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Approved Assessor Training

We are running a series of 2-day courses, with associated examinations, that qualify you to become an Approved Assessor, at both pre- and post-construction stages.

What is the role of the Assessor?

Design teams, developers and planners wishing to pursue assessment and accreditation, will need to work with an approved Building with Nature Assessor. 

The Assessor will work with those seeking accreditation at the early stages of project development and design to implement the Building with Nature framework. At this stage, an applicant is eligible for Design accreditation. The Assessor will also help demonstrate compliance with the Building with Nature Standards as the scheme progresses to secure full accreditation at the 'Good' or 'Excellent' level, complete a post-construction check, and if successful, support the scheme in their application for a National Award.

Why get qualified?

As one of the first qualified Building with Nature Assessors in the UK, you will:

1)    Develop new skills: Gain an understanding of the characteristics of high-quality green infrastructure are and how to apply them in your sector

2)    Add commercial value: Introduce an attractive additional service to your existing consultancy

3)    Increase competitive advantage: Only Approved Assessors can support Building with Nature Accreditation – you would be one of the first!

What do I get as an Assessor?

1)    Support from Building with Nature - dedicated technical support from Building with Nature Auditor team for each assessment you carry out

2)    Membership of Approved Assessor network - day to day support from those carrying out a similar role, plus an annual face-to-face forum

3)    No additional fees - Unlike other assessor or accreditation schemes, this is a one-off fee, without requirement for payment for further training, refresher courses or subscriptions

Who should get qualified?

Assessor training is suitable for landscape architects, ecologists, engineers, public health practitioners, and other built environment professionals with full or chartered membership of one or more of the following bodies: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, Landscape Institute, Royal Town Planning Institute, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Tell me more about the assessor training courses...

Both days of the two day course are required to become an approved Building with Nature Assessor.

The course combines presentations and interactive workshops. Your assessment includes a short group presentation and a multiple-choice exam on the second day of the course. Following the course you will also need to complete a trial assessment. On completion of the course and assessments you will be qualified and can act as an Approved Building with Nature Assessor.

Course dates and locations

Select a date and location that suits you, and follow the link to make your booking:

6-7 November 2019 - Glasgow

8-9 January 2020 - Bristol

4-5 March 2020 - London

6-7 May 2020 - Leeds

9-10 September 2020 - Birmingham

6-7 January 2021 - London

Orientation Session

We also offer a half-day (4 hours) ‘orientation session’ which involves a bespoke presentation to a group or individuals and covers the following:

-          The basics of high-quality green infrastructure, why it is important in masterplanning, placemaking and landscape design

-          An explanation of Building with Nature and how can it be applied to improve the outcomes of your business/the business of your clients

-          A tour of the Building with Nature standards framework, including key content, differences between the levels of accreditation, and how the mechanism for accrediting works

-          Case Study review of a Building with Nature accredited scheme, what makes the difference in a high-quality scheme?

-          FAQs and common pitfalls when it comes to green infrastructure design, implementation, and long-term management and maintenance

The cost of an orientation session is £400 + VAT, and includes travel and expenses up to £50 (train travel or equivalent mileage).