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Registration Opens for Two New LEED Credentials

The Green Building Certification Institute opened registration today for the exams to attain the new LEED Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional Operation and Maintenance credentials.

The credential for LEED Green Associate is designed for professionals with demonstrable green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice as well as general knowledge and skills in green design, construction and operations, according to the GBCI, which administers the credentialing process for the U.S. Green Building Council.

The LEED Green Associate credential is the new first step for professionals who wish to become a LEED Accredited Professional.

The LEED Accredited Professional Operation and Maintenance Credential, rendered in GBCI shorthand as LEED AP O+M, is for professionals with advanced knowledge in green building practices as well as specialized expertise in building operations and maintenance.

The operation and maintenance credential aligns with requirements contained in the new LEED 2009 rating system, which launches April 27.

To obtain a LEED AP O+M credential, candidates must first pass the the LEED Green Associate exam to demonstrate general knowledge, and then take and pass the exam that tests for expertise in operations and maintenance. The two-step process is new.

More information about the LEED credentialing programs is available at

The deadline to register for LEED AP accreditation under the earlier LEED parameters was April 1. Nearly as many people signed up for it in the week before the deadline as had registered since that exam's inception.

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