The enrollment window is now closed for LEED AP’s without specialties and many have decided to ‘take the plunge’ and opt-in to begin their 30-hours of Prescriptive maintenance. You could be a LEED GA who is needing to collect their 15-hours, or maybe you are someone who just recently passed the exam and your 2-year window for LEED CMP (Credential Maintenance Program) has begun. No matter what your circumstance, you may be starting to feel pressured about achieving all your required credits in the appropriate amount of time. With most all new things, it takes some time to ’test out the waters’ and get familiar with everything. I found this to be true when I began my journey down the 30 hour Prescriptive path. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself get started: My first recommendation would be to log-on to ‘My Credentials’ via the www.gbci.org site. Under ‘Credential Maintenance Program (CMP)’ there is a link for ‘Review/Report CMP activity’. Print this out and use it as your road map for registering and taking courses. This way you can be ensured that you are taking courses that will actually get you the credits that you need. Secondly, get connected! There are a lot of resources out there for free and/or low-cost courses. Here are some quick resources for getting in the loop:
- Get connected with your local USGBC chapter, especially through their e-mail notifications. They run several low-cost programs in your area and also offer volunteer opportunities to help achieve your credits. Here is the site for Indiana – www.usgbc-in.org/membership/
- Social Media groups via LinkedIN (i.e. Credential Maintenance Program for LEED APs and LEED Green Associates; LEED Accredited Professional ; U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); USGBC Indiana) and Facebook (i.e. USGBC-Indiana Chapter, USGBC) or the like.
- Several publications have courses list via their websites/e-newsletters (i.e. Green Source Magazine)
Don’t get caught up by groups that say you can get ALL your credits through them. Although true and effective, they tend to be much higher priced…which mainly you and/or your company is simply paying for the convenience. They tend to only offer courses via the internet (i.e. pre-recorded webinars or Powerpoint presentations) which can be a very long and very boring process! They do offer occasional specials, which can be a good way to utilize this avenue. I could go on and on with more tips and resources, but hopefully this should help you get on the right track and begin your own journey. If you want more information, or need any further assistance, I would be more than happy to help in any way that I can…so please do not hesitate to contact me! Also, feel free to respond to this with additional resources that you have come across! Good luck on your LEED CMP journey! Amanda Medlen, LEED AP ID+C