LEED Green Associate Exam Prep (Online)


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NEXT CLASS BEGINS - 9/2/2014

Description:  

Acquire the fundamental concepts of green building. Then prepare yourself to take the Green Associate exam and earn the LEED Green Associate credential from the Green Building Certification Institute. The course is intended for design, construction and real estate professionals, building owners, or anyone who wants to develop their knowledge in this area. 

You will examine case studies of LEED certified building projects, concepts of integrated design, third-party verification and the LEED administration process. Kelly Gearhart, your instructor, holds the designations LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, and will answer your questions in the online discussion.

Two month online course. Kelly S. Gearhart, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Instructor.


Directional Arrows Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and fundamental strategies in LEED
  2. Understand the relationships and synergies between LEED credits
  3. Be able to explain the function of the integrated design approach
  4. Identify and explain the major policies and regulations that govern green building
  5. Be able to describe the LEED project certification process and identify the resources available to project teams.
  6. Be qualified and prepared to sit for the Green Associate Exam from the Green Building Certification Institute.

Puzzle Pieces  Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  1. Possess the information necessary to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and fundamental strategies in LEED
  2. Understand the relationships and synergies between LEED credits
  3. Be able to explain the function of the integrated design approach
  4. Have identified and explained the major policies and regulations that govern green building
  5. Have the knowledge necessary to describe the LEED project certification process and identify the resources available to project teams
  6. Be qualified and prepared to sit for the Green Associate Exam from the Green Building Certification Institute

outlineCourse Outline

Supporting Topics in all Units include:

  • Primary references
  • Case studies of LEED certified building projects
  • Concepts of integrated design
  • Project team approach
  • LEED champions
  • Third-party verification
  • LEED administration process
  • Exam Preparation

 Unit 1

  • Introduction and Project Site Factors
  • Introduction to LEED
  • Community Connectivity
  • Zoning Requirements
  • Development

Unit 2

  • Water Management
  • Types and Quality of Water
  • Water Management

Unit 3

  • Project Systems and Energy Impacts
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Green Power

Unit 4

  • Acquisition, Installation and Management of Project Materials
  • Recycled Materials
  • Locally Harvested and Manufactured Materials
  • Construction Waste Management

Unit 5

  • Improvements to the Indoor Environment
  • Ventilation
  • Pollutants
  • Indoor Air Quality During Construction
  • Indoor Air Quality Before Occupancy

Unit 6

  • Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation & Project Surroundings and Public Outreach 
  • Integrated Project Team Criteria
  • Durability Planning and Management
  • Innovative and Regional Design
  • Codes

Unit 7

  • LEED Certification Process
  • Project Requirements and Resources
  • Costs
  • Project Resources
  • Standards

Unit 8

  • Green Associate Exam Preparation
  • Credentials
  • USGBC and GBCI
  • Exam Application and Eligibility Requirements
  • What to Expect on Exam Day
  • After the Exam

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Calendar Participate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

Checklist What you will do

  1. In the online classroom, listen to audio lectures, view slides, even take an optional quiz to test yourself.
  2. Then post comments in the online discussion with your fellow participants and the instructor.  Your instructor logs on at least once a day to answer questions and join in on the discussion.
  3. Readings are assigned for each day from the textbooks provided at registration.

  4. Participate any time of day or night. The ideal is to go online 2-3 times a day since they are week-long courses, but you decide.

Discussion Discussion

The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each week to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy! It’s fun.

Mac Mini Technical Requirements

  • Internet access with Internet Explorer; Firefox Mozilla; or Safari web browser.
  • Access to Flash needed for audio and slide presentations.
  • Speakers to listen to audio.


About the Instructor

Kelly S. Gearhart
, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M,
a Principal with Triple Green Building Group, a green building consulting firm with locations in the San Francisco Bay area, Savannah, Georgia and Sophia, Bulgaria.

Gearhart is a USGBC LEED Faculty member, Instructor for the University of California, former Manager of Commercial Green Building Services at Southface Energy Institute, Inc. and has been involved with green building education, technical assistance, and leadership since 2005.

Accredited in the new Building Design + Construction and Existing Buildings: Operations + Maintenance programs, she has taught over 50 full-day and multi-day LEED courses, facilitated seven full-day and multi-day green building charrettes, presented at 12 conferences, consulted with more than 100 clients on green building strategies and worked on 25 LEED registered and certified projects across the U.S. and internationally.


Who Should Attend:

This course covers the fundamental concepts of green building and is intended for design, construction and real estate professionals, building owners, or anyone who wants to develop their knowledge in this area.  


 

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Schedule:

Fall Session: 9/2/2014 - 10/24/2014
(Late Registration Deadline: 9/1/2014)

 



 

Tuition:

$695