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Learn about courses and upcoming events that can help you earn CE credits.

LEED APs with specialty are leaders in the field of green building design, construction and operation. Every day, they use their knowledge about emerging technologies, current industry research and environmental trends.

However, LEED APs must maintain their credentials and expertise by earning continuing education (CE) hours. Six of the required 30 CE hours must be specific to the specialty, and all must be earned within two years of obtaining the credential.

CE hours can be earned in a variety of ways:

1. LEED project participation

If you are working on a project registered for LEED certification under the rating system of your specialty credential, the work counts for one CE hour per credit or feature. Project administrators can claim an additional 2 CE hours per project. Simulated project participation done through education programs does not count toward CE hours.

2. Online courses

Taking courses on our Education @USGBC platform is an easy way to keep up with the latest developments in green building and in your LEED rating system specialty. You can filter for courses that are approved for your credential in our curated playlists:

3. Events

USGBC and its local communities regularly host regional conferences, seminars and workshops that are GBCI-approved for CE credits. Mark your calendar with these upcoming events taking place across the U.S.:

Greenbuild Chicago

When: November 16–18
Where: Chicago, Illinois

Greenbuild 2018 is the premier event for green building professionals worldwide. Held also in China, India and Mexico, the U.S. version of Greenbuild will be held in Chicago at McCormick Place. At the event, you can learn from industry leaders about the latest in LEED and sustainability research, gaining CE credits along the way. Numerous education sessions, workshops and tours bring you opportunities to stay current with what's happening in the world of green building.

Learn more about continuing education opportunities at Greenbuild in Chicago and register for the conference.


When: Wed., August 1
San Francisco, California

Hosted by USGBC Northern California, the annual GreenerBuilder event is a one-day conference and expo for green building professionals and key players in greening Northern California’s built environment. Architects, engineers and contractors will meet to discuss the strategies that will create a more sustainable future in the Pacific region.

For your CE credits, you can choose among seven session tracks in the conference's educational offerings, exploring the latest LEED innovations, such as LEED v4.1, the performance-based platform Arc and LEED for Cities, as well as topics related to CALGreen building code updates, net zero energy, affordable housing, climate change, resiliency and public health.

Register for GreenerBuilder.

LEED O+M Master Class: Sustainable Waste Management and Sustainable Purchasing Policies and Programs

When: Tues., June 26, 12–1 p.m.
Where: USGBC headquarters, board room, 2101 L Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Hosted by USGBC National Capital Region, this brown bag learning event will earn LEED AP O+M professionals and LEED Green Associates one hour of CE credit.

Learn from David Troust, Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Services and Principal with Great Forest Inc., about best practices in sustainable waste management and sustainable purchasing. The program will cover proper identification of materials, preparation and separation of recyclables, accurate waste diversion rate calculations and waste stream audits. Also discussed will be the Chinese “Green Fence” and how the recent changes to China’s commodity's market regulations have affected the U.S. recycling industry.

Register for the master class.

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