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  • Expresses: Who we are Who we are associated with What we are talking about today
  • It’s the first tier, the Bachelor’s degree if you will. At latest count, there were 150,000 LEED Professionals. That’s a remarkable number. It’s more or less required if you want to make headway in the sustainable building space.
  • Many of these reasons overlap. To build trust: Companies hire you on experience but also trust because they don’t know how to do it themselves. Also to know you’re committed. To build your personal brand/market yourself.
  • To achieve credits: LEED 2012 can possibly get two credits for having LEED Green Associates on the project. To have a green project in your portfolio and build your business.
  • To build knowledge: Once you get a job, project, etc, you need to know what to do. The information you need to know starts to prepare you for this. Once you pass the exam, you will be required to take courses to maintain your credential. Again this is all focused on continuing education.
  • Expresses: Who we are Who we are associated with What we are talking about today
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    • 1. Become a LEED Green Associate
    • 2. Continuously improving the build environment Who are we?
    • 3. What is the LEED Green Associate credential?
    • 4. Why go for the LEED Green Associate credential? Trust
    • 5. Why go for the LEED Green Associate credential? Recognition
    • 6. Why go for the LEED Green Associate credential? Knowledge
    • 7.
      • Rhode Island Center for Biotechnology & Life Sciences
      • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
      Courses
      • LEED Green Associate Exam Prep - Qualifies you for LEED Green Associate exam
      • LEED & Green Project Management- 8 AIA Sustainable Design CE, GBCI LEED-Specific CEU for BD+C, ID+C and O+M
      • Energy Modeling for LEED Certification- 16 AIA Sustainable Design CE, GBCI LEED-Specific CEU for BD+C
      • Green Building Case Study - 1.5 AIA Sustainable Design CE, GBCI CE
      • Online Webinars- 1.0 GBCI CE
    • 8. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
        • The U.S. Green Building Council is the building industry’s only balanced non-profit consensus coalition promoting the understanding, development and accelerated implementation of green building policies, programs, technologies, standards, and design, operations and maintenance practices.
        • www.usgbc.org
    • 9. Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)
        • GBCI was created to administer certification and credentialing programs related to green building practice and to ensure that the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) program continues to be developed in accordance with best practices for credentialing programs. As of April 27, 2009, GBCI administers the LEED project registration and certification process.
    • 10.
      • 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.
      Changes to AP Credentialing
    • 11.
      • Demonstrates basic knowledge and skill in understanding and supporting green
      • design, construction and operations
      • Primarily for employees at companies supporting LEED (non-technical fields of practice, including marketing professionals, product reps, developers, maintenance staff, lenders, real estate professionals, etc.)
      • Must pass 2.5-hour Green Associates exam (100 multiple choice questions/2 hours + intro & survey)
      LEED Green Associate
    • 12. Benefits of Becoming a LEED Green Associate
      • Provides a marketable credential to a client, employer or prospective employer
      • Listing on GBCI website directory of LEED Professionals
      • Receive recognition for involvement in the LEED Certification process
      • LEED Green Associate certificate
    • 13.
      • Costs involved with the LEED Green Associate credential:
      • $50 application fee
      • Exam fee (per exam appointment):
        • $150 for USGBC National Members and full-time students
        • $200 for all others
      • Credentialing maintenance fee: $50 every 2 years
      LEED Green Associate Fees
    • 14.
      • Candidates must have experience in the form of either:
      • Documented involvement on a LEED-registered project
      • Employment (or previous employment) in sustainable field of work
      • Engagement in or completion of an education program that addresses green building principles
      LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
    • 15.
      • Project experience could involve providing support on a LEED registered project such as aiding or assisting on a project by providing administrative or research tasks, managing templates, coordinating meetings, tracking consultants and/or contractors, or helping in compiling documentation for review.
      LEED Green Associate
    • 16.
      • For candidates who meet the work experience requirement, their experience must be documented in the form of a letter of attestation from a supervisor, client or project manager and must describe their involvement on the job.
      • For candidates who have attended or are attending an education program, GBCI will accept a certificate of completion or an official transcript in lieu of a letter of attestation.
      LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
    • 17.
      • The letter of attestation must meet a number of requirements, including:
      • Must be on letterhead, dated, 750 words or less
      • Must be authored and signed by a supervisor, client, project manager, teacher, or someone else qualified to evaluate the applicant’s performance and relationship to candidate must be demonstrated (business card)
      LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
    • 18.
      • The letter must summarize and confirm the applicant’s participation in one of the three qualifying experience categories (project involvement, employment, or education).
