LEED Professional Project Experience Program
Get the LEED project experience you need to become a LEED AP, and do it online!
GreenStep's LEED® Professional Project Experience Program, in partnership with Green-Buildings.com, provides LEED AP exam candidates with an opportunity to actively work on a LEED registered project, thus qualifying participants to take the LEED AP exam while gaining real-world, hands-on experience.
This program is designed for the professional who is looking to go beyond the basics to gain a deeper understanding of the unique processes involved with managing a LEED project. Through this hands-on program working on a LEED Registered Project, aspiring LEED APs will not only develop a thorough understanding of the various phases of a LEED certification project, but also gain the specific knowledge, tools and skills necessary to help them pass the LEED AP exam.
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Continuing Education Credits
GBCI CMP: Earn 10 CEUs (5 LEED-specific and 5 LEED non-specific) for participation in the Program.
Dates and Cost
Length of Program: 4 Weeks
Available Start Dates (Choose at Checkout):
The program sessions take place once per week over 4 weeks from 6:00pm to 7:30pm Pacific Standard Time via web conferencing.
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Any candidate wishing to take the LEED AP exam must have previous experience with a LEED Registered Project.
This experience must be documented in the form of a letter of attestation from a supervisor, client or project manager and describe the candidate's involvement in the project. The candidate's experience must have occurred within three (3) years of the date of the application with the GBCI.
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"Green-Buildings.com's Professional Project Experience Program provided great hands-on, real world experience on an actual LEED project...GBCI approved my application within one day of submittal and I passed the LEED AP exam on my first try several weeks later."
"I have nothing but good things to say about this program. I have already suggested it to a number of friends... Thanks again Alex!"
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Important: For LEED Green Associate candidates, LEED project experience is not required. LEED registered project experience is only required for eligibility to take the LEED AP exam.
Through a thoughtful and practical approach, GreenStep has developed the Professional Project Experience Program to engage LEED AP candidates who wish to become a team member in an actual LEED Registered Project.
Candidates participating in the LEED Professional Project Experience Program will gain important experience and skills, while building the confidence and experience necessary for future professional development in the green building industry.
This program is designed for the professional who is looking to go beyond the basics to gain a deeper understanding of the unique processes involved with managing a LEED project. Through this hands-on program working on a LEED Registered Project, aspiring LEED APs will not only develop a thorough understanding of the various phases of a LEED certification project, but also gain the specific knowledge, tools and skills necessary to help them pass the LEED AP exam. At the completion of the program, participants will have a greater level of understanding of the various LEED credit categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design and how they contribute to a project.
By participating in this unique four (4) week program, LEED AP candidates will learn by doing. Each team member will get involved with LEED Online, learn the tools and systems involved with tracking specific credits and responsibilities and contribute in a material way to the various project requirements which may include, but not be limited to:
* Performing credit calculations
* Analyzing energy model reports
* Evaluating credit costs
* Trouble shooting potential setbacks
* Reviewing documentation for compliance
* Drafting Credit Interpretation Requests (CIR)
Finally, participants will gain the practical knowledge necessary to make an immediate impact at a green building or sustainable design firm, giving them the confidence to guide projects to LEED certification and beyond.
Have a Question about our Project Experience Program?
>>Click Here for an FAQ on the Project Experience Program.
If you don't find your answer there, give us a call at 866-715-7737
Intended Audience; Number of Seats:
This course is intended for LEED AP candidates and LEED Green Associates seeking to earn the LEED AP credential, as well as for building professionals who have some level of familiarity with the LEED Rating System and who are looking to go beyond the basics and gain a thorough understanding of how to manage the LEED documentation process.
IMPORTANT: This program is limited in size. Once seats are filled, candidates wishing to participate may contact Green-Buildings.com to be added to a waiting list for future projects.
While there is no formal prerequisite for participating in this program, having your LEED Green Associate credential or at least a basic knowledge of the LEED Rating System, is highly recommended.
Methods of Instruction:
This program will be administered by employing various online communication methods including virtual meeting, email and/or chat. The program utilizes an actual LEED Registered Project. Participants will engage in discussions, work through problems, accomplish various tasks, assist in the documentation process, complete take-home assignments and provide feedback.
GreenStep stands behind its program 100%. Upon successful completion of the GreenStep Professional Project Experience Program, team members will receive a Letter of Attestation from GreenStep to submit to GBCI as part of the LEED exam application process. If your Letter of Attestation from GreenStep is not accepted by GBCI, the original purchase price of the program will be refunded. Each and every program participant that has applied for the LEED AP with specialty exam to date has had his or her exam application approved by GBCI, including those that were randomly selected for audit.
