What are Rating System-specific CE hours?
Rating System-specific CE hours are continuing education hours earned from doing activities that are specific to a rating system (e.g., LEED Green Associates and LEED APs with specialty must take LEED-specific courses in order to fulfill LEED-specific CE hours, SITES APs must take SITES-specific courses in order to fulfill SITES-specific CE hours, and WELL APs must take WELL-specific courses in order to fulfill WELL-specific CE hours.).
The intent of rating system CE hours is to continue to ensure that the credential holder is knowledgeable in the current version of the rating system they are certified under. Rating system specific activities have an explicit connection to the Prerequisites, Credits, (LEED and/or SITES) Concepts, or Features (WELL) of a given rating system.
How to earn Rating System-specific CE hours
Rating system specific CE hours can be earned through any of the different activity types allowed in the Credential Maintenance system.
Project work. Work done on a project registered under the rating system associated with a person’s credential is always LEED-specific. For example, a WELL AP working on a WELL project can report their one CE hour per Feature worked on as WELL-specific. Work done on a project registered under a different rating system than the one associated with a person’s credential must be reported as general CE. A WELL AP working on a LEED project could only count that one CE hour per credit as general CE hours.
Volunteering. Volunteering can be rating system-specific if the volunteer work is directly related to technical content (time spent volunteering on a LEED Technical Advisory Group would be considered LEED-specific for a LEED credential holder).
Technical writing. Authorship can be considered rating system specific if it is directly related to technical content for the rating system associated with the person’s credential.
Educational courses. When it comes to education, only courses approved as rating system-specific by GBCI can contribute to a credential holder’s rating system-specific CE requirements. Any course approved as rating system-specific will show up in the associated course catalog with a logo designating the rating system it is specific to. The requirements for a course to be approved as rating system-specific are given in the GBCI Continuing Education Course Review Criteria.
Maintaining your professional credential
If you are a LEED AP with specialty, SITES AP, or WELL AP six of your 30 continuing education hours must be rating system-specific to your specialty or credential. If you are a LEED Green Associate, three (3) of your required 15 continuing education hours must be LEED-specific to any of the LEED rating systems. SITES-specific and/or WELL-specific CE hours cannot be counted as rating system-specific for LEED Green Associates.
- When does my continuing education reporting period begin and end?
- Are there enough hours in the Education @USGBC subscription to fulfill maintenance requirements for a LEED credential?
- What are continuing education or credential maintenance hours?
- What happens if I do not complete my continuing education requirements?
- How can I request an extension to my current CMP reporting period?
- How do I self-report CE hours?
- What is the cost for credential maintenance renewal?
- Can I count the same course for Continuing Education Credit multiple times?
- How do I maintain multiple LEED credentials?
- What if I have more than one specialty credential, how much is my credential renewal?
- Where can I find my GBCI number?
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