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In today's business world, LEED is the language of green.

LEED Accreditation

First, people are accredited and buildings are certified. Achieving a LEED professional credential signifies that you're a leader in the field and an active participant in the green-building movement.  

With new jobs specifying the need for sustainability expertise, a LEED professional credential shows a clear commitment to your professional growth, while underscoring your value to LEED project teams and sustainability-focused organizations. This is one sure way to make your talent visible (including on some searchable databases) -- earn and place these meaningful and impactful abbreviations after your name! 

Click here to learn more about different USGBC credentials (LEED Green Associate, LEED AP, WELL AP, SITES AP), preparation for exams (and their formats), credential maintenance, professional certificates (e.g., LEED for Homes Green Rater, LEED Project Reviewer or Green Classroom Professional) and more.


Still have doubts? Click here to learn five reasons it's worth it to become a LEED professional.

Credential Maintenance

The Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) for LEED professionals is overseen by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Continuing education keeps LEED professionals at the forefront of the green-building industry, driving ongoing excellence in the marketplace and ensuring that LEED professionals are the most qualified in the field.

All LEED professionals are required to maintain their credential by earning continuing education hours. LEED Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within two years of earning their credential. LEED APs must earn 30 continuing education hours within twp years of earning their credential. You can earn hours through these activities related to green building: education, project experience, authorship and volunteering. Access the CMP Guide for additional information about LEED professional credential maintenance.

Visit your credential account here.

USGBC Florida Education

As a statewide organization representing USGBC, USGBC Florida offers many opportunities to increase and maintain your LEED credentials.  Here are some quick resources and references:

  • Best of Greenbuild Series Webcasts (monthly; free to members) -- provides one hour LEED specific continuing education by sharing the best sessions from the most recent Greenbuild International Conference & Expo.
  • Edu-Casts (monthly; free to members) -- provides one hour green building continuing education from USGBC Education platform.
  • In-Person Events -- USGBC Florida hosts more than 300 events a year around the State, and the majority meet the criteria of one GBCI continuing education credit.
  • USGBC Education Subscription -- if you prefer to learn on-demand, you can subscribe to USGBC Education platform for $199/year.

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