By U.S. Green Building Council
The LEED professional credential helps you distinguish yourself from others in the green building industry by showing a clear commitment to your professional growth, while underscoring your value to LEED project teams and organizations focused on sustainability.
In 2014, USGBC surveyed hundreds of current employers of LEED credential holders about the value of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP. The work of these organizations spans many industries and functions, but they all tell a similar story about the value the LEED credentials bring to their work.
In fact, 91 percent of employers said they would recommend the program to peers, and 71 percent said they’re likely to make holding a LEED credential a requirement in the future. Here’s why:
New to green building and don’t know what credential is best for you? The LEED Green Associate is a foundational green building credential recognizing individuals with a demonstrated knowledge of fundamental green building practices and a commitment to the sustainability movement. It’s ideal for professionals newer to sustainability and LEED, as well as product manufacturers, students, real estate professionals, and contractors.
Want to get started? Download our free handbook to prepare for your exam.
The LEED AP with specialty credential demonstrates an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices and specialization in a particular LEED rating system. A LEED AP credential signifies that you are an active participant in the green building field who contributes expertise to the design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings and neighborhoods that save energy, use fewer resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthier environments for their occupants and the community.
This credential is best suited for those professionals with hands-on technical experience on a LEED registered and/or certified project.
This article was originally published in ARCHITECT.
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