Testing for candidates seeking the new LEED Green Associate credential or the new LEED Accredited Professional (AP) Operations and Maintenance (O+M) credential is now available from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
The LEED Green Associate certification is for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice, according to GBCI. It denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operation. It is also the first step toward the LEED AP certification.
LEED AP O+M recognizes advanced knowledge in sustainable operations and specialized expertise in best management practices required for greening existing buildings. This new credential was designed to be consistent with the knowledge base and requirements of the new LEED 2009 rating system, released by the U.S. Green Building Council USGBC last month.
In addition to the credentials above, there are several more LEED-based credentials available. Study and testing for LEED AP Home is available now. Coming this summer are LEED AP Building Design & Construction, and LEED AP Interior Design & Construction. LEED AP Neighborhood Development is slated for 2010.
GBCI was created last year with the support of USGBC to handle exam development and credentialing as an objective third party.
More information on certification, exam structure, eligibility and certification maintenance programs is available at www.gbci.org.Also available are candidate handbooks and a variety of FAQ's for the various certifications.