The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)

At Pier Consulting we are able to offer our workers and clients discounted training through BESA.

Previously known as the HVCA, BESA prides itself on being the Trade Association for members active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.

You must know your Pier Worker Number or your Pier Client Number to be eligible for the discount code PIER2021.


For individuals who want to be part of the BESA community we offer BESA Associate membership, where you can exchange views and knowledge, mentor the next generation or benefit from the wealth of experience held within the sector. (include video)

It is open to:

  • Employees at a BESA member company
  • Those who are retired, have been made redundant or unemployed and wish to retain their connection to the building services sector
  • Industry experts, academics and consultants who wish to exchange views, information and best practice
  • Apprentices, trainees, anyone with an interest in continuing their professional development

As part of the BESA Group we also have a number of companies which could be of benefit to you.


The industry-recognised card issuing and personnel registration scheme for people working in the mechanical sector of the building engineering services industry throughout the UK.

If you need to apply or renew a SKILLcard online it involves an easy 3 step process:

  1. Find out which SKILLcard is right for you by clicking here 
  2. Pass your mandatory H&S Test by clicking here
  3. Complete your online SKILLcard application here

 For more information about how to apply click here.

BESA Academy

BESA Academy is the leading learning solution for building engineers. We provide a specialist range of training courses, apprenticeships, assessments and free CPD, enabling you to develop your career within building engineering services.

All of our courses are flexible, can be completed at your own pace and accessed from your PC or laptop whilst at work, home or on the go. We also offer a range of short courses which are delivered face to face at our BESA approved training centres located across the country.

If you are a BESA Associate, employee of a BESA or REFCOM member company, you can also access exclusive discounts on selected courses.

Online H&SE Test

This online course is designed for those within the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration occupations, can be completed in less than 3 hours and meets the health and safety requirements for all Craft and Operative SKILLcards.

Find out more here

Free online CPD

Upskill and maintain your professional development by enrolling onto our free online CPD courses. 

Find out more here