Bats for building professionals


Overview
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.

Title 

Bats for Building Professionals 

Duration 

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 

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. 

Assessment 

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes. 

Quality assurance 

Assured 

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. 

Renewal 

Refresher training is recommended after 5 years if not before 

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

5 year(s) from approval date 

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 

https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/national-bat-helpline 

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

https://cdn.bats.org.uk/pdf/Our%20Work/Crime-report-2018-FINAL_191018_161101.pdf?mtime=20191018171045 

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/