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Introduction to the 
LEED©AP Specialty Designationsand 
How to Maintain Your Credential
I.	Introduction to The Green Roundtable / NEXUS
II.	LEED with Specialty Designation
III.	How to Maintain Your LEED AP Cred...
NEXUS
NEXUS’s range of services:
Green project management
Design charrettes
Feasibility assessment
Building systems analys...
Bourne Mill Apartments
Boston Children’s Museum
Staples
Suffolk University’s 10 West Street Dorm 
Burlington Office Park-5...
Courses
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
LEED & Green Project Management
Energy Modeling for LEED Certification
Case Stu...
NEXUS
I.	Introduction to The Green Roundtable / NEXUS
II.	LEED with Specialty Designation
III.	How to Maintain Your LEED AP Cred...
Changes to AP Credentialing
In June 2009, a new three-level LEED-AP tier system was introduced:
Tier I—LEED Green Associat...
LEED AP with Specialty
Tier II—LEED AP:
Extraordinary depth of knowledge in green building practices and specialization in...
LEED AP Exam Requirements
Requirements for taking LEED AP exam:
Documented work on at least one LEED project within the la...
LEED AP Exam Requirements
	For exam eligibility, GBCI considers involvement on a LEED project to mean that the candidate c...
LEED AP Exam
LEED AP candidates must pass both the Green Associate and the LEED AP sections of the exam to earn the LEED A...
LEED Green Associate Exam
The Green Associates exam tests:
Knowledge of what LEED is
Knowledge of administrative processes...
LEED AP Exam
The LEED APs exam tests:
Knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and ...
I.	Introduction to The Green Roundtable / NEXUS
II.	LEED with Specialty Designation
III.	How to Maintain Your LEED AP Cred...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential: LEED APs without Specialty
LEED APs without specialty (those who passed exam prior to...
LEED APs without Specialty
Enrollment is through “My Credentials” on GBCI website (https://ssl11.cyzap.net/gbcicertonline/...
LEED APs without Specialty
During the enrollment period, LEED APs without specialty  must either pass the new specialty ex...
LEED APs without Specialty
LEED APs without specialty who do not enroll in the CMP are not required to do any credentialin...
LEED APs without Specialty
If LEED APs without specialty want to get their specialty designation after their enrollment pe...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
All LEED APs must earn 30 hours (minimum of 6 must be LEED-specific) of continuing edu...
LEED APs without Specialty
Requirements amount to only 24 hours.  The six additional CE hours can be earned in any category
LEED APs without Specialty
If LEED APs without specialty who enrolled through prescriptive credential maintenance decide t...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential for Newly Accredited LEED Professionals
For those who passed the GA or specialty AP ex...
Newly Accredited LEED Professionals
If LEED APs with specialty maintain their credential by retesting, they must register ...
Newly Accredited LEED Professionals
If LEED APs with specialty enroll and don’t fulfill the requirements or if the CE hour...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
There is a $50 biennial CMP renewal fee.  If this fee isn’t paid in the 30 days follow...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential 
LEED APs who have more than one specialty must maintain each of them.  
One will be d...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
LEED APs who passed one of the “old” exams and one of the new exams (BD+C, ID+C or O+M...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
If the primary and secondary specialty(ies) are not earned at the same time, the CMP r...
Obtaining the CE Hours
All professional development/continuing education courses submitted must be approved by an Educatio...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
In addition to being ERB-approved, 75% or more or LEED-specific continuing education m...
Obtaining the CE Hours
https://www.usgbc.org/CourseCatalog/CourseCatalog.aspx
Obtaining the CE Hours
CE hours are calculated differently depending on the activity delivery method (Sections 1-8):
Profe...
Obtaining the CE Hours
LEED APs should only report activities that:
Address topics outlined for each specialty in the CMP ...
Obtaining the CE Hours
LEED APs should only report activities that:
Are selected by LEED APs for their own professional de...
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
Section 1– Professional Development and Continuing Ed
Courses or content to enhance and broaden skills and knowledge
Inclu...
Section 1– Professional Development and Continuing Ed
CE hours are unlimited for attendees
CE hours may be earned only onc...
