USGBC is operating on a timeline to roll out LEED v4, during which time we will transition away from LEED 2009 rating systems to the new, improved rating systems, named “v4”, in November 2013.
To ease the transition from LEED 2009, there will be a time period (between November and 2015) during which project teams can choose either v2009 or v4. Eventually LEED v4 will become the mandatory rating system for all projects. USGBC is rolling out three new webinar series to educate green building professionals on the new features in LEED v4.
Each webinar is one hour long and is registered with GBCI for 1 LEED-specific continuing education hour. It is specific to all specialties, meaning that any LEED AP can use these courses toward their LEED-specific hours. This may be a no brainer for some LEED professionals, because not only is it a free continuing education opportunity, but also because it will contain important information for professionals who work with green building and LEED in their careers.
Coming Up! More LEED v4 Webinars
- “Rating System Review for BD+C” and
- “Rating System Review for O+M”.
Each series will contain 5 webinars, which will help professionals understand the changes in the Building Design+Construction and Operations+Maintenance rating systems. While USGBC did not indicate whether or not these series would be free, we imagine that they will also be available as GBCI-approved LEED-specific continuing education hours.
USGBC is very keen on educating professionals on the LEED v4 changes, so we expect lots of continuing education opportunities from them during this transitional period.
In addition to these webinars, USGBC has promised a number of educational LEED v4 events at the 2013 Greenbuild conference, held in Philadelphia from November 20th-22nd. According to USGBC, there will be over 100 sessions at the conference that are GBCI-approved for continuing education. They have said that they will be rolling out information about LEED v4 and the updated professional credentials at the conference, so we believe that many of these sessions will be v4-themed as well.
When Will Continuing Education Requirements Change?
The fact that USGBC is beginning to roll out v4-based continuing education (along with information about the new LEED v4 credentials) makes us wonder when it will require all LEED-specific continuing education to be based on LEED v4, rather than v2009.
So far, we know that the current LEED credential exams will be available until at least the end of Quarter 1 of 2014, though the new exams will likely be released at Greenbuild. While there are expected to be changes on the exams, it is not expected that the structure of the credentials (LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty) will change.
Our guess is that LEED professionals have until at least the end of Quarter 1 of 2014 to use v2009-based continuing education to meet their CMP requirements. We’d recommend reporting your hours routinely until then, just so that your v2009 hours are logged before any major change. Until then, stay tuned for more information on continuing education updates on cehours.com!
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