Sustaining Education for Green Building Professionals
The LEED Accredited Professional is an important credential to show technical knowledge of green building design, construction and operation. But is it enough? In 2009, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) ruled that LEED APs and LEED Green Associates must complete continuing education in order to maintain their credentials. If you are a LEED AP with a specialty, you must do 30 hours of continuing education, also called the credential maintenance program (CMP), every two years. The specialties are:
- LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C)
- LEED Interior Design and Construction (ID+C)
- LEED Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M)
- LEED Neighborhood Development (ND)
- LEED Homes (Homes)
Continuing education is a way to improve a LEED AP’s skills and knowledge through project experience, case studies, reading, and attending courses and lectures. The green building industry is growing, and even becoming standard in local, state, and federal building code. According to a research by Booz Allen Hamilton and USGBC, the green building industry will support 7.9 million U.S. jobs and put $554 billion into the American economy by 2013. For this reason the LEED AP credential remains important and relevant. Maintaining the credential is critical as knowledge, technology and practices are always improving in this young industry.