June 30, 2009 will be the last date that candidates can take the current LEED for New Construction (NC) v2.2 and LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) v2.0 LEED Accredited Professional (AP) credentialing exams, the Green Building Certification Institute has announced. The Institute administers the certification and credentialing programs for the U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED green building rating system.
As part of the changes to the accreditation process announced at the end of 2008, the LEED for New Construction designation will be replaced with the LEED Building Design and Construction (BD+C) designation. The LEED for Commercial Interiors designation will be replaced by LEED for Interior Design and Construction (ID+C).
To maintain alignment with the new LEED 2009 Rating System for BD+C and ID+C, all new exam registrations must be submitted and accepted by GBCI no later than March 31, 2009, to take the current LEED AP exams by the end of June, the Institute states.
The LEED Accredited Professional (AP) credential indicates that the individual has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building and the LEED rating system. It is a voluntary designation, achieved by some 60,000 building professionals to date, according to GBCI.