GreenStep LEED Project Experience Program


LEED Project ExperienceJoin individuals from over 40 countries who have chosen the GreenStep LEED Professional Project Experience Program. Through this unique four week program, LEED AP and LEED Green Associate candidates can work on a LEED project from virtually anywhere, gain valuable work experience and fulfill their eligibility to become a LEED AP. 

This is a four week program is conducted via live online interactive webinar, and meets once per week for four weeks, at 5:30 PM (Pacific Time).  Each session lasts approximately 1.5 hours.  Choose your start date from the choices above.  This program fulfills eligibility for the following LEED exams:

  • LEED AP Homes

LEED Exam Preparation:

LEED Professional Project Experience Program participants will gain important exposure to, and a greater understanding of, the LEED certification process, which will help in passing the LEED AP and/or LEED Green Associate exams.

The Program includes everything you need to prepare for and pass the LEED AP or LEED Green Associate exam. Each participant receives access to a comprehensive "All-in-One" LEED study package that includes the GreenStep Study Guide and Workbook, 200 exam simulator questions with feedback, plus a FREE 100 question bonus exam. Choose one of the following, which are included with your enrollment:

Program Overview

Alex Spilger, LEED AP, is the project team leader.  Alex is the founder of GreenStep and Director of Sustainability for Cassidy & Turley and has worked for on LEED projects for companies such as Twitter, AirBnB, Google, Salesforce.com, Skype and many others to help them design pioneering, sustainability projects and meet their green building objectives. As a team member you will go beyond the basics, engage the project concepts and gain a deeper understanding of LEED and sustainability.

This program is designed for green building professionals who want to learn about cutting-edge LEED project techniques. The program is ideal for individuals who, due to geographic or other constraints, do not have access to an in-person LEED project. Each participant gets involved with LEED Online, learns to track specific credits and prerequisites and contributes in a material way to the project's process.

Project team members will get involved with prerequisites and credits, and engage in ways that may include performing credit calculations, evaluating costs, drafting Credit Interpretation Requests (CIR), troubleshooting potential setbacks and analyzing energy model reports in the following major LEED credit categories:

  1. Sustainable Sites
  2. Water Efficiency
  3. Energy & Atmosphere
  4. Materials & Resources
  5. Indoor Environmental Quality
  6. Innovation in Design

This program qualifies for 5 LEED-specific and 5 LEED-non-specific (10 total) GBCI continuing education units (CEUs). The program also qualifies for 10 AIA credits.

LEED 2009 vs. LEED v4:

The USGBC has committed to continually updating the LEED Rating Systems every few years to adopt to new technologies, streamline the Certification process and increase the level of standards that projects must meet for each Certification level. The latest update to the LEED Rating Systems is LEED version 4 which launched in November 2013 and includes significant changes from LEED v2009.

While LEED v4 is officially up and running, LEED v2009 still remains current, relevant and widely popular. Projects will be able to continue to register under LEED v2009 through mid-2015 which means that LEED v2009 will likely remain relevant through 2017 and beyond for projects with longer schedules.

Most of the clients we are currently working with have opted to register their projects under LEED v2009, rather than LEED v4, since it is the more established Rating System and since the industry has not yet fully adapted to meet specific LEED v4 criteria for certain Credits. Furthermore, the LEED AP Exams will still be based on the LEED v2009 Rating Systems through May 2013 at which point they will switch over to LEED v4. As such, we will continue to use LEED v2009 projects for our LEED Professional Project Experience Program until we see a more widespread adoption of the new LEED v4 system. As part of our program, we will compare and contrast LEED v2009 with LEED v4 so that project participants have a working knowledge of both systems moving forward.

Continuing Education:

GBCI CMP: Depending on your specialty, earn up to 15 Continuing Education Units (10 LEED-specific and 5 LEED non-specific) for participation in the Program. During the program project participants will complete a minimum of 5 hours of LEED Reference Guide Review as well as 10 LEED Prerequisites and/or Credits, the specifics of which may alternate depending on the project. These Prerequisites and Credits may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Minimum Indoor Water Efficiency
• Water Efficient Landscaping
• Indoor Water Use Reduction
• Innovative Wastewater Technologies
• Stormwater Management
• Site Development, Open Space
• Heat Island, Non-Roof
• Minimum Energy Performance
• Optimize Energy Performance, HVAC
• Optimize Energy Performance, Lighting
• On-site Renewable Energy
• Green Power
• Recycled Content
• FSC Wood
• Daylight & Views
• Increased Ventilation
• Innovation in Design

Continuing education hours are available for self-reporting with the following organizations.

- GBCI 15 Continuing Education Units
- AIA 10 Learning Units
- IFMA 15 Points
- InterNACHI 15 Hours
- NCEES 15 Hours
- CMI 15 Hours
- IAC2 15 Hours
- IAC2 15 Hours

Our 100% Guarantee:

GreenStep and Poplar stand behind this program 100%.  Upon successful completion of the program, team members will receive a detailed letter of attestation from GreenStep describing your participation on the project.  If your letter is not accepted by GBCI, the original purchase price of the program will be refunded.  100% of our participants have been approved for their work, even those randomly selected for audit.

About the Instructor:

Alex Spilger is Principal and Founder of GreenStep and has worked on over 40 diverse LEED projects and taught over 70 green building workshops through organizations such as local chapters of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Sustainable Building Advisors Program and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business among others. His corporate clients include Google, Skype, Salesforce.com, Oracle and others. He has also developed curriculum for UC Berkeley Extension where he teaches a 6-week LEED Project Management course. His experience includes facilitating eco-charrettes, researching green building technologies and policy, and managing both the people and the processes involved with taking projects through LEED Certification.

USGBC Education Provider

Alex is an active member of the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC and serves on the USGBC Corresponding Committee for LEED-EBOM. He is also founding board member of GreenLaces.org, a non-profit committed to leveraging the visibility and influence of athletics to create positive change for the planet. Alex is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in BD+C, ID+C & EBOM, a USGBC NCC Faculty member, a Certified Green Building Professional, an AIA Continuing Education Provider, HERS Rater and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.



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