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GBCI looks to streamline LEED credentialing

November 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has announced a series of changes to its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Credential Maintenance Program (CMP), as well as related changes to the process to become LEED credentialed, according to a press release.

The changes are being made with the intent of easing requirements that LEED APs have complained about for years as confusing and bureaucratic, the release stated.

gbciAccording to the release, among the changes is a new opportunity for LEED APs with an older version of the credential to upgrade to the new credential.

"We analyzed a lot of the feedback from the last three years, looking at the whole program from start to finish and analyzing the pain points," said Erin Emery Hartz, manager of marketing and product development at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

"A team at USGBC and GBCI looked at the entire process, from taking the exam to recording hours, looked at every business rule and cut out half the requirements. The effort is to simplify and to make a much better credential experience," Hartz added.

The change with the biggest impact has been surrounding the so-called Legacy LEED APs, those whose credential became outdated with the introduction of LEED specialties (like LEED AP BD+C) in 2009, who have previously been asked, in order to demonstrate broad LEED and green expertise, to either retest or follow a complicated prescriptive path to earn their specialty, the release noted.

GBCI, with USGBC, will offer an alternative: USGBC has developed an intensive six-hour webinar series, Principles of LEED, which will be offered free to all LEED APs, the relese added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.