Any LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty who does not decide to retest in order to maintain their designation must fulfill credentialing maintenance requirements by means of, what some may describe as, a dizzying process.
In June of 2009, The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) made some big changes to the LEED credentialing and testing process, adding more exam options, eligibility constraints, and credentialing maintenance requirements.
Beginning the day an individual earns their LEED Green Associate or LEED AP credential, or an existing LEED AP opts into the Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP), they have two years (minus one day) to complete fifteen or thirty hours of continuing education hours, respectively.
As of March 2012, some changes were made to the CMP, a few of which may make this daunting process a bit more manageable.
Live presentations that have not been approved by a third party Education Reviewing Body (ERB), Self-Study, and Committee/Volunteer work can now count toward up to 50% (combined) of your required CE hours!
Whether participating as an attendee, speaker or discussion leader at a live, facilitated presentation, you can earn 1 CE hour for the first hour of presentation, and 0.5 hours for each additional full half hour. Studying via audio, visual, or online media, or by other means such as examinations or readings, can earn you 1 CE hour for the first hour of study, and 0.5 CE hours for every additional half hour. Holding a leadership position at your local USGBC chapter, (such as Urban Green!), will get you 2 CE hours closer to completing your maintenance.
Are you currently a LEED AP who has opted into a specialty, and need to fulfill Prescriptive Credentialing Maintenance? Urban Green Council has now added suggested CMP reporting categories to all monthly programs posted on our calendar! Easy for us, easier for you.
You can find out about these updates and more by downloading the March 2012 Credentialing Maintenance Program Guide, and visiting the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
Does CMP still have you confused? Tune into this webcast. Your questions will be answered by Mara Baum, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Associate and Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader at HOK.