Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
GREEN ADVANTAGE® TRAINING FAQ’S
Who is RD/GBE?
Resource Dynamics/Green Building Education is an organization primarily dedicated to providing education, training, and consulting services to personnel in all segments of the construction industry, facilities management operations and maintenance, state or local code officials, and municipal zoning planning departments to promote the adoption of practices in our communities that are more sustainable, economically viable, and life enriching.
What types of training does RD/GBE provide?
Types of Training
Who is the Green Advantage® Training for?
Many of our workshop attendees are architects, construction practitioners, contractors, subcontractors, trades people, managers, superintendents, foremen, project managers, sales and marketing product manufacturing representatives and home owners.
What are public, private or licensing workshops?
Public workshops may be hosted by a single organization or company, or by a combination of organizations or companies and are advertised to the general public. Private workshops may be sponsored by single organizations or companies, or by a combination thereof. Participation in private workshops is by invitation only. Licensing agreements for either public or private workshops may be arranged by contacting RD/GBE via email at email@example.com or by calling 215.428.9655.
Where are trainings and exams held?
Training is typically conducted at USGBC, ABC, AGC or private company training facilities. Companies, USGBC, ABC, AGC Chapters, and other interested organizations across the country can schedule official training workshops and a Green Advantage® certification exam by contacting Resource Dynamics /Green Building Education.
How long is the training?
Training takes place over a period of 9 hours and is usually scheduled in one day. Upon arrival to training, you will be furnished with a workbook. Upon completion of training, you will have an opportunity to prepare for your Green Advantage Exam – usually scheduled within one week from training.
Can training be specialized and tailored to meet the specific needs of my organization?
Yes, training workshops can be customized to meet the specific needs of your business or organization. Speak to a Program Manager today at 215-428-9655.
How was the RD/GBE Green Advantage® program developed?
The training program was developed through a partnership between Green Advantage® and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC). Green Advantage® created and administers the Green Advantage® Certification Program. DVGBC, located in Philadelphia, is an active Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and includes many construction professionals on its board of directors and executive committees.
What is RD/GBE’s relationship with the USGBC?
RD/GBE is recognized as an education provider by the USGBC.
What are the benefits of training & certification?
This is an engaging and interactive training program that educates building-related practitioners about green building techniques and approaches, and certification helps demonstrate your expertise in the growing marketplace for green buildings. Qualified construction teams may also qualify for a LEED® Innovation Credit.
Does the training qualify for CEU credit?
Yes. The program is recognized by a number of organizations – reporting form to come. Many organizations will accept a self- reporting form. RD/GBE will provide any documentation required for self reporting.
How much lead time is required to book a workshop?
90 days is preferable so that appropriate promotion and marketing can occur to ensure the workkshop fills, though workshop s can be delivered in a shorter timeframe. A deposit is required 30 days prior to the workshop date.
How do I become a faculty member?
Periodically, RD/GBE will do a call for faculty and post a notice on our website. Please monitor if you have an interest.
GREEN ADVANTAGE® TRAINING FAQ’S
What is Green Advantage®?
Green Advantage® (GA) is an environmental certification for building-related practitioners - primarily contractors, subcontractors and trades people. Architects, engineers, developers, property owners, realtors, estimators, code officials, planners, and others also become GA Certified. Certified individuals have successfully passed the Green Advantage® Certification Exam, demonstrating their knowledge of current green building principles, materials, and techniques. An exam is required and certification is tied to an individual, not a company or organization.
Because the green building field is rapidly changing, candidates may be required to pass a Re-certification Exam every three years in order to remain Green Advantage® Certified. You can learn more about Green Advantage® by visiting the website at www.greenadvantage.org.
What are the types of Green Advantage® certification offered?
Green Advantage® (GA) now offers two independent certification exam options – the GA Certified Associate Exam™ - awarding the GACA™ designation - and the GA Certified Practitioner Exam™- awarding the GACP™ designation.
GA Certified Associate™: The GACA Exam™ focuses on basic construction field principles, means, and methods that help ensure successful green building projects. Candidates for GACA™ certification are responsible for understanding the application of over 200 green building best practices. The exam emphasizes meeting and exceeding green project goals related to building performance, worker and occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs.
The GACA™ designation is valuable for tradespeople who wish to demonstrate their capability in green construction. The target audience for the GACA Exam™ also includes apprentices, construction students, and entry-level construction workers. The GACA™ designation is a qualifying credential for the GAFPS GA 3030 Construction Specification Standard (toward required GA Certified personnel percentage totals).
GA Certified Practitioner™: The GACP Exam™ focuses on green building field principles, means, and methods that help ensure successful green building projects and reduce risks associated with green building. Candidates for GACP™ certification are responsible for understanding the application of over 600 green building best practices. The exam emphasizes meeting and exceeding green project goals related to building performance, worker and occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs. The GACP™ designation is valuable for construction supervisory personnel who wish to demonstrate their capability in green construction. The target audience for the GACP Exam™ also includes architects, engineers, code officials, and advanced students. The GACP™ designation is a qualifying credential for the GAFPS GA30 Construction Specification Standard, the GAFPS 3030 Construction Specification Standard, and the LEED Innovation Credit (toward required GA Certified personnel percentage totals).
