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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Certifications and Licenses (LEED AP)

Certifications and Licenses (LEED AP)


LEED AP

What it is – LEED AP stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Basically, having the LEED AP credential shows that you have specific knowledge and experience using environmentally friendly designs, processes, etcetera.

Who governs it – The LEEP AP is run by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Requirements – Professional experience working on a LEED project
- Pass the LEED AP exams

Who needs it – Anyone working in the construction industry from design all the way through maintenance. Especially if you are working in an area with a very strong environmental focus or environmental needs.

Why you should get it – The environment is a hot topic right now. Having the experience and knowledge to work on environmentally friendly projects is an asset. The LEED AP credential shows that you have both the experience and knowledge to build environmentally friendly constructions.

Why you should not get it – Like most certifications there is no real negative to having LEED AP. However, the credential is focused mainly on building design, construction and maintenance. Outside of buildings there isn’t the same demand for LEED AP. That is changing, though.

When you should get it – Once you start working on LEED projects you are eligible. If you plan on staying in the industry it adds one more proof of qualification to put on the resume.

Other notes – GBCI is in the process of changing from a general LEED AP credential to LEED AP with a specialization. Check out their website for more information on the new specializations.

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