The CMP is a way to keep you updated on the latest changes to LEED every 2 years. It consists of continuing education credits, and a fee.
If you go for the LEED Green Associate exam, you’ll be required to pay a maintenance fee of $50 every two years. You will also be required to do 15 hours of continuing education every two years, with 3 hours obtained from an approved program specific to LEED updates.
If you’re attempting the LEED AP Specialty Exam, you’ll be required to pay a maintenance fee of $50 every two years. You will also be required to do 30 hours of continuing education every two years, with 6 hours obtained from an approved program specific to LEED updates.
If you have Multiple LEED Specialties, for example you are a LEED O+M and ID+C, you will be required to pay the $50 maintenance fee every two years, plus the same hourly requirements as above for the LEED AP Specialty (30 hours, 6 LEED-specific) + 6 LEED-specific hours for each Specialty you have after the first one. So if you are a LEED O+M & ID+C, you will be required 36 hours, 12 of which are LEED-Specific.
If you’re already a LEED AP from a previous version of the LEED exam (NCv2.2, CIv2.0, etc.), you will be required to pay a $50.00 maintenance fee every two years. However, you don’t have to start paying until June 2011. So essentially, your first round of CMP is free. Along with the fee, you’ll be required to do 30 hours of continuing education every two years, with 6 hours obtained from an approved program specific to the LEED Rating System, credit categories and LEED updates.
You will be able to report these hours online (at www.gbri.org > My Credentials) starting in November of 2009 – and it’s strictly based on the honor system. However, an unknown certain percentage of LEED professionals will be audited, so it’s vital that you remain truthful and honest and have the paperwork to back up the hours you input.
So what counts for Continuing Education (CE) hours?
There are a variety of activities that you can take to earn your hours (which again you must report every two years). They include:
- Live Presentations
- Self-Study Programs
- College and University Courses
- Certificates, Professional Licenses and Credentials
- Committee and Volunteer Work
- and LEED project participation
Please note that the GBCI will not award CE hours for activities intended as preparation for any exam!
Now, there are specific requirements regarding each of these activities, which is already neatly outlined for you in The Credentialing Maintenance Program Guide, which can be found on the CMP portion of the GBCI website here.
FAQs about your LEED credential:
- What EXACTLY is the Credential Maintenance Program for LEED?
- Should I take the LEED Green Associate exam, or a LEED AP specialty exam?
Green Associate Exam
- What is the LEED Green Associate exam about?
- What are the eligibility requirements to take the LEED Green Associate exam?
- How do I prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam?
- Can I take the Green Associate exam now, and take a specialty exam later?
LEED AP Specialty Exam
- What are the LEED AP specialty exams all about?
- What are the eligibility requirements to take a LEED AP specialty exams?
- What can I do if I’m not eligible to take a LEED specialty exam?
- How do I prepare for a LEED AP specialty exam?
- If I pass one exam track, can I work on projects being certified under a different rating system?