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June 7, 2011 -
Today's tip is about how time is running out on LEED Accredited Professionals declaring a specialty to the credential for free.
As you may know, the Green Building Certification Institute now offers specializations for its signature LEED AP credential. The five specializations are Building Design and Construction, Operations and Maintenance, Interior Design and Construction, Neighborhoods and Homes.
When the specialty track was introduced in 2009, existing LEED APs were given a two-year window to add the specialty. That deadline is August of 2011.
Current LEED APs can still declare a specialty for free until that deadline. Once the specialty is declared, LEED APs must complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years to maintain that specialty. If they don’t, they'll revert back to the original LEED AP status.
If you're not currently a LEED AP, but would like to be, you must pass a test in your designated specialty, and also complete the credential maintenance requirements every two years.
For more information on the LEED AP specialties, as well as the approaching deadline, please visit www.gbci.org.