ISSP Sustainability Certification

Thousands of people from a variety of backgrounds contribute to the corporate social responsibility efforts of their organization and call themselves a “sustainability professional.”

While the field has been enriched and informed by the diversity of expertise these people bring, it has also created inconsistency in practice and definition. In order for the field and its professionals to be taken seriously and be granted due credibility, there needs to be some definition and standardization of the competencies employers and seekers of consultants can come to expect.

Professional Sustainability Certification

Governed by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), ISSP Certification strengthens the hiring process by highlighting clear knowledge areas and technical skills of sustainability professionals.

stand out with an ISSP sustainability certification

The Value of ISSP Certification

This professional credentialing program offers value to building operations personnel and sustainability practitioners by:

  • providing cohesion and definition to the emerging profession of sustainability
  • providing validation to employers that a standard level of competency has been met
  • providing practitioners with evidence of credibility, furthering their career opportunities

ISSP Certification offers the first globally recognized and accredited credential to describe professionals who assess sustainability risks and opportunities in public and private organizations.

ISSP Credentialing Process

The ISSP sustainability certification program is comprised of two tiers.

The first tier is the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA). The ISSP-SA exam is a required first step and covers the core concepts and terms related to sustainability.

The second tier is the ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP). The ISSP-CSP exam covers the technical processes for implementing a sustainability strategy and measuring its progress.

ISSP Certification requirements

Both certifications require ongoing professional development activities that may include a combination of related work experience, training, and/or ISSP membership.

I want to become an ISSP Sustainability Associate

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