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Changes to the LEED Credentialing Maintenance Program

Posted in Blog on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 1:29 pm 1 Comments
Changes to the LEED Credentialing Maintenance Program

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recently announced several changes to the LEED credentialing process. Here are some highlights of the most important changes that GBCI put into effect:


1. Eligibility Requirements Removed for the LEED Green Associate Exam

In the past, a person who wanted to study for the Green Associate exam had to become eligible by having experience in working on a LEED project, or working in a field associated with sustainability, or by attending a green building class. Under the new revisions, anyone can apply for the exam by simply filling out a brief application at www.gbci.org. No prior experience or training is required.

According to the recently-updated LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook by GBCI:

“There are no eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate exam. However, GBCI recommends that candidates have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through educational courses, volunteering, or work experience prior to testing.”

Applications are streamlined and simplified and can be completed in one step. Candidates can schedule an exam appointment within one business day of submitting their application. Before, this was a complex, multiple-step process that could take up to a week to complete.


2. “Legacy” LEED AP’s Able To Upgrade To a Specialty Credential (Deadline Oct 2013)

In 2009, USGBC launched the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with Specialty credentials. During this period, existing LEED AP’s could opt-in to a specialty (BD+C, OM, EB) by either re-testing or following a prescriptive credential maintenance path.  These paths  included continuing education credit requirements in specific category topics. Existing LEED AP’s were required to opt-in by the fall of 2011.

USGBC launched a new online program called “Principles of LEED”, which gives existing LEED AP’s a new opportunity to add a specialty to their credential.

From the USGBC website:

Option 1. For LEED APs without specialty:

1. Register for the Principles of LEED webinar series online

2. Take the six modules at your own pace, and complete the quizzes at the end of each module by the end of your current reporting period.

3. When you have completed the series, you will receive your specialty credential. At that time you will begin your first regular CMP reporting period.

Option 2. For LEED APs with specialty currently in the prescriptive path

1. Register for the Principles of LEED webinar series online
2. Take the six modules at your own pace, and complete the quizzes at the end of each module by Oct. 27, 2013.
3. When you’ve completed the series, your prescriptive requirements will be satisfied and six hours will be credited to your My Credentials account. Your reporting period will convert to a regular CMP reporting period.
4. Complete the remainder of your reporting period with the green building education of your choice: no categories, no restrictions.
3. Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) Condenses Approved Activities

LEED professionals can now earn Credential Maintenance credit for four activity categories, as defined by GBCI:

1. Education – This includes “ Preferred courses and presentations from registered providers, self-reported courses and presentations, college and University courses, and Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.” There is no limit to CMP hours that can be achieved through educational programs.
2. LEED Project Participation – “Paid or unpaid work on a project that is registered for LEED certification.” There is no limit to CMP hours that can be achieved through LEED project experience.
3. Authorship – “Credited contribution to a print or digital publication.” There is no limit to CMP hours that can be reported for authorship.
4. Volunteering – “Volunteering includes participation in the USGBC or GBCI Board of Directors, steering committees, or working groups; LEED credential exam item writing or job task analysis; local USGBC chapter boards of directors and committees; or other volunteer organizations that support the LEED system”. Candidates can only earn up to 50% of their CMP hours through this type of volunteering.


4. Simplified CMP Reporting Process

GBCI has done away with the complex “Categories” for reporting hours. Before, LEED AP’s were required to organize their classes and activities reported by topic, such as Project Site Factors, or Water Management. Under the new system, credentialed LEED professionals will be taken directly to a CMP activity reporting form and will not be required to assign the class to a topic category.

It should be noted that LEED AP’s who “opted-in” to a specialty and are completing the Prescriptive Path requirements will still be required to assign courses to the required topic categories for the first period of reporting.


  • Alva dozusa

    Amazing Post! Nowadays, there are
    many good LEED CE credential maintenance program for all architects,
    designers, engineers and students.