Tuesday, November 12, 2013

LEED Exams And Credentials Moved From GBCI To USGBC Website

Last week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) quietly took back the management of the LEED credentialing exams and credential maintenance, previously run by its sister organization, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). USGBC sent an email to all LEED accredited professionals, explaining that it had updated the LEED credential accounts for an easier, more intuitive experience. The email outlined the benefits of the new online account platform, including:
  • "An intuitive dashboard to monitor learning.
  • A consolidated experience, putting all your interactions with USGBC in one location: usgbc.org.
  • Simplified CE reporting forms to make reporting a breeze.
  • More efficient renewal process that saves you time.
  • Enhancements to automated reporting for education providers.
  • Simplified exam registration including fewer steps, no wait time and consolidated payment."
Previously the LEED exam application process, as well as the maintenance of existing credentials, was all managed through the My Credentials account on GBCI. These pages now redirect to the redesigned USGBC's account portal. New candidates looking to apply for a LEED test date should now create an account at www.USGBC.org to begin the exam application process. To learn more about the various LEED exams available and corresponding prep material, visit www.greenedu.com/leed-certification.

Here is a preview of some of the new account features hosted on USGBC.org:

New USGBC Credential Account Dashboard:

USGBC LEED Certification and Exam Account

The transition from My Credentials to the USGBC account also includes clearer tracking information for the user's Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) progress, as well as a simplified CE reporting form:

USGBC LEED Credential Maintenance CMP Reporting Form

Lastly, candidates can now apply for additional LEED credentialing exams through their USGBC account through a simplified application process:

LEED AP Exam Application

At GreenEDU, we are frequently fielding questions regarding the relationship between GBCI and USGBC, and the roles of each. This change may indicate a shift in the relationship between the organizations, with USGBC putting itself back at the center as the go-to source for all things LEED.

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