For more details visit: http://greenadvantage.org/about-ga-certification
Why Get Green Advantage® Certified?
- To learn about the core principles behind sustainability
- Integrate green practices into the construction process
- Strengthen your LEED building team
- Obtain LEED Innovation Credit
- Increase your market share
What is RD/GBE’s relationship with Green Advantage®?
RD/GBE is the education provider that administers green building training to prepare individuals for the Green Advantage Exam. Green Advantage® is the organization that administers the Green Advantage® exams.
What is Green Advantage’s history?
Launched with funding from a US Environmental Protection Agency grant, Green Advantage® is the result of collaboration between the Nature Conservancy, Science Applications International Corporation, and the University of Florida. As a result of successful piloting and the work of scores of professionals assisting in the development of curricula, training and Exams, over 4,000 building-related practitioners have taken the Green Advantage® Certification Exam.
What is Green Advantage’s relationship with USGBC and LEED®?
The Green Advantage® training program and certification is complementary to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program in two ways. First, RD/GBE training program is recognized as a USGBC Educational Training Preferred Provider, and second, projects that are registered for LEED certification that have 30% of their supervisory staff Green Advantage® Certified may qualify for a LEED Innovation Credit.
What is LEED?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
What is the difference between Green Advantage® Certification and LEED® Accreditation?
According to the USGBC, " LEED® Professional Accreditation distinguishes individuals with detailed
knowledge of LEED® project certification requirements and processes and a command of integrated design principles. LEED® accreditation is awarded to building industry practitioners who successfully demonstrate these proficiencies on a comprehensive exam." The USGBC encourages its members to become LEED®-Accredited Professionals (LEED-AP).
Green Advantage® Certification is a non-competitive, complementary offering to LEED® Accreditation. Intended primarily for individuals working within the construction industry - such as contractors, subcontractors and tradespeople, Green Advantage® Certification is recommended as an additional offering for developers, architects, engineers and designers who wish to be both LEED® Accredited and Green Advantage® Certified. Green Advantage® is not affiliated with any LEED® products or trainings. Professionals interested in LEED® Accreditation or training should look for classes that are specifically sanctioned by the USGBC for that purpose.
How can Green Advantage® Certification help my project attain LEED® Certification?
A LEED® Innovation Credit has been granted if a significant percentage of a commercial project's supervisory force is Green Advantage® Certified prior to the commencement of construction.
What are the benefits of passing the Green Advantage Exam to attain the Certification?
As a Green Advantage® Certified Practitioner you will enjoy a variety of benefits; these include:
- Third-party, national recognition for demonstrating your knowledge in green building;
- Use of the GA signifier after your name on your business card and correspondence;
- Helping to qualify the workforce on a building seeking LEED® Certification to become eligible for a LEED® Innovation Credit;
- Become a more valuable Green Building project partner;
- Depending on the project, compliance with requirements or preferences specified by the owner, developer or the architect;
- Depending upon your company’s policy, fulfillment of organizational requirements or incentives;
- Receipt of a GA Certificate, suitable for framing; and,
- Listing of your name and contact information on the GA website
How does a candidate prepare for the Exam?
Most people taking the Green Advantage® Exam prepare for it by taking training authorized by Green
Advantage®. Candidates who wish to take the authorized Resource Dynamics/Green Building Education training can log onto the Green Building Education website to register for scheduled trainings at www.greenbuildinged.com. Applicants taking authorized training can take the Exam open book.
How do I register for the Green Advantage Exam?
Registration for the Green Advantage Exam must be done through the Green Advantage website: www.greenadvantage.org. The exam can be scheduled at testing locations throughout the country. For private workshops or groups that would like to schedule a group exam, this can arranged through Green Advantage. Please contact them directly to make arrangements.
How long is the Green Advantage® Exam, how much time do I have to complete it
and is the Exam proctored?
Candidates have 90 minutes to complete the 60 question Exam. All Exams are proctored.
Does the Green Advantage® Certification expire?
In order to maintain an official certification, at present, practitioners will need to take the Green
Advantage® Certification Exam once every three years. Currently, these requirements are under review and may change.
If I pass the Green Advantage® Exam, how is my name and contact information
listed and how do I update it?
Those individuals passing the Exam have their name, company name, city, state, phone, fax, email
and website listed on the GA website. Changes to the listed information can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does Green Advantage® guarantee the integrity of the Certification process?
Candidates taking the paper/pencil version or electronic version of the Exam must do so during an
authorized, proctored testing session. A photo ID is required in order to confirm the identity of anyone sitting for the Exam. The proctor will verify the individual's identification at the beginning of the Exam, and when completed, the proctor will place the Exam in a sealed envelope that will be sent to the Green Advantage® for scoring.