This can leave aspiring LEED APs stuck in the mud.
So, about 4 years ago, GreenStep created the first LEED Professional Project Experience Program to bridge this gap, giving professionals access to a real LEED project, 100% online. By participating in weekly webinars and submitting assignments, participants can earn their eligibility for the AP exam (and 10 hours of continuing education) in just 4 weeks.
During those 9.5 hours, a team of architects, builders, students and engineers “hacks” the project together to help it to earn LEED certification. The team reviews the rating system's credits and prerequisites and fills out the necessary documentation for the project to earn them. The team also also helps the builders run calculations, research pilot credits, receive demonstrations from a LEED Green Rater, and more. Basically, in just one day, a professional can get a great overview of how LEED works and provide real value to an actual certification project.
This is beneficial to the LEED project because in just one day, 75% of the LEED documentation will be covered, and the team will have a plan for moving forward with certification. Budget-strapped low income projects that participate in Hack-a-Thons have their registration fees waived, too.
Continuing Education and Other Perks
Plus, by working with other professionals all day, participants will have great networking opportunities with other architects, engineers, builders, students, etc.