About the Instructor and Project Leader
Alex Spilger is Principal and Founder of GreenStep and has worked on over 40 diverse LEED projects and taught over 70 green building workshops through organizations such as local chapters of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business among others. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley Extension where he teaches a 6-week LEED Project Management course. His experience includes facilitating eco-charrettes, researching green building technologies and policy, and managing both the people and the processes involved with taking projects through LEED Certification.
Alex is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC and serves on the USGBC Corresponding Committee for LEED-EBOM. He is also founding board member of GreenLaces.org, a non-profit committed to leveraging the visibility and influence of athletics to create positive change for the planet. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in BD+C, ID+C & EBOM, a USGBC NCC Faculty member, a Certified Green Building Professional, an AIA Continuing Education Provider, HERS Rater and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.
The program costs $495.00. You'll be a registered member of the project team and eligible for the LEED AP exam!
"GreenStep's LEED Project Experience Program exceeded my expectation. The multiple credit calculations were challenging but Alex, our Project Team Administrator, assisted us to fully understand how to effectively complete each credit calculation needed for the project. The letter of attestation from GreenStep described in detail my complete involvement on the LEED project, and helped me to get the same day application approval from GBCI."
Jorge V., San Francisco
"Alex, I passed the LEED EBOM exam last week with a 182 and it is directly because of your teaching, coaching and insights - thank you! The project experience was very helpful because it gave me a rounded knowledge of what is needed to pass the AP exam. Another big thing to me is how you would spend whatever time necessary to answer questions about the project, or anything regarding the USGBC. You have returned all my emails very quickly and that is much appreciated. I wish there were more people in the business world like you. You have been a pleasure to work with and I hope I run into you in the near future."
"I would like to thank you for the opportunity to participate in GreenStep's LEED Project Experience Program. Your organization is wonderful! My application with GBCI was accepted shortly after applying for the exam."
"I took you Professional experience Oct-Nov and wanted to let you know that I passed the AP ID+C exam today on my first try. Thank you once again for your help."
"Greenstep's Professional Project Experience Program was instrumental in giving me detailed experience and in-depth knowledge of the LEED process and procedures. Alex's expertise and patience made it a pleasure to learn and practice on the LEED project. The program satisfied GBCI's exam eligibility requirements and allowed me to pass the LEED AP test on the first attempt."
"This program demonstrates why professional project experience is now a requirement for LEED AP qualification by bringing to life the calculations, submittals and general workings of the LEED online process. It also definitely helped me to successfully pass the LEED AP exam."
Bunmi L., LEED AP
"The Professional Project Experience Program provided the hands on experience I needed to not only sit for the LEED AP BD+C exam, but also to apply to other LEED registered projects. Alex presented the material in a thorough and professional manner. He is well versed on all LEED rating systems. I am proud to say that the Professional Project Experience Program was an integral part in earning my LEED AP BD+C credential. Thank you GreenStep and Green-Buildings.com!"
Daniel S., P.E., LEED AP BD+C
"Once again...many thanks for your online training programand project experience ...I could not have received my LEED AP (Homes)without your training program! And I got it first time around using only your information , not the USGBC reference guide which would have been too much to take in all at once. The simulated questions prepared me well...although I think you should make them a tad bit more difficulties the exam was definitely tough. I got 89% so I was happy! I think I'll just do the online courses for interest and continuing education...."
"Green-Buildings.com's Professional Project Experience Program provided great hands-on, real world experience on an actual LEED project. It helped me better understand the entire LEED process including credit calculations, LEED templates and LEED Online. Alex, the Project Team Administrator, was very knowledgeable of everything LEED and conveyed the information in an efficient manner. His letter of attestation provided upon completion of the program was comprehensive and effective. GBCI approved my application within one day of submittal and I passed the LEED AP exam on my first try several weeks later."
"I have nothing but good things to say Green-Buildings.com LEED project experience program. I have already suggested it to a number of friends and will be looking forward to taking advantage of other webinars offered by green-buildings.com. Thanks again Alex!"
"I thought this was a very informative program, and well presented. It provided me with numerous tools to assist me in the performance of the LEED certification process. The actual "hands-on" experience of performing various types of calculations and the use of the actual templates within LEED On-line were invaluable. My application to GBCI for the LEED AP specialty exam was approved within 24 hours."
J. Steven M., Project Manager
"The program was money well spent. It offered actual and varied experience allowing me to gain application approval for the LEED AP exam the day I received my attestation letter. Thanks!"
Bonita Springs, FL
"My application for the LEED BD+C exam was approved within a day of submitting my letter of completion from the Professional Project Experience Program. Thanks a lot for your guidance and help throughout the program! In many respects, the knowledge and real-world project experience I gained from participating in your program may be more important than the exam itself."