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?