      • For eligibility based on project involvement:
        • Must name specific LEED-registered project
        • Must affirm that the applicant was involved with the project
        • Must provide the date(s) of the applicants involvement with the project
      LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
    • 19.
      • For eligibility based on employment:
        • Must explain how the applicant’s profession or company relates to environmentalism or the green building industry
        • Must affirm the applicant’s employment and provide the applicant’s job title or company
        • Must provide the applicant’s date(s) of employment
      LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
    • 20.
      • For eligibility based on education, the certificate of completion or transcript:
        • Must provide the course’s title and provider
        • Must explain how the course relates to green building principles or LEED
        • Must affirm that the candidate was enrolled in the course
        • Must provide the applicant’s date(s) of enrollment
      LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
    • 21. LEED Green Associate Exam Requirements
      • Candidates are also required to:
      • Agree to the Disciplinary Policy
      • Agree to the Credentialing Maintenance Program
      • Biannual educational maintenance
      • requirement of 15 hours (3 of these hours must be LEED specific)
      • Submit to an application audit (5-7% of candidates)
    • 22. Applying for the Green Associates Exam
      • Go to “My Credentials” page on the GBCI website: https://ssl27.cyzap.net/gbcicertonline/login/ where you’ll be prompted to log in to your GBCI account. If you don’t have an account, click “First Time Here?” to create one.
      • Select “Apply for an Exam” from the “Current Options.”
      • Review and, if applicable, update your profile.
    • 23. Applying for the Green Associates Exam
      • 4. Verify that your name matches the ID you will present at the test center; if it does not, contact GBCI as you cannot update it yourself.
      • 5. Select your LEED Professional Directory preferences.
      • 6. Select your credentialing route.
      • 7. Upload your documentation of eligibility.
      • 8. If you’re a student, request student pricing ($150).
      • 9. Select whether you would like special testing accommodations.
    • 24. Applying for the Green Associates Exam
      • 10. Review your exam application. You may return to the main menu and leave your application incomplete; your application will not be processed until it is completed and submitted. Once you have confirmed that all information is correct and all documentation is uploaded, press “Submit.”
      • 11. Agree to GBCI’s Terms and Conditions, Disciplinary Policy, and CMP Guidelines.
    • 25. Applying for the Green Associate Exam
      • 12. Enter credit card information to pay the non-refundable application fee ($50). Press “Process Payment.” Do NOT hit the button more than once; doing so may cause multiple charges on your credit or debit card.
      • 13. You’ll receive an on-screen notification that your application is complete and you’ll be provided with your application reference number.
    • 26. Applying for the Green Associate Exam
      • 14. You will receive notice within seven days that your application is approved or incomplete. If your application is approved, you can proceed to registration. If your application is denied or expires, you must wait 90 days before reapplying.
    • 27. Registering for the Green Associate Exam
      • Go to “My Credentials” page on the GBCI website: https://ssl27.cyzap.net/gbcicertonline/login/ where you’ll be prompted to log in to your “My Credentials” account.
      • Select “Register for an Exam” from the “Current Options.”
      • Confirm that you understand which exam you are registering for and how to schedule an appointment. Confirm that your member status is correct.  
    • 28. Registering for the Green Associate Exam
      • When your exam registration is complete, your eligibility ID will be displayed on-screen. You can use this number in 24-48 hours to schedule an exam through Prometric, available at www.prometric.com/gbci .
      • When you schedule your exam with Prometric, you will receive a confirmation number onscreen and from through an email. Record your confirmation number. You will need this confirmation number to confirm, cancel, or reschedule your appointment.
      • .
    • 29. Scheduling Your Exam
      • Candidates may register at any point during their one year application period through “My Credentials.” You have three chances to pass the exam during the one-year application period. After an application expires, you are required to wait 90 days before submitting a new application
    • 30. LEED Green Associate Exam
      • Green Associate exam scores range from 125 to 200. Candidates must achieve a minimum score of 170 to pass the exam and earn the LEED Green Associate credential.
      • The Green Associate exam tests broad knowledge of sustainable design principles and basic understanding of LEED rating systems and other LEED resources.
    • 31. LEED Green Associate Exam
      • The Green Associates exam tests:
      • Knowledge of what LEED is
      • Knowledge of the process through which buildings become certified
      • Knowledge of administrative processes, including registration and certification
      • Familiarity with terminology
      • Potential strategies for achieving sustainability goals
      • How to be involved with and support other LEED project team members
    • 32. LEED Green Associate Exam
      • Questions may be drawn from any of the LEED rating systems, from the USGBC website and from the LEED reference guides.