Section 1– Professional Development and Continuing Ed
CE hours possible:
 1 CE hour for first hour of the activity
0.5 hou...
Section 2 – Live Presentations
One-time events where content is delivered either in-person or through broadcast technology...
Section 2 – Live Presentations
CE hours are limited to 5 per reporting period for attendees
CE hours earned as an instruct...
Section 2 – Live Presentations
Instructors and developers of courses may earn up to 2 additional CE hours per course for d...
Section 3 – Self-study
Independent review of material
Includes content delivered in webinars, books or articles, digitized...
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What are the new LEED AP specialty designations? How ill they differ from my current LEED AP status and what are the benefits? What resources are there to help me pass the exam? What are the requirements for maintaining the LEED AP Specialty credentials? If I'm a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP, what do I need to do to maintain my credential?

This is a 1-hr presentation on the new LEED AP specialty designations and maintaining your LEED Credential. The new specialty exams include: Building Design and Construction (the old NC), Interior Design and Construction (the old CI), Operations and Maintenance (the old EBOM), Homes, and Neighborhood Development. Get answers to the above questions and bring questions of your own.

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  1. 1. Introduction to the LEED©AP Specialty Designationsand How to Maintain Your Credential
  2. 2. I. Introduction to The Green Roundtable / NEXUS II. LEED with Specialty Designation III. How to Maintain Your LEED AP Credential Session Agenda
  3. 3. NEXUS NEXUS’s range of services: Green project management Design charrettes Feasibility assessment Building systems analysis Carbon footprint reduction ENERGY STAR assessment LEED certification LEED support LEED policy development LEED credit calculation and strategic assistance review Rhode Island Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
  4. 4. Bourne Mill Apartments Boston Children’s Museum Staples Suffolk University’s 10 West Street Dorm Burlington Office Park-5 Wall Street Georgetown McDonough School of Business Penn State University Hershey Medical Children’s Hospital
  5. 5. Courses LEED Green Associate Exam Prep LEED & Green Project Management Energy Modeling for LEED Certification Case Study Roundtables Product Presentations Rhode Island Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
  6. 6. NEXUS
  7. 7. I. Introduction to The Green Roundtable / NEXUS II. LEED with Specialty Designation III. How to Maintain Your LEED AP Credential Session Agenda
  8. 8. Changes to AP Credentialing In June 2009, a new three-level LEED-AP tier system was introduced: Tier I—LEED Green Associate Tier II—LEED AP Tier III—LEED AP Fellow There are now eligibility requirements for all levels of the exam in addition to credentialing maintenance requirements.
  9. 9. LEED AP with Specialty Tier II—LEED AP: Extraordinary depth of knowledge in green building practices and specialization in a particular field: Commercial building design and construction Commercial operations and maintenance Commercial interior design and construction Residential design and construction Neighborhood development Must pass 2-part (including GA exam), 4-hour exam (200 multiple choice questions) Biannual educational maintenance requirement of 30 hours
  10. 10. LEED AP Exam Requirements Requirements for taking LEED AP exam: Documented work on at least one LEED project within the last 3 years, with verification in the form of a letter of attestation from a supervisor, client, or project manager Submit to application audit
  11. 11. LEED AP Exam Requirements For exam eligibility, GBCI considers involvement on a LEED project to mean that the candidate can demonstrate how they have contributed to the registered project through active participation and on-going responsibility and can show how they have been exposed to the LEED process
  12. 12. LEED AP Exam LEED AP candidates must pass both the Green Associate and the LEED AP sections of the exam to earn the LEED AP credential. You are allowed three attempts per section during the one-year application period. If you pass one part of the LEED AP exam, you only have to retake the part you failed. If you only pass the first part of the LEED AP exam, you are NOT a LEED Green Associate.
