BREEAM Training in China

BRE’s training arm the BRE Academy is partnering with green building consultancy NSD, who are based in Shenzhen, China,  to deliver an extensive programme of BREEAM training across China. This initiative reflects a growing interest in BREEAM in China and the move to upskill built environment professionals in the country so they can deliver against Government-set sustainable development targets.

“We are pleased to be BRE’s training partner in China, and as one of the leading BREEAM Assessors in China, our team have considerable first-hand experience in green building practice which we will bring to our training programme. The training programme will enable our architects and professionals to be trained as BREEAM professionals locally in China rather than in the UK. I am sure this will further expand the BREEAM and green building knowledge in China”. – NSD Director Dr Yan Zhu

What is BREEAM?

BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of lifecycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use.

Globally there are more than 545,100 BREEAM certified developments, and almost 2,244,900 buildings registered for assessment since it was first launched in 1990.

Click here for more information about BREEAM in China.

BREEAM International 2016 Assessor Training:

BREEAM International 2016 Assessor training is entering and new and exciting era. Our goal is to deliver high calibre, informative and engaging content that will develop delegates into knowledgeable and capable BREEAM professionals. BREEAM International delegates will be immersed into blended online learning delivered through online workshops, interactive discussions, classroom engagement and finally examinations for certification. They will emerge from the successful completion of this process as fully qualified BREEAM International assessors, and new members of the BREEAM family. To become licensed, assessors are required to hold professional indemnity insurance. For more information please contact us at

This scheme uses calculation tools which run in MS Excel with macros. Macintosh computers are unable to use this function and you will need access to a PC to complete assessments.

Event programme

Online learning 

BREEAM International Assessor training commences with approximately 30 hours of interactive online modules delivered through our dedicated online learning portal. You will be led on a journey into BREEAM by way of interactive content and technical presentations, which will gradually build your knowledge and confidence within the BREEAM International 2016 scheme. You can complete these modules at your own pace, and there is on-line support to help you. Each module concludes with an automated quiz to allow you to track your progress and attainment throughout the course.

  • Module 1 – An introduction to BREEAM
  • Module 2 – The BREEAM International and Bespoke processes, reporting and evidence requirements
  • Module 3 – Technical modules
  • Management, Health & Wellbeing, Energy, Transport
  • Module 4 – Technical modules
  • Water, Materials, Waste, Land Use & Ecology, Pollution

Classroom training 

Following the online learning phase, you will attend 2.5 days of classroom based learning which will consolidate your understanding and newly acquired knowledge.  Through workshops and group learning activities, we will refine your understanding gained through the online training, before moving on to the more complex and technical aspects of the scheme. You will be fully supported by a dedicated tutor for each module. Training is delivered by leading BRE expert technical trainers.

2.5 day classroom based learning

Day 1 – Brief initial test to ensure you have completed the online self-study modules

  • Review of the BREEAM International processes
  • Focus on a couple of the most complex issues within the scheme

Day 2 – Tailoring BREEAM International for different building types

  • Selling BREEAM
  • Relationship between different BREEAM Schemes
  • BREEAM International exam

Day 3 (half day)

  • Question and Answer Session
  • BREEAM General Understanding exam


You will undertake two multiple choice examinations. Both exams are open book, allowing you to refer to any notes or documentation that may assist you.  Assessors will need to pass both examinations to become qualified within the scheme. Please note that you must present acceptable photo identification (ID) for admission to the examination. This may be either your passport, driving licence or EU ID card. Please note that without photo ID you will not be permitted to undertake the examinations.

Please note that once qualified, to offer and carry out BREEAM assessments through to certification you or your organisation must hold the relevant BREEAM licence. To become licensed, all assessors/assessor organisations are required to hold a minimum level of professional indemnity insurance. Furthermore, depending on the scheme chosen, there may be an annual fee payable to BRE Global to hold the required BREEAM licence. For more information please see our FAQ page or contact us at

Course Fees:

The price of the course is CNY 16,000.

This includes:

  • All course materials
  • Both examinations
  • CPD certificate
  • Lunch and refreshment

Please note: All  the Learning Materials and Exam papers are in English

Date City Venue Cost Course Language
12-14 Oct 2016 Hong Kong TBA HK$18,000 English
26-28 Oct 2016 Shanghai TBA CNN16,000 English/Chinese
16-18 Nov2016 Shenzhen TBA CNY16,000 English/Chinese

 Intended audience

Those interested in:

  • Designing or specifying buildings for low environmental impact
  • Delivering BREEAM environmental assessments, and
  • Satisfying professional CPD requirements and gaining a recognised qualification at the same time.

It is necessary that you have a good level of both written and spoken Chinese.  The course and all the material will be in Chinese.