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Learn how employers, including Turner Construction, view the value of having LEED Green Associates on staff.

Give your green building resume a boost by earning your LEED Green Associate credential.

LEED Green Associates are specialists in today’s sustainable building standards and principles, including LEED, life cycle assessment and integrative design. The test is an opportunity for all individuals to distinguish their expertise and signal their commitment to environmentally responsible design and development.

Tens of thousands of professionals have earned their LEED Green Associate credential to help advance their careers. Here are three reasons you should, too.

1. Green jobs are in demand.

It’s no secret that green building is on the rise. By 2018, the industry is anticipated to account for more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs, according to the 2015 Green Building Economic Impact study. Annual green construction spending is projected to reach $224.4 billion in 2018, up from $150.6 billion in 2015.

With the upswing in green jobs, employers are looking to hire qualified staff fluent in today’s sustainability methodology and practices—and passing your LEED Green Associate exam puts you in that category, by verifying your green building expertise and LEED knowledge.

For Turner Construction Company, having LEED Green Associates on staff is valuable in helping them ensure that LEED project requirements are met and win additional business, says Michael Deane, the company’s chief sustainability officer.

“Our clients and prospective clients recognize it as the premier [credential] in the industry, and we know that being able to deploy Green Associates on all our LEED projects helps us win work and helps us execute work,” Deane says. “It is Turner policy to have LEED [credentialed] staff on every LEED project, because we know they will ensure that the LEED project requirements are fulfilled.”

2. Studying for the LEED Green Associate exam helps build your sustainability knowledge.

If you’re fairly new to green building, studying for the LEED Green Associate exam is a great way to immerse yourself in the subject matter and gain proficiency across a wide range of sustainability topics, including transportation, energy, water and air quality.

Several of our USGBC staff in the Marketing and Communications Department took the test to help them produce stronger, more engaging LEED content. Hear from our staff about how earning a LEED Green Associate credential improved their content strategy and workflow:

Turner currently has more than 1,300 LEED professionals on payroll, including over 500 LEED Green Associates. The company encourages all new hires to earn their credential, if they haven’t already.

“We find it valuable in providing a broad, fundamental knowledge of sustainability concepts for the built environment,” Deane said.

3. Earning your credential connects you to an international network of sustainability advocates.

Green building is global, and when you earn your LEED Green Associate credential, you join a network of professionals worldwide dedicated to better building that gives us brighter, healthier spaces to live, work and play.

There are no eligibility requirements to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam. The test is available to all age groups, including college and high school students. USGBC recently announced that students can take the test at a discounted rate of $100.

In addition to English, the LEED Green Associate exam also is available in eight other languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

Register for the exam

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