  13. 13. LEED Green Associate Exam The Green Associates exam tests: Knowledge of what LEED is Knowledge of administrative processes, including registration, certification, CIRs, etc. Familiarity with terminology Potential strategies for achieving sustainability goals How to be involved with and support other LEED project team members
  14. 14. LEED AP Exam The LEED APs exam tests: Knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the LEED application and certification process Understanding of green building practices and principles, and familiarity with LEED requirements and reference standards
  15. 15. I. Introduction to The Green Roundtable / NEXUS II. LEED with Specialty Designation III. How to Maintain Your LEED AP Credential Session Agenda
  16. 16. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential: LEED APs without Specialty LEED APs without specialty (those who passed exam prior to July 1, 2009) who enroll in the CMP system follow a different CMP compliance path than LEED Green Associates and LEED APs who have taken one of the new specialty exams. For LEED APs without specialty, GBCI provides an enrollment window between fall 2009 and October 27, 2011. Enrolling in the CMP allows these LEED APs to use the new LEED AP with specialty credential aligned with the exam they initially took.
  17. 17. LEED APs without Specialty Enrollment is through “My Credentials” on GBCI website (https://ssl11.cyzap.net/gbcicertonline/login/) Select “Enroll in the LEED AP with Specialty Credential” The 2-year CMP reporting period begins on the CMP enrollment date and ends 2 years minus 1 day from the start date.
  18. 18. LEED APs without Specialty During the enrollment period, LEED APs without specialty must either pass the new specialty exam (registering before October 27, 2011) OR complete prescriptive CMP requirements during the initial 2-year reporting period If enrolling through retesting, only the specialty exam is required After passing the exam, LEED APs must complete continuing education in order to maintain their specialty credential
  19. 19. LEED APs without Specialty LEED APs without specialty who do not enroll in the CMP are not required to do any credentialing maintenance or to pay any fees. LEED APs without specialty who don’t enroll in the CMP or those who enroll and don’t maintain the specialty credential will continue to be listed as LEED APs without specialty in the LEED Professional Directory, will hold the credential in perpetuity, and can continue to use LEED AP without specialty title and logo.
  20. 20. LEED APs without Specialty If LEED APs without specialty want to get their specialty designation after their enrollment period ends, they must take both parts of the exam.
  21. 21. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential All LEED APs must earn 30 hours (minimum of 6 must be LEED-specific) of continuing education (CE) during the 2-year period following the date they are awarded their credential. CE must be related to green building, green technology and/or LEED. For LEED APs without specialty who enroll in the CMP, these requirements are prescriptive for the initial reporting period. All other CMP requirements are non-prescriptive (no minimum requirements in categories).
  22. 22. LEED APs without Specialty Requirements amount to only 24 hours. The six additional CE hours can be earned in any category
  23. 23. LEED APs without Specialty If LEED APs without specialty who enrolled through prescriptive credential maintenance decide they want to take the exam instead, their prescriptive credential maintenance requirements change to non-prescriptive and are prorated based on the amount of time between their enrollment date and their exam date.
  24. 24. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential for Newly Accredited LEED Professionals For those who passed the GA or specialty AP exam before August 3, 2009, the reporting period ends August 2, 2011. For those who passed the GA or specialty AP exam after August 3, 2009, the reporting period beings on the exam date and ends 2 years minus 1 day from the state date.
  25. 25. Newly Accredited LEED Professionals If LEED APs with specialty maintain their credential by retesting, they must register for the exam between 12 months after the start date and 3 months from the end of the reporting period (months 13-21). LEED APs with specialty who retest do not have to complete continuing education. If LEED APs wait until 24 months after their exam date and their credential expires, they must retake both parts of the exam to become a LEED AP with specialty.
  26. 26. Newly Accredited LEED Professionals If LEED APs with specialty enroll and don’t fulfill the requirements or if the CE hours are not reported to GBCI, the LEED AP with specialty credential expires and the individual is removed from the LEED Professional Directory. The individual then becomes a LEED AP without specialty.
  27. 27. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential There is a $50 biennial CMP renewal fee. If this fee isn’t paid in the 30 days following the end of the reporting periods, the credential expires. This fee is waived for LEED APs without specialty who enroll in the new CMP system. When enrolling, you must also sign the Disciplinary and Exam Appeals Policy and agree to credential maintenance.
  28. 28. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential LEED APs who have more than one specialty must maintain each of them. One will be designated as the primary specialty; all others will be secondary specialty(ies). LEED APs who passed more than one of the “old” exams (NC, CI or EBOM) must complete 30 hours of CE for each specialty; 6 of these hours must be LEED-specific for each specialty. The prescriptive requirements apply for the initial reporting period.
