Published on March 12, 2014
A Simple Guide to LEED Continuing Education
Too maintain LEED accreditation, you need to stay up-to-date on green building best practices through the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP). Photo: Flickr via Victor1558
LEED CMP Rules LEED Green Associate (GA) • 15 CE hours every 2 years • 3 hours must be LEED-specific LEED AP • 30 CE hours every 2 years • 6 hours must be LEED-specific
Credential Maintenance Program • There are five categories: 1. Sustainable Sites 2. Water Efficiency 3. Energy & Atmosphere 4. Materials & Resources 5. Indoor Environmental Quality
Credential Maintenance Program • LEED-Specific Continuing Education must by approved by GBCI or USGBC, and relate to current rating systems’ “processes, procedures, or concepts,” including specific credits or pre-requisites, credit intent, strategies and updates to LEED.
How do you earn CE credits?
GBCI specifies 4 opportunities.
1. Education 2. Volunteerism 3. Authorship 4. Project Experience
Education • Attending or leading courses from registered providers, self-reported courses and presentations, Greenbuild, & college and university courses. • Courses must be reviewed by GBCI & from a registered provider.
Education • Attending or leading courses from registered providers, self-reported courses and presentations, Greenbuild, & college and university courses. • Courses must be reviewed by GBCI & from a registered provider. 1 CE hour per education hour; Instructors receive 2 CE hours for course development
Education • There is no limit on hours earned, but credits for program instruction are only counted once no matter how many times you teach the course.
Education Examples • GBCI-Approved Course Catalog • USGBC Principles of LEED Series • All-in-One CMP Packages • Green-Buildings.com Webinars • GreenBiz Events • Building Green Events
Volunteering • Committee & volunteer work for USGBC, local USGBC chapters, GBCI, or other organizations that support the LEED system. Photo: Habitat for Humanity
Volunteering • Committee & volunteer work for USGBC, local USGBC chapters, GBCI, or other organizations that support the LEED system. 1 CE hour per participation hour.
Volunteering • These hours cannot exceed more than 50% of the total required CE hours. • LEED-specific volunteer hours are determined on a case by case basis.
Volunteering Examples • USGBC Volunteer Opps • Local USGBC Chapter Volunteer Opps • GBCI Volunteer Opps • Habitat for Humanity
Authorship • Publishing digital or print articles or books that are related to LEED or green building.
Authorship • Publishing digital or print articles or books that are related to LEED or green building. 3 CE hours per article & 10 CE hours per published book.
Authorship • No limit for this type of CE. • LEED-specific authorship hours are determined on a case by case basis.
Authorship Example • Write original articles for Poplar Network
LEED Project Participation • Paid or unpaid work on a project that is registered for LEED certification.
LEED Project Participation • Paid or unpaid work on a project that is registered for LEED certification. 1 CE hour per LEED credit earned; 2 CE hours per project for being project administrator
LEED Project Participation • No limitation on the number of these CE hours. • LEED Project Experience hours don’t require pre-approval.
LEED Project Participation Examples • GreenStep LEED Professional Project Experience Program
Don’t forget to report your hours in order to get credit!
Otherwise you won’t be able to brag about your LEED skills with other innovative LEED professionals like Claire Moloney, from Ridgefield, CT.
Reporting Your CE Hours • Self-report to GBCI by signing in online and logging your activity details in the “Report CMP Activity” section. • For authorship, complete the appropriate GBCI form and upload the text and link of your submission.
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