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Get to know the green courses to boost your career

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With most new buildings in the region adhering to strict green norms, there is a growing demand for professionals who are trained in environment ratings related to construction.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a globally recognized rating system that offers certifications for professionals in developing and maintaining green buildings. LEED conducts examinations not only for technical professionals but also for finance and other staff involved in green projects.

The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is awarded for green building expertise in a non-technical field of practice. There is no professional experience required to take the test. The LEED Accredited Professional (AP) is a sought-after credential among designers and civil engineers. One can opt for different specializations, which include building design and construction, and interior design. Unlike GA, one must have experience in LEED projects to take the test.

All LEED professionals are required to maintain their credentials by earning continuing education hours. GAs must earn 15 continuing education hours and APs must earn 30 continuing education hours within every two years of earning their credentials. LEED AP and GA tests are available in several training institutes in the UAE.

LEED credentials are important career growth tools for facility managers, building owners, developers, architects, engineers and sustainability consultants.

Handy Hints:

• LEED GA is aimed at non-technical professionals

• LEED AP is for designers, architects and engineers

• To maintain your credentials, study every two years

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Source: S. Dhar, Special to Classifieds

The writer is a freelancer