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April 2009
LEED v3: USGBC Education Offerings
USGBC remains the No. 1 resource for green building education

We are in a period of tremendous growth and evolution in the green building industry. On April 27, the next version of LEED, LEED v3, will launch. Meanwhile, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is expanding its LEED professional credentialing program to offer specialization and to further solidify the value of the LEED professional accreditation. Through this evolution, the U.S. Green Building Council remains the primary source for LEED and green building education.

USGBC’s suite of LEED and green building educational offerings – including in-person workshops, online courses, live and on-demand webinar series, and Education Provider Program courses – continues to be developed and improved to reflect the best and most current in green building science, technology and best practices. Now, USGBC’s LEED core curriculum is evolving even more to reflect the LEED 2009 rating systems. The curriculum also supports GBCI’s new credential maintenance requirements for the LEED AP credential and candidates seeking to become a LEED AP or a LEED Green Associate. Upper-level courses have concurrently been bolstered in a number ways to meet the needs of green building professionals seeking information to implement in LEED projects.

USGBC’s LEED core curriculum is offered in a variety of formats. The following new courses were created to align USGBC’s educational programming with GBCI’s new credentials:

If you’re seeking, or need maintenance for this credential…

…you can take these courses…

…which are available…

LEED Green Associate

Green Building Basics & LEED (100- level)


LEED Core Concepts & Strategies (200-level)

LEED AP with specialization

LEED Core Concepts & Strategies (200-level)


300-level programs specific to your desired specialization

Green Building Operations & Maintenance: Now

Green Home Design & Construction: May

Green Building Design & Construction: Late summer

Green Building Interior Design & Construction: Late summer

Neighborhood Development & Planning: Winter

To guide you to the most appropriate courses for your knowledge level, our core curriculum has clear, structured pathways for the pursuit of LEED and green building knowledge. Our offerings vary from basic awareness to mastery, helping you meet current needs and advance to higher levels along the continuum of lifelong learning.

USGBC also strives to offer a diverse selection of education programs to help you meet GBCI’s new credential maintenance requirements and keep you up-to-date on the latest version of LEED. Courses offered by USGBC Education Providers build on core LEED knowledge through continued education in green building theories, techniques and business trends.

To support candidates for both the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credentials, USGBC will offer exam preparation resources, including study guides and sample exams for each credential on a rolling basis beginning this summer to align with GBCI exam launches. Many USGBC chapters will utilize these resources through LEED exam prep study groups.

USGBC has added new education programs, but we’re also upgrading our existing educational offerings to respond to your need for practical information. To help you implement LEED principles on your projects, we’re providing you with case examples of successful LEED projects and market-specific webinars. Our instructor-led workshops have been revamped to be more interactive and engaging, including project case examples and the ability to learn project strategies not only from our highly skilled and accredited LEED faculty but also from each other. Our new 300-level workshops address the building and LEED implementation processes (whether during the design and construction phase or during ongoing operations and maintenance), so that rather than covering a rating system’s specific credits, they address the decisions and tools needed to actually implement the rating system.

As we continue to enhance and improve our educational offerings, we will rely heavily on your feedback. Please take a moment to respond to the short survey in the right-hand sidebar of this e-mail, and we look forward to working with you to provide a constantly growing and improving education program to match the energy and evolution of the green building movement.

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