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Bats for building professionals

We have doubled the grant rates for short course tiers 1 – 3. To address rising costs, you can now receive higher rates on course achievements from 1st April 2023

Grant Tier

Achievement date before 1 April 2023

Achievement date on or after 1 April 2023

Grant Tier 1

Grant Tier 1 Refresher





Grant Tier 2

Grant Tier 2 Refresher





Grant Tier 3

Grant Tier 3 Refresher






The training course is for anyone who is responsible for buildings and their renovation / development / maintenance / demolition / design / management, including builders, surveyors, architects and pest controllers.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours 

Purpose / scope

The training course is for anyone who is responsible for buildings and their renovation / development / maintenance / demolition / design / management, including builders, surveyors, architects and pest controllers. 

The scope includes:  

  • Bat biology and ecology 
  • Bats in buildings: where, when, which bats, evidence of bats 
  • Taking account of bats, including legislation 
  • Fieldwork 
  • Best practice and case studies. 

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s): 

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 
  • management and leadership. 

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. 

Instruction/ supervision

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have: 

  • Survey Class Licence Level 2 (England) or equivalent for the devolved nations 
  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate  
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience 
  • a verifiable CV. 


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.  

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • Classroom 
  • Fieldwork. 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at a basic level. 

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.  

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.  

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team. 


Refresher training is recommended after 5 years if not before 

Approval date

March 2020

Review cycle

5 year(s) from approval date 

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Identify, by visual inspection, any features in buildings that could be a potential bat roost site 


Identify the signs to look for that would indicate bat use and roosting in a building 


Name UK species of bats which prefer to roost in buildings and where they are commonly found 


Summarise the life cycle of bats in the UK 


Describe the best time of year for carrying out works in relation to the bat calendar 


Describe what to do when bat potential is identified.  


Outline when to contact appropriate specialists for assistance at a suitable stage during the building inspection and/or work process 


Identify the consequences of acting without due consideration when carrying out works on buildings which result in bat and roost destruction or disturbance. 


Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) 

Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended) 

Additional information about this standard 

BCT (Bat Conservation Trust): https://www.bats.org.uk/

Natural England https://www.gov.uk/guidance/bats-surveys-and-mitigation-for-development-projects

Wildlife Assessment Check https://www.biodiversityinplanning.org/wildlife-assessment-check/