Context:
Planning firms need an efficient program for training their staff to become LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professionals.

Purpose:
Architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, mechanical engineers, and other multidisciplinary planning firms need to have their staff trained on the LEED process, and most of the actual staff designers will need to acquire their LEED AP accreditation in order to keep up with today’s trends in energy efficient and environmentally sound project design.  Currently, interest is expressed through either individuals seeking professional development, or planning firms seeking training for staff in order to proficiently design green building projects.  Students must study the LEED 2.2 manual for New Construction and pass an 80 question exam designed to test candidates on their knowledge of the LEED process, criteria, point system, application process, submittals, etc.  Currently there is no streamline process for preparing for the exam.  Participants can either purchase materials from the US Green Building Counsel and study on their own, create a study group, or participate in loosely organized larger study groups.  The AIA is testing a formal preparedness course based on reading the LEED manual, repeatedly taking practice exams, and discussing weekly over a 5 week period.  Currently there is a 65-70% fail rate on the exam, and it starts at $400 per sitting.  It would be much more efficient for companies to enlist professional training for their employees at their facility, at their scheduling discretion, at an affordable price.  This would streamline the exam process and help coach those going through the more stringent 3.0 process (after March 31, registrants will have to successfully pass 2 exams AND have apprenticed under 2 LEED projects before acquiring the LEED accreditation.

Results: 

  • Planning firms stay on budget with professional development
  • More staff earn LEED AP more quickly, more efficiently
  • Firms gain marketing advantage on ever growing arena of LEED projects