      • You DO NOT need to memorize each prerequisite and credit’s number, name, intent, requirements, strategies, exemplary performance thresholds, point value, submittal requirements.
      • You DO NOT need in-depth knowledge of referenced standards or green technologies.
    • 33. LEED Green Associate Exam
      • The Green Associates exam tests general knowledge of green building practices for both commercial and residential properties and both new construction and existing buildings
    • 34. Green Associate Exam-Sample Question
      • As a project’s schematic design phase is being completed, the owner officially confirms that this will be a LEED project. A member of the design team will register the project with GBCI. LEED projects are registered with GBCI by:
      • (Choose one)
      • Setting up a meeting with a GBCI representative
      • Completing the registration online at www.gbci.org
      • Completing GBCI’s automated telephone registration
      • Printing and completing the online registration form and mailing it to GBCI
    • 35.
      • As a project’s schematic design phase is being completed, the owner officially confirms that this will be a LEED project. A member of the design team will register the project with GBCI. LEED projects are registered with GBCI by:
      • (Choose one)
      • Setting up a meeting with a GBCI representative
      • Completing the registration online at www.gbci.org
      • Completing GBCI’s automated telephone registration
      • Printing and completing the online registration form and mailing it to GBCI
      •  
      Green Associate Exam-Sample Question
    • 36.
      • A project is planned in the northwestern United States near Puget Sound, where the effect of runoff on the local salmon habitat is a major concern. The building owners would like to promote biorention on-site and are considering a number of different low impact development strategies, including bioswales, porous pavement, and other approaches that mimic natural hydrologic conditions. Bioswales are used for: (Choose one)
      • Water efficiency in the landscape
      • Stormwater management
      • Reducing the heat island
      • Erosion and sedimentation control
      Green Associate Exam-Sample Question
    • 37.
      • A project is planned in the northwestern United States near Puget Sound, where the effect of runoff on the local salmon habitat is a major concern. The building owners would like to promote biorention on-site and are considering a number of different low impact development strategies, including bioswales, porous pavement, and other approaches that mimic natural hydrologic conditions. Bioswales are used for: (Choose one)
      • Water efficiency in the landscape
      • Stormwater management
      • Reducing the heat island
      • Erosion and sedimentation control
      Green Associate Exam-Sample Question
    • 38. Maintaining Your Green Associates Credential
      • Green Associates must earn their required continuing education (CE) hours during the 2-year period following the date they awarded their credential. This 2-year CMP reporting period begins on the exam date or the CMP enrollment date and ends 2 years minus 1 day from the start date.
      • At the end of the 2-year reporting period, Green Associates must have completed their CE requirements. If they’re not completed and/or the hours aren’t reported to GBCI, the credential expires.
    • 39. Resources for the Green Associate Exam
      • GBCI website (Eligibility and application info)
      • http://www.gbci.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=182&
      • LEED Green Associate Handbook
      • http://www.gbci.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=3571
      • LEED Administration Information
      • http://www.gbci.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=78
      • LEED Prep GA and LEED GA Practice Exams
      • www.ppi2pass.com ($79.95/$49.95)
    • 40. Resources for the Green Associate Exam
      • Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide ($35)
      • http://www.usgbc.org/Store/PublicationsList_New.aspx?CMSPageID=1518
      • USGBC LEED Practice Exams https://www.usgbc.org/Store/PublicationsList_New.aspx?CMSPageID=1518
      • NEXUS LEED Resources
      • http://www.nexusboston.org/learn/leed-resources
    • 41. Resources for the Green Associate Exam
      • List of USGBC courses that satisfy green building education program requirement
      • http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2011
      • Green Associate Credentialing Maintenance Program
      • http://www.gbci.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=3665
    • 42. Prep for the LEED Green Associate Exam
        • LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
        • March 25, 8:30am-5pm
        • Boston, MA
        • 700 free practice questions through GreenExamPrep
        • Register online at http://www.greenroundtable.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=227
    • 43. Summary
      • Evaluate to see if it’s for you: For more information, visit http://slidesha.re/LEEDGreenAssociate .
      • Apply to take the exam: www.gbci.org , $50 fee, need some experience in green building
      • Sign up for a date: Depends on how you learn and how much time you have.
      • Set a realistic study schedule: Most people need at least a month of committed studying.
      • Study, study, study: 2.5 hrs, 100 questions, principles & processes
      • Take the exam
    • 44. Thank You! The Green Roundtable (617) 374-3740 www.greenroundtable.org Aaron Desatnik, LEED AP BD+C (617) 374-3740 x127 [email_address]