Questions about The LEED Professional Credentialing Program:
What is the LEED Professional Credentialing program?
The LEED Credentialing Program distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. More than 100,000 people have earned the LEED AP credential since the Professional Accreditation program was launched in 2001.
In 2008, administration of the Professional Accreditation program transitioned to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The Green Building Certification Institute, established with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council, handles exam development and delivery to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program. As of 2009, GBCI developed a new, multi-faceted credentialing system that ensures that LEED professionals have the latest knowledge and understanding of green building practices and that they are recognized for distinction.
The LEED AP credential will continue to signify an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices; it also will reflect the ability to specialize in a particular LEED Rating System. The LEED AP exam is divided into two parts. The first step is the LEED Green Associate exam, which demonstrates general knowledge of green building practices. The second step is a specialty exam based on one of the LEED Rating Systems. These parts may be taken together or separately.
What are the Credentialing Program Tiers?
The LEED Prefessional Credentialing Program has three tiers:
1. The LEED Green Associate is the first step in a LEED professional’s career pathway, the Green Associate credential attests to basic knowledge and skill in understanding and supporting green design, construction, and operations. There are no specialties within the LEED Green Associate tier.
2. The LEED AP with specialty credential is the next step in the credentialing program. It signifies an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices and specialization in a particular LEED Rating System:
- Building Design & Construction (BD&C)
- Operations & Maintenance (O&M)
- Interior Design & Construction (ID&C)
- Neighborhood Development (ND)
3. The LEED AP Fellow distinguishes an elite class of industry professionals. Fellows contribute to the standards of practice and body of knowledge for achieving continuous improvement in the green building field.
For more information about the tiers and their requirements, please visit www.gbci.org
What LEED workshops does USGBC offer?
USGBC offers a variety of LEED training workshops and online educational webinars including a basic introduction, technical reviews, and advanced application oriented sessions. Workshops are available nationally in conjunction with local chapters, at industry tradeshows, and at Greenbuild. Private workshops can also be scheduled for your company. Please contact USGBC Colorado to schedule a private workshop: 303-292-6181
I want to host a private LEED workshop at my company. How do I do this?
Please contact USGBC Colorado to schedule a private workshop:303-292-6181