ESG Training Course for Real Estate Professionals

ESG Training Course for Real Estate Professionals

Upskilling the Industry – Training to integrate ESG into property investment management.

Driven by global trends ranging from biodiversity collapse and the climate emergency to widening social injustice and technology enabled lifestyles, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors are now a locked-in feature of the real estate investment market. There is a clear imperative for real estate professionals to address material ESG risks and opportunities across the investment lifecycle, with many investors, regulators and other stakeholders now defining it as a fundamental requirement.

There is, however, a significant skills gap within the industry and so in response to demand from our members, in 2021 the BBP launched a training programme specifically for real estate professionals, focused on integrating ESG into the property investment management process. The programme was originally developed for real estate professionals working for fund management and investment advisory institutions, Real Estate Investment Trusts and private property companies.

Expansion to Real Estate Advisors

From June 2022, a new Advisors pathway has been added to the course to meet the specific needs of advisory professionals in capital markets, investment advisory, valuation, leasing and transactions-based roles.

The training involves two half-days of interactive teaching supported by preparatory and post-course learning delivered via a dedicated online platform. Learning materials and formats include classroom-style learning, interview-based video and podcast content, together with written resources and case studies. There are bespoke materials specific to role types, ensuring maximum relevance to the individual and their organisations.

The training course is delivered by Hillbreak, a specialist ESG training and advisory firm. Both parties bring together unique expertise to ensure content meets the needs of the industry.

For further information about the course, please view the course outline below or click the registration link above.

Course Outline

Module 1 - Context and Strategic Considerations


  • ESG drivers and market trends: understanding how investment and operating contexts are changing in response to environmental and societal imperatives.
  • New risks and opportunities: defining key ESG topics, such as Net Zero and social impact, and their application to different property types and asset strategies.
  • Financial and non-financial returns: unpacking the relationship between ESG, property value and investment performance.
  • Measurement and transparency: certification, benchmarking and reporting frameworks applicable at the asset, portfolio and corporate level.

Module 2 - Practical Implementation


  • Prioritising ESG interventions throughout the property investment lifecycle, including integration into asset business plans and the growing role of sustainable finance.
  • Ways of engaging with other stakeholders, such as occupiers and operating partners, to secure the delivery of ESG interventions and outcomes.
  • Establishing roles and responsibilities, ensuring accountability and incentivising action across the value chain.
  • Market leadership: examples of best practice and innovation from around the sector.

For advisors:

  • The evolving roles and responsibilities of advisors and agents in the value chain.
  • Marketing, pitching, management insights

Founders and Supporters

This training programme has been made possible by funding and input from the following members who also help to oversee the ongoing development of the course.


The Advisors pathway of the course has been made possible by funding and input from the following members of the Property Advisors Forum.