The Original LEED Project Experience Program. Work on a LEED project from anywhere, gain valuable experience and prepare for the LEED AP Exam.
New! Program includes choice of GreenStep specialty LEED AP or LEED Green Associate practice exam and comprehensive LEED Exam Study Workbook. Choose from BD+C, O+M, ID+C or LEED Green Associate.
This GreenStep Project Experience program is delivered 100% online and is designed for the green building professional who, due to geographic or other constraints, is unable to access a LEED registered project. The program is perfect for professionals who are looking to go beyond the basics to gain a deeper understanding of LEED and the various phases of LEED certification.Price: $249.95
The GreenStep Professional Project Experience Program allows green building professionals to work on a LEED registered project from virtually anywhere.
Alex Spilger, founder of GreenStep and the LEED project experience team leader, has worked with Google, Salesforce.com, Skype and many other companies to help them achieve LEED certification for their buildings and meet their sustainability goals.
By successfully completing the GreenStep program, participants will not only be eligible to take the LEED AP exam, but also have a solid understanding of the processes involved in managing a LEED certification project.
This GreenStep Project Experience program is delivered 100% online and is designed for the green building professional who, due to geographic or other constraints, is unable to access a LEED registered project. The program is perfect for professionals who are looking to go beyond the basics to gain a deeper understanding of LEED and the various phases of LEED certification.
The USGBC has committed to continually updating the LEED Rating Systems every few years to adopt to new technologies, streamline the Certification process and increase the level of standards that projects must meet for each Certification level. The latest update to the LEED Rating Systems is LEED version 4 which launched in November 2013 and includes significant changes from LEED v2009.
While LEED v4 is officially up and running, LEED v2009 still remains current, relevant and widely popular. Projects will be able to continue to register under LEED v2009 through mid-2015 which means that LEED v2009 will likely remain relevant through 2017 and beyond for projects with longer schedules.
Most of the clients we are currently working with have opted to register their projects under LEED v2009, rather than LEED v4, since it is the more established Rating System and since the industry has not yet fully adapted to meet specific LEED v4 criteria for certain Credits. Furthermore, the LEED AP Exams will still be based on the LEED v2009 Rating Systems through May 2013 at which point they will switch over to LEED v4. As such, we will continue to use LEED v2009 projects for our LEED Professional Project Experience Program until we see a more widespread adoption of the new LEED v4 system. As part of our program, we will compare and contrast LEED v2009 with LEED v4 so that project participants have a working knowledge of both systems moving forward.
The program utilizes an actual LEED Registered Project. Participants will engage in discussions, work through problems, accomplish various tasks, assist in project documentation, complete take-home assignments and provide feedback.
The LEED Professional Project Experience Program includes your choice of GreenStep specialty LEED AP or LEED Green Associate practice exam and comprehensive LEED Exam Study Workbook. Choose from BD+C, O+M, ID+C or LEED Green Associate.
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GBCI CMP: Depending on your specialty, earn up to 15 Continuing Education Units (10 LEED-specific and 5 LEED non-specific) for participation in the Program. During the program project participants will complete a minimum of 5 hours of LEED Reference Guide Review as well as 10 LEED Prerequisites and/or Credits, the specifics of which may alternate depending on the project. These Prerequisites and Credits may include, but are not limited to the following:
• Minimum Indoor Water Efficiency
• Water Efficient Landscaping
• Indoor Water Use Reduction
• Innovative Wastewater Technologies
• Stormwater Management
• Site Development, Open Space
• Heat Island, Non-Roof
• Minimum Energy Performance
• Optimize Energy Performance, HVAC
• Optimize Energy Performance, Lighting
• On-site Renewable Energy
• Green Power
• Recycled Content
• FSC Wood
• Daylight & Views
• Increased Ventilation
• Innovation in Design
Continuing education hours are available for self-reporting with the following organizations. For instructions on how to submit your Project Experience to GBCI upon completion, check out the presentation below:
- GBCI 15 Continuing Education Units
- AIA 10 Learning Units
- IFMA 15 Points
- InterNACHI 15 Hours
- NCEES 15 Hours
- CMI 15 Hours
- IAC2 15 Hours
- IAC2 15 Hours
How to Submit LEED Project Experience for CEUs
This program is delivered 100% online at your own pace. You may register and complete the program at any time, on your own schedule. This program is available in your account for 120 days from the time you access the material, not from the time of purchase.
"Green-Buildings.com's Professional Project Experience Program provided great hands-on, real world experience on an actual LEED project...GBCI approved my application within one day of submittal and I passed the LEED AP exam on my first try several weeks later."
"I just passed the LEED AP BD+C exam with a score of 185, I want to thank you so much for the project experience & all the help provided. I believe that it wouldn't have been possible without your assistance."
