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Education @USGBC subscription

Subscribe to Education @USGBC to enjoy one year of unlimited access to our simple to use platform for sustainability and green building education, with courses designed by the world’s leading educators.
Price: $199.00
Average: 4.9 (20 votes)
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Subscribe today to enjoy one year of unlimited access to Education @USGBC.

Access best-in-class sustainability and green building education to grow your knowledge and fulfill continuing education for LEED credentials, AIA, and others.

An annual subscription to Education @USGBC includes:

  • the LEED v4 web-based reference guide
  • ability to learn anytime from anywhere in the world, with online and offline components
  • content in eight languages that is regularly updated and refreshed by partners
  • ability to fulfill continuing education requirements for all LEED credentials
  • streamlined CE reporting experience with automated CE hour reporting to GBCI and AIA

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Civil Engineer, International Asset Plus

Hi there, i am a civil engineer from Greece and i am interested to get certified in LEED AP BC + C.
I would like to suggest me, if it's possible, any online courses or other ways to get prepared for the exams.
Thanks a lot!

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Dimitris, thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED professional. The first step in becoming LEED AP BD + C certified is to take the LEED Green Associate exam. To prepare for the exam, we recommend starting with the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook, which you can download for free here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. You can download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button):http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-construction After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. Once you take and pass the LEED Green Associate exam you can elect to study for the LEED AP BD + C exam. For the LEED AP BD+C exam, I would recommend you consult and study all of the references in the LEED AP BD+C Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the test. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. Perhaps one of the best resources is the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design + Construction available for purchase here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-.... You can also find study guides here: http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications and online or in-person courses offered by some of our Education Partners here: http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.

Senior Architecture Engineer, PROGER

that is helpful information, thank you very much.

Hi there, I graduated as a landscape architect and I am looking to get certified in LEED, so what classes should I need to take? and which of the LEED certification best apply to me?
Thanks

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Rodrigo, thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED professional. The first step in becoming LEED certified is to take the LEED Green Associate exam. The LEED Green Associate exam tests your general knowledge of green building practices for both commercial and residential spaces and both new construction and existing buildings as well as how to support other professionals working on LEED projects. You should be aware of general credit pathways, specifically for the LEED Building Design + Construction rating system. To prepare for the exam, we recommend starting with the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook, which you can download for free here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-core-concepts-guide), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. You can download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button):http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-construction After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here: http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. Once you take and pass the LEED Green Associate exam you can elect to study for a LEED Specialty exam. You can learn more about the different specialties here: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. Click on the Prepare for your Exam link on any one of the specialties to find the correct study materials. I hope this helps get you started.

Civil Engineer, International Asset Plus

Thank you very much. The information are very enlightening.

Thank you Dawn, I do appreciated your time to respond to my question.

Geology Teaching Assistant, Northern Ill. University

Are there enough free courses to earn 15 CE credits or are we forced to subscribe for $200 every year?

Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Sonny, thank you for your question! There are many free classes offered through Education @USGBC, and these classes are constantly changing and evolving. A few general CE opportunities include:
• http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/introduction-edge-10011447 - 1 hour
• http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/introduction-well-building-standard-5821794 - 1 hour
• http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/getting-started-sustainable-sites-initiative-program-9930478 - .5 hours

There are also several free CE opportunities for all specialties, for example:
• http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/introduction-leed-v4 - 2 hours
• http://www.usgbc.org/education/sessions/leed-202-how-document-certify-projects-4671042 - 3 hours
 
In addition, each month this year, we are offering Education focused on specific LEED credit categories and access to free courses just for that month. The program information for the LEED v4 education suites can be found here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-v4-education-suites-sign-today

Lecturer, Nantong University

It helps! Thanks a lot!!

Can we got the CE hour of 15 Hour by attending the Education @USGBC courses if we are Green Associate .

Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Hello Chee Wee Tan, taking Education @USGBC is a great way to fulfill your LEED Green Associate CE hours. The LEED Green Associate credential requires you to have 15 CE hours, 3 of which need to be LEED specific. All Education @USGBC courses have an icon that shows if the course is LEED specific for LEED Green Associate, LEED AP BD+C, etc. Please review the CMP guide for more details on maintaining your credential: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/cmp-guide

Project Director, Fortna

You pay and it does not let you access the courses... Be wary of what you are buying... This is very disappointing...

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

My apologies that you had difficulty accessing a course with your Education@USGBC subscription. I did see you were able to find and utilize enough courses to renew your LEED credentials which is wonderful. Please let me know if I can be of assistance or if you have question regarding a particular course and its relationship with your subscription.

Palmal Group
5

Education subscription fee should be reduce for developing country.

Lecturer, Nantong University

Cannot agree anymore. :)

Green Building Specialist, MSc, SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM

Indeed great benefits!

Architect, Qatar Green Leaders
5

Great.

Great to hear that news :)

Student
5

It 's very good. Thanks.

Product Manager - Construction Workflow Solutions, ARC Document Solutions

Education @ USGBC is the best way to learn everything LEED related and also keep up with what's going on with the parts of the world when it comes to sustainability topics. The team has done a great way to get all of the education providers in one site. Before, I had to search the web for topics and trainings that interest me. Now, I can go to one site and I know all sessions have been reviewed and got an approval from the USGBC team. Education @ USGBC is a definite must for everyone who's looking to get accredited or even to just keep up with the changes in construction and design processes, techniques, and technologies.

Project Engineer, BJ Perch Construction, Inc.
Pro Reviewer
5

Education @ USGBC provides a great variety of topics that range from basic comprehension to advanced comprehension. Courses are easy to follow along with and are assured to be relevant to the mission of USGBC. Aside from advancing your knowledge in green building the best part of completing a course is that course's CE hours are automatically reported to GBCI.

Architect, Hastings Architecture Associates, LLC
Pro Reviewer
5

Education @ USGBC is a great value compared to other on-line CEU providers. The wide variety of topics, new courses and the ease of access to the content make this my go-to platform to maintain my credentials. I especially enjoy watching presentations from USGBC chapters that are outside of my region. Seeing examples of projects, successes and lessons learned, as well as keeping up with the topics concerning others across the country is very important to me.

B. Arch./Project Designer/ Intl. Assoc. AIA, AVO/Freelance
5

Siento que he aprendido bastante con estos cursos para la obtención de una certificación de LEED que en español, se traduce como Liderazgo en Diseño de Energía & Ambiente a través del internet. Además de inglés y otros idiomas, hay cursos en perfecto español; como lo fue el de “Control de Erosión en Zonas Tropicales”. Estos cursos además de ser directos, son amenos, sencillos, sin perder el profesionalismo. Nos dan el entendimiento que muchas veces necesitamos, no solamente como arquitectos, ingenieros, constructores, sino que también como “comunidad que somos” para ayudarnos a concientizar la forma de cómo tratar a nuestro planeta Tierra de forma sostenible.

Director Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions
5

Our teams are strongly encouraged to obtain a LEED credential for their day to day work at ASSA ABLOY. As a Platinum member of the USGBC, we are able to enjoy and utilize many of the online educational programs in preparation for exams, and for overall knowledge of LEED and greening of built environments. I have found the educational programs to be invaluable and my colleagues would agree!

Executive Director, USGBC Florida Chapter

The USGBC South Florida, Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Capital Region Chapters have each offered the USGBC platform for green-building education for the past 18 months, and attendee reviews of the CE-driven webcasts have been extremely positive. From a Chapter administrative standpoint, it is a simple-to-use platform with a strong (and getting stronger) selection of high-quality education presentations.

Principal, Architecture Operations D.P.C.

