For Existing LEED APs: GBCI Credentialing Maintenance Program Launching August 3, 2009

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:33

Quoted from a GBCI update just received today:


Since 2001, the LEED AP credential has been recognized as a mark of significant achievement, distinguishing those who passed the exam as leaders in the green building industry. With the launch of LEED v3 in April 2009, GBCI put in place a number of changes and enhancements to the LEED professional credentialing program, including a new tiered credentialing system.


LEED APs without specialty (those credentialed under the LEED AP for New Construction v2.0- v2.2 [NC] between January 2001 and June 30, 2009; the LEED AP for Commercial Interiors v2.0 [CI] between June 2006 and June 30, 2009; or the LEED AP Existing Buildings v2.0 [EB] between June 2006 and December 31, 2008) will be provided with an enrollment window, a 2-year period between fall 2009 and fall 2011 in which they may choose to upgrade their current credential by agreeing to the terms and conditions of the Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP).


Starting August 3, 2009 GBCI will begin sending emails to existing LEED APs, letting them know that their enrollment window is open. They will have two years to enroll from the date noted in their email. Emails containing open enrollment windows will be staggered through October 2009 to ensure a smooth enrollment process.


LEED APs without specialty can view their enrollment window through My Credentials on the GBCI website,, beginning August 3, 2009. The schedule is alphabetically driven and will be posted on to provide LEED APs with a sense of when their enrollment window will be open. During the enrollment window, LEED APs without specialty will have three options:


Option 1: Become a LEED AP with one (or more) of the BD+C, Homes, ID+C, ND, or O+M specialty designations by passing one of the new specialty examinations.
Option 2: Become a LEED AP with one (or more) of the BD+C, ID+C, or O+M specialty designations by completing the prescriptive CMP requirements for the initial 2-year reporting period.
Option 3: Do nothing and continue to be a LEED AP without a specialty in the LEED Professional Directory.


GBCI will release the CMP Enrollment and Policy Guides on our website at


Finally, we would like to ask you to please complete this short survey, which will help inform our Credentialing Maintenance Program support team.


We are excited about the new credentialing program and grateful for your efforts in helping us take the LEED Accredited Professional designation to the next level.


Should you have any additional questions please visit


Beth Holst
Vice President, Credentialing