"I have nothing but good things to say about this program. I have already suggested it to a number of friends... Thanks again Alex!"
Through a thoughtful and practical approach, we have developed the Professional Project Experience Program to engage green building and LEED professionals in a real LEED Registered Project. Candidates participating in the GreenStep Professional Project Experience Program will gain important experience and skills, while building the confidence necessary for future success in the green building industry.
This program is designed for the professional who is looking to go beyond the basics to gain a deeper understanding of the unique processes involved with managing a LEED project. Aspiring LEED APs will not only develop a thorough understanding of the various phases of LEED certification, but also gain the specific knowledge, tools and skills necessary to help them pass the LEED AP exam.
At the completion of the program, participants will have a greater level of understanding of the various LEED credit categories:
* Sustainable Sites
* Water Efficiency
* Energy & Atmosphere
* Materials & Resources
* Indoor Environmental Quality
* Innovation in Design
By participating in this unique 100% online program, you will learn by doing.
Each team member gets involved with LEED Online, learn the tools and systems involved with tracking specific credits and responsibilities and contribute in a material way to the various project requirements which may include, but not be limited to:
* Performing credit calculations
* Analyzing energy model reports
* Evaluating credit costs
* Troubleshooting potential setbacks
* Reviewing documentation for compliance
* Drafting Credit Interpretation Requests (CIR)
Finally, participants will gain the practical knowledge necessary to make an immediate impact at a green building or sustainable design firm, giving them the confidence to guide projects to LEED certification and beyond.
Have a Question about our Project Experience Program? Check out the FAQ on the right side of this page. If you don't find your answer there, give us a call at 866-715-7737.
This course is intended for green building professionals, LEED AP candidates and/or LEED Green Associates seeking to earn the LEED AP credential, as well as for professionals who have some level of familiarity with the LEED Rating System.
While there is no formal prerequisite for participating in this program, having your LEED Green Associate credential or at least a basic knowledge of the LEED Rating System, is highly recommended. For participants seeking to take the LEED AP exam, it is highly recommended that you purchase a copy of the LEED Reference Guide for your specialty.
Methods of Instruction:
The program utilizes an actual LEED Registered Project. Participants will work through problems, accomplish various tasks, assist in the documentation process, complete assignments and provide feedback.
GreenStep stands behind its program 100%. Upon successful completion of the GreenStep Professional Project Experience Program, team members will receive a Letter of Attestation from GreenStep.
Alex Spilger is Principal and Founder of GreenStep and has worked on over 40 diverse LEED projects and taught over 70 green building workshops through organizations such as local chapters of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business among others. His corporate clients include Google, Skype, Salesforce.com, Oracle and others. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley Extension where he teaches a 6-week LEED Project Management course. His experience includes facilitating eco-charrettes, researching green building technologies and policy, and managing both the people and the processes involved with taking projects through LEED Certification.
Alex is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC and serves on the USGBC Corresponding Committee for LEED-EBOM. He is also founding board member of GreenLaces.org, a non-profit committed to leveraging the visibility and influence of athletics to create positive change for the planet. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in BD+C, ID+C & EBOM, a USGBC NCC Faculty member, a Certified Green Building Professional, an AIA Continuing Education Provider, HERS Rater and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.
"Thanks to the project experience program by Green Step Education and Green-Buildings.com, I passed the LEED AP BD+C exam with a score of 186/200. I am the first LEED AP in our firm and really excited about new business opportunities I can bring in!" Akash R.
"I want to thank you for providing the opportunity of obtaining the project experience. I appreciate all the effort provided by Alex. I have enjoyed attending this Webinar. I gained valuable experience. Great Organization. Thank you." Mais M. from Jordan
"GreenStep’s LEED Project Experience Program exceeded my expectation. The multiple credit calculations were challenging but Alex, our Project Team Administrator, assisted us to fully understand how to effectively complete each credit calculation needed for the project. The letter of attestation from GreenStep described in detail my complete involvement on the LEED project, and helped me to get the same day application approval from GBCI."
Jorge V., San Francisco
"I want to thank you for providing the opportunity of obtaining the project experience. I truly appreciate all the effort provided by you & Alex. Your Website was very helpful to me throughout my entire LEED training. I have already spread the word about how good your project experience & material, at the Jordan Energy Chapter & JGBC. I am sure a lot of people were interested and might participate in the near future in your programs. Thanks again" Firas R.
"Alex, I passed the LEED EBOM exam last week with a 182 and it is directly because of your teaching, coaching and insights – thank you! The project experience was very helpful because it gave me a rounded knowledge of what is needed to pass the AP exam. Another big thing to me is how you would spend whatever time necessary to answer questions about the project, or anything regarding the USGBC. You have returned all my emails very quickly and that is much appreciated. I wish there were more people in the business world like you. You have been a pleasure to work with and I hope I run into you in the near future."
