LEED AP Accreditation: The Rising Relevance 0

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Imagine if the products employed in every day construction were manufactured with renewable resources, alleviating the need to use virgin materials. This is one of the objectives of LEED, among others, including improving indoor environmental quality and creating innovations that reduce inefficiencies in water and other resource consumption. With all the changes occurring in the environmental landscape, and the rise in value of green building, the LEED AP accreditation is becoming increasingly authoritative.

LEED certified buildings have a reduced carbon footprint and operating costs, and are said to be more energy efficient than non-certified buildings. The rating system awards points in six diverse categories of Innovation in Design, Environmental Quality, Materials and Resources, Energy and Atmosphere, Water Efficiency and Sustainable Sites. The LEED credentialing process essentially consists of three levels of accreditation for individuals; the Green Associate, the LEED AP and the LEED Fellow. The Green Associate program covers the fundamentals of the LEED project terminology, concepts, systems and process. The next level is the LEED AP (along with a specialty), where candidates are tested on the basics of green building and their chosen specialty, and also need to have work experience on a LEED Project. The last is the LEED Fellow level, which only admits LEED AP accredited professionals who have had more than 10 years of onsite field experience.

The Importance of the LEED AP Certification

The need for green building proficiency has risen among corporations, real estate companies, design and construction firms, and other organizations.  Transforming from an obscure credential to a qualification carried by more than 60,000 industry professionals, the LEED AP designation is growing in application. The accreditation not only shows an understanding of green building strategies and technologies bu also builds credibility. These credentials are geared toward professionals who aspire to establish a knowledge and skill base in green building practices.

Becoming LEED AP accredited doesn’t require an individual to have an architectural or construction background, and is a great way to improve marketability as a sustainability consultant. Widely recognized and highly esteemed, the LEED AP designation demonstrates technical expertise in specific fields and a thorough understanding of the LEED rating systems. These professionals are well prepared to guide project teams through the certification process.

As the second level of LEED accreditation, the LEED AP (along with a specialty) tests candidates on their green building fundamentals and their chosen specialties, and also requires them to have work experience on a live LEED Project. The LEED AP specialties comprise five diverse exams, ranging from topics like LEED for Neighborhood Development to LEED Green Building Ops and Maintenance.

CleanEdison’s LEED AP Program

Qualifying for the LEED AP exam requires participants to have a documented LEED project professional experience (within the previous 3 years) and they need to verify the same through their employer or LEED Online. Add this to the necessary studying and what you get is a daunting qualification process. CleanEdison recognizes the struggle that individuals go through in the procurement of experience and has developed a state-of-the-art solution that allows individuals to work on a LEED-registered project while allowing them to join the project team and participate in actual team meetings. The LEED AP design and construction, ops and maintenance and the project experience courses by CleanEdison involve both classroom and online training to assist professionals in becoming experts in the field and undertake the LEED exam prep.

Individuals with a passion and an appetite for contributing to the future of sustainable and green design, construction, operations and maintenance of facilities will find this course perfectly suited for them. The training serves a valuable purpose, equipping those responsible for the environmental performance of our buildings now and into the future.

Original Article on CleanEdison Blog

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