LEED Green Associate Exam Prepares you For a Greener Building Career

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Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification will set you apart from other professionals in the building industry. LEED certified professionals have participated in a number of courses to gain a better understanding of the green building industry, why and how it works, and why it is so important. Becoming a LEED certified professional will show that you care about the impact green building will have on sustainability, and greener building practices. Getting LEED certification may seem like a time consuming task that you will have to sacrifice your days for. This is definitely not the case. All of the courses you need to become a LEED accredited professional are available online. You can study and learn on your own time and at your own pace. Studying for your LEED exam doesn't have to get in the way of your other commitments. All of the resources you need to get you started, and studying can be found on the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) website.
Online courses
LEED learning opportunities are available for national members, Chapter members and non-members to purchase and participate in online. Having this flexibility in your pursuit of higher education is a definite asset. Courses that are available to participate in online include:
  • Building Better Communities – This course will introduce you to the core concepts of green building and the various stages of the rating system.
  • Green Building Materials – What to Consider – In this course you will learn how to choose green material, and the benefits of using this material.
  • Green Economics, Parts 1 and 2- In this course, the cost benefits of green building will be discussed. Does it pay to go green? This question will be discussed as well as the energy savings versus initial costs are measured. In Part 2 of the course such things as getting better prices on green material, and how to find and apply for any applicable grants or green initiatives will be discussed.
  • Introduction to Regenerative Design – This course takes a look at the damage that has been done in the past involving building. It discusses what can be done with available resources to achieve regenerative design. This is a one hour on demand course, and it is available to be completed for 12 months after purchase.
  • LEED Canada Technical Review – This course give you the knowledge and credentials to work on a LEED AP BD+C project. This course is beneficial to anyone that wants to build their knowledge of green building, and learn the most current LEED rating system. This online, on demand course is five and a half hours long. Each module contains downloadable files and practice questions to test your knowledge.
The list of available online, on demand courses can be found on the CaGBC website, along with prices and availability. The ability to take courses, and become involved in webinars from the comfort of your own home is a valuable convenience. The need for green building is increasing as more people become involved in the green movement. Keeping your skills and knowledge current is easier than ever when you enroll in online learning.
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