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to participate in GreenStep’s LEED Project Experience Program. Your organization is wonderful! My application with GBCI was accepted shortly after applying for the exam.
"I took you Professional experience Oct-Nov and wanted to let you know that I passed the AP ID+C exam today on my first try. Thank you once again for your help."
"Greenstep’s Professional Project Experience Program was instrumental in giving me detailed experience and in-depth knowledge of the LEED process and procedures. Alex's expertise and patience made it a pleasure to learn and practice on the LEED project. The program satisfied GBCI’s exam eligibility requirements and allowed me to pass the LEED AP test on the first attempt."
"This program demonstrates why professional project experience is now a requirement for LEED AP qualification by bringing to life the calculations, submittals and general workings of the LEED online process. It also definitely helped me to successfully pass the LEED AP exam."
Bunmi L., LEED AP
“The Professional Project Experience Program provided the hands on experience I needed to not only sit for the LEED AP BD+C exam, but also to apply to other LEED registered projects. Alex presented the material in a thorough and professional manner. He is well versed on all LEED rating systems. I am proud to say that the Professional Project Experience Program was an integral part in earning my LEED AP BD+C credential. Thank you GreenStep and Green-Buildings.com!”
Daniel S., P.E., LEED AP BD+C
"Once again...many thanks for your online training programand project experience ...I could not have received my LEED AP (Homes)without your training program! And I got it first time around using only your information , not the USGBC reference guide which would have been too much to take in all at once. The simulated questions prepared me well...although I think you should make them a tad bit more difficulties the exam was definitely tough. I got 89% so I was happy! I think I'll just do the online courses for interest and continuing education...."
"Green-Buildings.com's Professional Project Experience Program provided great hands-on, real world experience on an actual LEED project. It helped me better understand the entire LEED process including credit calculations, LEED templates and LEED Online. Alex, the Project Team Administrator, was very knowledgeable of everything LEED and conveyed the information in an efficient manner. His letter of attestation provided upon completion of the program was comprehensive and effective. GBCI approved my application within one day of submittal and I passed the LEED AP exam on my first try several weeks later."
"I have nothing but good things to say Green-Buildings.com LEED project experience program. I have already suggested it to a number of friends and will be looking forward to taking advantage of other webinars offered by green-buildings.com. Thanks again Alex!"
"I thought this was a very informative program, and well presented. It provided me with numerous tools to assist me in the performance of the LEED certification process. The actual "hands-on" experience of performing various types of calculations and the use of the actual templates within LEED On-line were invaluable. My application to GBCI for the LEED AP specialty exam was approved within 24 hours."
J. Steven M., Project Manager
"The program was money well spent. It offered actual and varied experience allowing me to gain application approval for the LEED AP exam the day I received my attestation letter. Thanks!"
Bonita Springs, FL
"My application for the LEED BD+C exam was approved within a day of submitting my letter of completion from the Professional Project Experience Program. Thanks a lot for your guidance and help throughout the program! In many respects, the knowledge and real-world project experience I gained from participating in your program may be more important than the exam itself."
"I earned the required experience for LEED AP exam from Green Buildings Online. That was a great program. "
"I would like to thank you for the course you offering. I purchased for the GreenStep LEED Green Associate Exam "Speed" Study Pack with Video and have spent a month to study the materials. I got 194 passing score for my LEED GA exam. Please let me know which study materials i should purchase from your course for me preparing the LEED AP."
"The Greenstep course is an amazing avenue to success for anyone wishing to take the LEED Green Associate exam. I passed with a score of 194 my first time sitting the exam.""
"The project experience and review sessions were essential to getting an understanding of the intricacies of the LEED project process and determining credits. The online sessions were direct and very helpful. The implementation of the LinkedIn discussion group is a great idea and one that I think I will begin to use more as time goes on. I think anything that can help broaden the LEED community and the ability to connect will help those, like me, who are new to LEED and looking to grow within it."
"Thank you so very much, I had taken the LEED AP exam in June 2009 just once at it's last days of the program, but never experienced what I learned from the project experience. I think it is such a brilliant idea, given a chance to experience the program. since I did not pass it then, this time I think I am suppose to take the green associate first. which without your project experience program would never be able to do. My goal is to go all the way to LEED AP after the associate and hopefully find a full time job where I can practice for many years to come..."
"This is just to let you know that I passed the exam. I wanted some more info on the other courses. Let me know soonest."
"Thanks for the experience program, I really enjoyed it and look forward to my future career as a LEED AP."
"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you again for this great effort and support you are giving us in our professional careers. The course was very helpful and complete, as well as easy to digest and memorize. We wish all the others good luck and success on their testing dates."
Armando & Francesca