I enrolled in the LEED AP BD+C (Building Design + Construction) specialty which requires 30 continuing education units over two years.  With my initial two-year period coming to a close, the forms needed to be filled out showing my continuing education.

Fortunately, I have been able to work as a consultant on several LEED projects at Hutton Architecture Studio, easily providing 10 hours of project experience, including the required six LEED specific hours.  I was able to earn the remaining hours by going to regional conferences (eight hours), attending live presentations (five hours), self-study (five hours), and becoming a licensed architect (two hours).  The trickiest part was earning 24 prescriptive credential maintenance hours in specific categories as required by GBCI during the first two-year reporting period, which include the following categories:

  • Project site factors
  • Water management
  • Project systems & energy impacts
  • Acquisition, installation, and management of project materials
  • Improvements to the indoor environment
  • Stakeholder involvement in innovation
  • Project surrounding & public outreach

Tracking the prescriptive credential maintenance was a little complicated, but it was definitely worth completing in order to avoid the other option of getting the LEED AP BD+C specialty – retesting.  And, as posted in a previous entry, the benefits of becoming a LEED AP + specialty are worth it!

Although I didn’t use any online course providers, I did learn that there are several GBCI Education Reviewing Body (ERB) approved educational courses on-line (http://www.gbci.org/erp/coursecatalog/index.aspx), many of which are free.  I still prefer live presentations where I can ask the facilitator questions, such as the Rocky Mountain Green Conference (http://www.rockymountaingreen.com/) where my coworker, Mark Broyles, presented last year.

Be sure to also refer to the GBCI Credentialing Maintenance Guide (http://www.gbci.org/Files/cmp_guide.pdf) for the most current requirements.