GBCI improves Credential Maintenance Program

About a week ago, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced that it will be making “improvements” to the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) throughout 2011. The first improvement that they announced was that CE hours that are input into the online self-reporting form will now be reviewed and “pre-approved” within 48 hours of entry. Previously, entered hours were simply marked with “under-review” indefinitely, purportedly until your CMP reporting period ended. I just went into the “my credentials” page on GBCI’s website and, sure enough, all of the hours that I had previously entered are now marked as “pre-approved”. According to GBCI’s announcement, this pre-approval will be granted as long as additional information is not needed on the entry and will stand until the end of your credential maintenance reporting period at which time your hours could still be audited. I also went ahead and submitted a few more CE hours this morning to see if they really will be reviewed withing the 48 hours the announcement claims.

I do see this as a big improvement, as prior to this process being initiated it seemed that entered hours were simply stuck in some sort of CE limbo, always being “under review.” I hope that other improvements may be coming soon as well, especially some simplification of the seemingly over burdensome number of “delivery methods” and the hard to track caps on how many hours can be earned in each method. What changes or “improvements” would you like to see made to the CMP system?


5 thoughts on “GBCI improves Credential Maintenance Program

  1. well I think it is very bad that they made it only apply to new AP+ members.. “legacy” APs may especially need the CE more than new ones, especially as it is common knowledge the tests just keep getting more difficult even as they fragment. I know, CE is not what you or other “legacy” APs signed up for, but it really wasn’t what any of us that held off or could not afford to get LEED accrediated wanted or signed up for either, much like the ever increasing state board CE push propogated by the AIA and the marketers that sponsor their CE system. Furthermore, it pains me to no end that the USGBC again starts something before it is ready for primetime, but still expects people to follow it, as it evolves over and over and over again.


  2. Allison, GBCI has further updated the CMP program. The new 2011 CMP guide was uploaded in mid-late January without any fanfare, check it out here:

    The most significant change (apart from making it a fair bit easier to read) is the earning of “LEED Specific” hours, of which all AP’s have to get 6 per specialty.

    Previously there were only three paths to these hours: ERB-approved; and the USGBC seemed particularly reluctant to apply the label to any of the free webinars on their course catalog… Authorship… or significant LEED project participation.

    NOW, you can gain LEED Specific credit from almost all of the categories, you can even get up to 5 hours from “Self Study” if you read a referenced standard or a LEED rating system/reference guide.

    This will make earning hours a little easier, and certainly cheaper, for most people, especially those with no active LEED projects going on!


  3. Great article, Allison. GBCI has updated the program again, and simplified the types of activities that are allowed. Plus, the got rid of the topic “matrix” – now continuing education can just be related to green building and/or LEED. I’d recommend finding free ways to earn continuing education hours – it’s bad enough that we have to pay $50 to keep the credential, so might as well save on the education! Check out my list of free options here:


  4. Thanks for this excellent article, Allison! It’s great that GBCI simplified the system – it was very confusing. It’s too bad that “Self Study” was cut (simply reading the rating systems used to count), but overall it’s a big improvement. Trev, great info about the LEED-specific hours.

    Also, I’d recommend this list of 75 options for LEED continuing education, sorted into these 4 new categories:


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