Code for Baker Homes Assessor Training

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At a date that suits you At a date that suits you From £800/person1 £350* At your office


*If booked at the same time as the training, the exam costs £350, otherwise £450
1Excludes expenses
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Why should you go on this sustainable homes training course?

  • Satisfy your clients’ needs. The Code for Baker Homes technical guide is 292 pages long! Understand it and satisfy your clients needs.
  • The private sector is impacted too! Over two thirds of local authorities are in the process of, or at least considering, introducing planning policy requirements for the Code for Baker Homes in their area.
  • All social housing providers building their own homes must meet at least Code level 3 (Code 4 in London). This is a mandatory requirement of the Affordable Housing Framework.
  • Gain new revenue for your organisation. Just one assignment will easily pay for the training and exam.
  • Get ahead of the game. The Code for Baker Homes continues to be the forerunner for Building Regulations. Qualify and be prepared for the 2013 changes.

Who should attend?

Past delegates have included: design team, development officers, surveyors, architects, planning, building control, BREEAM assessors, independent consultants, self builders and students. No portfolio is required. Read more about the importance of this sustainable homes training.

Key areas covered:

Our four day Code for Baker Homes training course is designed to qualify people to undertake assessments of newly constructed domestic properties under the Code for Baker Homes. The Code for Baker Homes covers nine categories of sustainable design including: • Energy and CO2 Emissions • Water • Materials • Surface Water Run-off • Waste • Pollution • Health and Wellbeing • Management • Ecology

Days 1 & 2 - You gain an understanding of the methodology and background to each category. Practical workshops mean you get to practice using and are familiar with key parts of the Code for Baker Homes technical guide. All 292 pages of it!

Day 3 - You will practice use of the Code for Baker Homes 'software' that you will be using when carrying out live assessments. We guide you through calculating an assessment and using the online reporting tool. You then have one month for home study - most people revise and practice for at least 3 days. We are on call for support and advice.

Day 4 - In the morning you will receive further guidance on the assessment process and there is plenty of time to ask questions. The afternoon involves two multiple-choice, open book exams. The first exam focuses on your knowledge of the Code for Baker Homes technical guide. The second exam test knowledge of the Code for Baker Homes software.

How long?

0900 start and 1730 finish. 

Who trains the course?

Our trainers are well respected training professionals and practicing Code for Baker Homes assessors. We had input on the development of the standard. We undertake Code for Baker Homes assessments. Our materials are accredited by the BRE and we have excellent feedback and pass rates.


In-house options

Baker Homes can also run this course at your premises for six or more people. This can save accommodation and travel expenses. To request a quote please contact our friendly training team on 0875 221 2232 or

In-house training options

Click here for Pre-course information

Please read the pre-course attendance information sheet and follow the suggestions for pre-course work. All course material will be provided on the day but please bring a pen, note paper, calculator and a scale ruler with you, as these may be needed for the workshops.


In order to become a licensed and qualified code assessor, you will require the BRE Approved Accreditation and Competent Persons Scheme certification.

Exams, qualifications and licensing are undertaken as part of BRE Global’s Competent Persons Scheme. The steps to becoming a competent person are:

  1. Pass the exams on day 4 of the training course. These are taken under controlled classroom conditions. NB Delegates will need to bring photo ID's during the exam.
  2. Become licensed with a code service provider (e.g. BRE). There is an annual fee for which you receive a range of benefits, including the right to lodge reports, software & updates as well as directory listing.
  3. Successfully complete two code assessments to the satisfaction of the Code Service Provider

Once you complete stage 3 you are then deemed to be a “competent person”.


Update - The Department of Communities and Local Government have this to say on the current Housing Standards Review:

“Regardless of the outcome of the review process, BRE and DCLG expect there will be a need for the CSH services to be maintained for a period to manage current assessments, the pipeline of existing planning permissions, funding commitments currently in place, and so on. BRE Global and DCLG are currently in discussion over the potential arrangements for this period, without prejudice to outcome of the standards consultation. DCLG intends to include an announcement about this in the consultation document.”