Continuing Education hours for LEED and architecture license requirements are often seen as additional work to busy professionals in the building industry. CE Hours are often difficult to obtain, account, and track. I am very impressed by the subscription service offered by the USGBC and the ease that it brings to the process of obtaining Continuing Education (CE) credits. There is a wide range of courses offerings under the subscription service and the interface for viewing the webinars and handouts is easy to use. Best of all the immediate evaluation of the quiz results and issuance of certificates of completion (in PDF format) assure that credit has been given for the work done. I was impressed to see that CE course credits appeared to my USGBC account within minutes of completing each course so that I could promptly track my CE progress. I have been under pressure during the past week to complete my lapsed CE hours outside of my working day hours and the ease of USGBC education interface made a huge difference in enabling me to meet my deadline before by LEED Green Associate credential expired.

I will be recommending your education subscription services it to other professionals seeking CE hours.

In order to maintain my LEED Green Associate accreditation, I recently spent a number of hours using the new USGBC Education portal to complete the Continuing Education requirement. My experience of the site overall was positive, I never felt lost or confused on the site which is of course a major goal for website usability. The site responds very quickly, pages load without any fuss making it easy to move around the site. I particularly enjoyed the layout of the course detail pages, which have a good balance of imagery, a sufficient but not excessive amount of descriptive text, and visual cues such as the rating system icons which helped me to quickly decide whether or not the course was relevant to me. All the course videos I watched performed very well, I never had to wait an excessive amount of time for the content to load or buffer.

HVAC Department Manager, Partner, Ring and DuChateau

We have been enrolled with multiple subscribers to Education@USGBC for a few years now, and it has been a valuable resource not only for fulfilling and managing the credential maintenance requirements for our LEED certified employees, but also as a source of information relative to the projects we are involved with. There is a diverse background of courses that are readily available, ranging from very broad to very specific topics. The staff at USGBC has also been great to work with in setting up our enrollments and making us aware of all that Education@USGBC has to offer.

Senior Sustainability Consultant, DCarbon
Pro Reviewer
5

Education @USGBC is highly recommended for anyone involved in the green building industry, regardless of their level of experience or background. Providing access to top quality educational courses contributes to effective continuing education on a great variety of sustainability topics. The inclusion in some courses of references to real case studies makes the experience of attending the courses even more valuable. The test at the end of each course effectively summarize critical knowledge gained throughout the course and the handouts in pdf format are very helpful for recalling useful information in the future.

Chief Environmental Officer, Alpenglow Advisory
Pro Reviewer
5

Subscribing to USGBC@Education delivers a wide range of high quality, LEED focused educational content. For the LEED novice, this is arguably the most valuable resource available, but even for seasoned professionals the subscription provides value by showing ways to incorporate sustainability into green building projects that one may have never considered or experienced. By tapping into its diverse network of field practitioners and Education Providers, the USGBC's unique position in the green building industry has facilitated the creation of an education resource that is not only relevant and reliable, but utilizes varied approaches and techniques to ensure viewers remain interested and receive a valuable take away.

LEED Consulting & Sustainable Interior Design, Project Coordinating Services, LLC
Pro Reviewer
5

If you've ever wanted a resource to get the latest information on sustainable design and construction, Education@USGBC is the place. For those that haven't tried it, there's no better way to "press the easy button" and access a wealth of information that can be utilized by beginners or seasoned professionals. One of my favorite courses was on lighting strategies. Most importantly, Education@USGBC is there for you to view and access at any time.

Vice President of Marketing, Product Development, and Design , ConTech Lighting
Pro Reviewer
5

Design, Construction, and Sustainability are all fields that are constantly changing. Education@USGBC is a single source from which you can get the latest information from all corners of these disciplines. From albedo to net zero and everything in between, there is a session that can provide you with new information. It is also a great resource to help grow your knowledge regardless of your level of practice, from beginner to expert, there is a session for you that can help you do your job or help you better understand those you are working with.

Senior Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Pro Reviewer
5

Education@USGBC is not only a great way to fulfill your continuing education requirements, but it also contains helpful information. As an example, I recently was working on a project concerning Energy Star for Multi-Family and came across a detailed presentation with several very useful handouts. I recommend Education@USGBC!

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