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LEED Green Associate Course: $385
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The LEED® test is changing June 15, 2014 – and getting harder!
Get the prestigious Green Associate and Accredited Professional credentials now!
Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is the world's foremost green building standard, designed by U.S. Green Building Council. This course trains you to become a LEED professional.
To become LEED® accredited:
After becoming a Green Associate, you may go on to become a LEED® accredited professional. This requires work experience on a LEED® project. Our teacher, Kristen, has helped dozens of qualified students obtain LEED® internships.
NYREI's LEED course is also continuing ed for construction professions and real estate. LEED (15 hours) + Green Architecture CE (7.5 hours) + Green Fair Housing (3 hours) = 22.5 hours for Real Estate license renewal
NYREI's students boast a very high pass rate on the challenging accreditation test. Classes are small, with plenty of interaction, individual attention and a fun learning environment. The teacher, Kristen Bacorn, has worked on hundreds of environmental projects. Through her original slide show, you will take "virtual fieldtrips" to water treatment plants, brownfields, and the world's first LEED® residential high-rise.
The course is organized in four classes (15 hours) which can be taken in any order, so students can join any time. Classes are usually offered once a month, afternoons and evenings. You can finish the course in 2 days – or – if you are not free in the afternoon, for example, you can take only evening classes, which means you will attend two evenings one month and the other two evenings in the following month.
As of 2013, there were only 20,000 Green Associates in the world…You can be one!
For more info, call the instructor Kristen Bacorn at 917.209.8585 or email Kristen@GreenEstateConsulting.com
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is the world’s foremost green building standard. It was developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
How do I become LEED accredited?
After you take our course, you will receive a certificate of completion allowing you to register for the USGBC test. You will receive a certificate from USGBC/GBCI when you pass the 3rd party test(s).
What is the difference between Green Associate and LEED Accredited Professional (AP)?
Green Associate “demonstrate[s] green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.” It shows “basic knowledge of green design, construction, and operations.” LEED AP signifies “an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices.” At NYREI, we say Green Associate and AP are similar to Real Estate Salesperson and Broker. They both study Real Estate, but Salespersons learn the basics, and Brokers go into more depth and have experience.
If LEED Accredited Professional (AP) is better, can I skip Green Associate?
No. The LEED AP course builds on Green Associate. After you pass Green Associate, you may take our LEED AP course which is offered by appointment to small groups.
What does the price include?
Our Green Associate course is 4 sessions, 3.75 hours each for a total of 15 hours. All our reading and study materials are included in the price. The 3rd party exam fee is not included. The teacher, Kristen Bacorn, has worked on hundreds of green projects and is a recognized expert in the field. She is known for mentoring her students to get started in the industry. The class is fun and entertaining as well as informative.
What is the 3rd party exam?
Although U.S. Green Building Council developed LEED, they do not give tests. Tests are held at a professional testing facility called Prometric, a few blocks from NYREI. Prometric has dozens of computer cubicles offering all kinds of exams, and you may take the LEED exams whenever they have a free appointment for you. You may sign up for the exam after taking our class and getting a certificate of completion. Exam procedures are thoroughly discussed in the class.
Do I have to study in addition to taking the course?
Yes - absolutely. It isn’t possible for any school to give you all the information you need to pass in 2 days, considering that most architects study 3 months. We will teach you the material and give you tips on important things you must know, but it is up to you to read and study hard.
How long should I study?
That is a subjective question. It depends on how much free time you have, how well you can memorize, and other factors. However, do NOT fall into the trap of thinking that if you are very smart or a fast learner you don’t have to study. The exams are HARD. Most architecture and engineering firms encourage study for at least 2-3 months.
If I need more study, can I just sit in on the class again for free?
No. Some students think if they return without signing the attendance sheet it won’t hurt anyone. That’s not true - it hurts the other students, the teacher and the school. As a result, we scrutinize the attendance sheets.
We understand that students enjoy the class enough to take it two or three times. As one student put it, “I would rather pay to take the class twice than pay to take the exam twice.” Therefore, you may repeat the course for half price. If for some reason you fail the exam, we will allow you to repeat the class for free.
What are the exams like?
Green Associate and LEED AP exams are both multiple choice. However, they are often structured as, “Choose 3 out of 7,” instead of the traditional 1 choice out of 4. Both exams are very, very hard.
Most estimates are that only about 35% of AP test-takers pass. That means 65% FAIL ! Our school has a documented pass rate that ranges between 85-95%. While many schools – especially online courses - claim a 90+ pass rate, we have observed that most do not engage in any systematic follow-up with their students as we do. If for some reason you do not pass the 3rd party exam, you may take it again in accordance with USGBC/GBCI rules.
How can I qualify for the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) exam?
To take the AP exam, you must first take the Green Associate exam, even if you take it on the same day. You also must show experience working on a LEED project. Since there are only about 700 LEED buildings out of a total of about a million buildings in New York City, it is not easy to get on a LEED project team. The easiest way is with an unpaid internship. Our LEED teacher has helped dozens of qualified students become interns. Please be aware:
What kind of job can I get? How much can I earn?
It used to be that mostly architects and engineers became LEED accredited. But now, LEED touches every profession. Building owners want to hire people who understand green, from property managers to brokers, bankers, decorators, contractors, appraisers, home inspectors and more. It is not possible to give a specific figure on earnings, as LEED consultants make widely different amounts depending on their skills, experience, size of project, and other considerations.
Green credentials do get employers’ attention. If you can take only one career enrichment course, we recommend this course to help you obtain a LEED certificate. LEED accreditation shows you have mastered complicated material!
How can I find out more?
We urge you to read the USGBC/GBCI website thoroughly. In particular, you may read the Green Associate Handbook http://www.gbci.org/Libraries/Candidate_Handbooks/LEED_Green_Associate_Candidate_Handbook.sflb.ashx.
These FAQs are based on information provided by USGBC/GBCI. However, their policies and rules are subject to change at any time without notice or publication.(3) If you need clarification on any subjects addressed in this document, please call USGBC/GBCI at 800 795 1747.
We look forward to seeing you in our class!
3.The information contained herein is provided as a courtesy for discussion purposes only and has been obtained from sources we deem reliable. However, although we have no reason to doubt its accuracy, no attempt has been made to validate it; we do not guarantee it and make no representations or warranties, expressed or implied, as to its accuracy. The recipient should carefully verify each item herein, as well as all other information necessary with appropriate professionals as well as the groups responsible for setting policies and releasing data.
Kristen Bacorn has been called one of the pioneers of the green architecture movement.
Kristen has over 35 years’ experience as a practicing environmentalist, starting in the 1970s when she performed energy research for a foreign oil producer and provided consulting for clients such as the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In architecture school, she created environmentally conscious designs and received a university- wide award for architectural theory. In her master’s degree work at Harvard, she performed original research on critical environmental issues in New York City.
Kristen worked on the construction site of the nation's first green residential hi-rise, The Solaire, and wrote the first environmental architecture course to be accepted by NY Dept. of State. Kristen teaches at State University of New York and has addressed the United Nations and been a featured speaker at the annual Javits Center Construction Expo. Her writing has been published in Newsweek, and she has granted exclusive interviews to national publications such Wall Street Journal.
When not teaching LEED at NYREI, Kristen assists private clients – mostly large Fortune 500 firms – in greening their building portfolio. She takes great pleasure in helping others get started in environmental careers, bringing enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. Kristen invites you to join this exciting exploration of ways to green our built environment.
Kristen Bacorn Email: Kristen@GreenEstateConsulting.com Tel: 917.209.8585
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