timeframe.  Exam re-sits after the two attempts incur a charge of £20 (+ VAT).

Upon completion

Successful candidates become a BREEAM Associate.

To maintain the BREEAM Associate title, Associates must maintain an annual subscription. As part of the subscription, Associate’s CPD points will be verified, and they receive an annual update on BREEAM changes (including CPD hours: the first year’s CPD requirement is met by taking the course).

From the second year onward, subscription fees are £50+VAT. (The first year’s subscription is included in the course purchase.)

BREEAM Associates must undertake a minimum of 15 hours CPD training annually, which can be from any source, and on any topic related to your job role, including internal staff training.


  • The course includes all BREEAM Schemes except ‘Communities’ and ‘In-Use assessments’.
  • BREEAM credits are NOT awarded for Associate involvement on a project.

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