LEED Training Advice

Wed, 2011-10-05 11:15

Nowadays, almost everyone in the construction industry has heard of LEED. What is interesting is that over time, the perspective of the USGBC’s LEED rating systems has changed, and the students requiring LEED training are changing as well. Four years ago, LEED was still largely unknown and considered and an up-and-coming standard. Today, LEED is about 25% of all new construction (what’s left of new construction anyway). What does this mean for you if you are considering pursuing LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What has changed for those pursuing LEED training today versus in 2007 or 2008?

Before I dive into the considerations for LEED training, let me state that the LEED credentials are valuable from a personal networking and confidence perspective. If you just passed the exams and never learned another thing about LEED, you would still be able to say that you are a LEED Green Associate, put it in your signature block, your resume, your LinkedIn, etc., etc., etc. What I am talking about below applies to the type of training that individuals should consider to really maximize their individual potential with LEED.

To start, LEED training today has gotten more intense and more practical. For example, we now have a very practical and hands-on LEED Project Experience class. Today, LEED Certification is still valuable, but since more people are at least familiar with LEED, you need more than just the credential. You really need to understand how LEED works and how to apply your LEED training to a project. Passing the Green Associate exam means that you at least know about LEED and the credit categories, however, the exams do not cover your ability to implement the standards. If you work for a manufacturer, do you know how to design products that maximize a project’s LEED points? If you sell products, can you tell your clients exactly how your credits are documented? If you manage projects, do you know what paperwork is required? If not, it could cost you big money.

To sum it up, if you are going for LEED training, I would highly recommend that you approach it not just to pass the exam, but to actually learn how to implement LEED and maximize your value to your company, clients, or project. The best combination of training to do this is Everblue’s LEED Green Associate and LEED Project Experience courses. Both are available online or in the classroom.

- Jon

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