  29. 29. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
  30. 30. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential LEED APs who passed one of the “old” exams and one of the new exams (BD+C, ID+C or O+M) must complete 30 hours of CE in their primary specialty (6 LEED-specific) and only 6 additional LEED-specific hours for their secondary specialty(ies) The primary specialty corresponds to the NC, CI or EBOM track, and the new specialty exam will become the secondary specialty(ies)
  31. 31. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
  32. 32. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential If the primary and secondary specialty(ies) are not earned at the same time, the CMP requirement for the secondary specialty is prorated for the reporting period in which it was earned; the reporting period stays the same.
  33. 33. Obtaining the CE Hours All professional development/continuing education courses submitted must be approved by an Education Reviewing Body (ERB) in order to be accepted by GBCI. Self-study programs and college and university courses do not have to be approved by an ERB. LEED-specific hours can be earned through ERB- or GBCI-approved activities, project participation and/or authorship.
  34. 34. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential In addition to being ERB-approved, 75% or more or LEED-specific continuing education must be directly related to : The current versions of the ratings systems and reference guides (credits, intents, referenced standards and requirements) OR The LEED certification process OR LEED Online LEED-specific continuing education must also directly support the maintenance of LEED professionals applied knowledge of LEED in a manner that relates to their credential
  35. 35. Obtaining the CE Hours https://www.usgbc.org/CourseCatalog/CourseCatalog.aspx
  36. 36. Obtaining the CE Hours CE hours are calculated differently depending on the activity delivery method (Sections 1-8): Professional development/continuing education courses Live presentations Self-study programs, including reading College and university courses Certificates, professional licenses and credentials Committee and volunteer work Authorship LEED project participation
  37. 37. Obtaining the CE Hours LEED APs should only report activities that: Address topics outlined for each specialty in the CMP Guide Appendix A. There are 7 categories for each specialty and numerous subcategories within those
  38. 38. Obtaining the CE Hours LEED APs should only report activities that: Are selected by LEED APs for their own professional development to supplement knowledge in sustainable building, working with an integrated design team or specific specialties Do not endorse or promote any companies or products Increase competency Follow current green building practices and provide accurate and relevant program content
  39. 39. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
  40. 40. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
  41. 41. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
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  43. 43. Maintaining Your LEED AP Credential
  44. 44. Section 1– Professional Development and Continuing Ed Courses or content to enhance and broaden skills and knowledge Includes ERB-approved courses, workshops, career training, workforce training, etc. Exam prep courses are not included In addition to being approved by an ERB, must be: Designed and instructed by people qualified in the subject matter Provide documentation of course completion Have at least 50 minutes of instructional time
  45. 45. Section 1– Professional Development and Continuing Ed CE hours are unlimited for attendees CE hours may be earned only once for attending or leading the same instructional program CE hours earned as an instructor, discussion leader, speaker or panelist may not exceed 50% of the total CE hours per 2-year reporting period Instructors and developers of courses may earn up to 2 additional CE hours per course for developing content
  46. 46. Section 1– Professional Development and Continuing Ed CE hours possible: 1 CE hour for first hour of the activity 0.5 hours for each additional full half of one activity hour (for example, a 75-minute program earns 1 CE hour; a 90-minute program earns 1.5 hours; a 2-hour program earns 2 hours)
  47. 47. Section 2 – Live Presentations One-time events where content is delivered either in-person or through broadcast technology Must be between 50 and 90 minutes long Includes non-ERB-approved conference sessions, brown-bag lunches (excluding product-related sessions) and employer training. Exam prep is not included
  48. 48. Section 2 – Live Presentations CE hours are limited to 5 per reporting period for attendees CE hours earned as an instructor, discussion leader, speaker or panelist may not exceed 50% of the total CE hours per 2-year reporting period
  49. 49. Section 2 – Live Presentations Instructors and developers of courses may earn up to 2 additional CE hours per course for developing content. CE hours possible 1 CE hour for first hour of the activity 0.5 hours for each additional full half of one activity hour
  50. 50. Section 3 – Self-study Independent review of material Includes content delivered in webinars, books or articles, digitized lectures and written or online
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