Under the new Credential Maintenance Program (CMP), LEED Professionals are required to maintain their credential by fufilling certain requirements every two years. The CMP is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
You're a LEED Professional... Now What?
LEED Professionals are required to EITHER fulfill Continuing Education (CE) hours OR retake their LEED exam every two years in order to maintain their credential. A certain number of CE hours must be LEED-specific, which means they have to do directly with the LEED process, LEED certification, LEED credit and/or categories:
LEED Green Associate: 15 CE hours (3 LEED-specific)
LEED AP + Speciality: 30 CE hours (6 LEED-specific)
Each additional LEED AP Specialty: An additional 6 LEED-specific CE hours
How to note LEED credential on business cards, email signature etc.
How to Earn CE Hours
Preferred courses and presentations from registered providers, such as those offered by CaGBC
- These are third-party verified, pre-approved, will be reported automatically (coming), and will not be subject to audit
- Self-reported courses and presentations (not third-party verified, may be subject to audit)
- CaGBC National Conference and Expo or Greenbuild Conference and Expo
How to Report and Keep Track of Hours
Login to your account in GBCI's My Credentials, and follow the directions.
What Happens if I don't Report?
LEED Professionals are required to report the required number of CE hours or retake the exam, and pay the $50 CMP renewal fee. If you don’t complete hours or don’t report, your credential will expire, and will have to reapply and retake the exam. (The GBCI may be more lient for new professionals. If you don't think you will be able to fulfill your required number of hours on-time, please contact GBCI directly at 1-800-795-1746.)
Please note: Legacy LEED AP's (those who became LEED AP's before April 2009 and did not upgrade to LEED AP + Specialty) do not have to fulfill credential maintenance requirements and will never lose their credential. The value of the Legacy LEED AP credential may diminish over time, e.g. LEED certification may no longer award points for having a Legacy LEED AP on the project team, only LEED AP + Specialty.