First Cohort of Certified Sustainability Professionals Announced By International Society of Sustainability Professionals

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Seasoned Sustainability Professionals from Around the World Successfully Complete Rigorous Testing to Earn ISSP-CSP Designation

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ISSP's Sustainability Professional Certification designations assure those who hire and employ sustainability professionals that they are getting qualified and talented sustainability professionals with skills they can quantify and expect.

The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) announced the names of more than 50 people in the first group to earn the ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) designation. As part of the world’s first globally recognized certification program for sustainability professionals, members of this inaugural cohort of ISSP-CSPs have successfully demonstrated a combination of sustainability-related work experience, formal education, recommendations from their peers and have also achieved a passing grade on both the ISSP Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA) and ISSP Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP) tests. Earlier this year, ISSP honored the first group of more than 130 sustainability professionals who successfully qualified for ISSP-SA designation.

The ISSP-CSP and ISSP-SA beta testing processes are open to all members of ISSP through March 31, 2016. When the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification program is fully launched later this year, anyone interested in pursuing ISSP-SA or ISSP-CSP designations will be able to apply.

"I'm thrilled to be part of the first ISSP-CSP cohort and contribute to the development of this certification,” said Beth Knight, Head of Corporate Sustainability for EY’s financial services business in EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India & Africa). “It's a critical step to moving the sustainability profession forward, particularly in establishing a universal standard of practice across geographies and sectors, and also adding a much needed credential for skilled sustainability professionals."

“ISSP’s Sustainability Professional Certification designations assure those who hire and employ sustainability professionals that they are getting qualified and talented sustainability professionals with skills they can quantify and expect,” said Maureen Hart, Executive Director of ISSP. “This Certification is the result of a multi-year, open, transparent process involving hundreds of sustainability professionals and partner organizations worldwide in defining the core competencies of sustainability professionals and developing the test content and administrative processes.”

About ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification
The ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification is recognition of achievement and competency for both new and experienced professionals that goes beyond the completion of coursework (i.e. a “certificate”). Certification requires ongoing maintenance and commitment to professional development and learning, similar to other professional certifications. Here's a look at the two levels of ISSP Professional Certification.

  • Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA): For individuals who are relatively new to the field of sustainability but have sufficient education and training to pass a test on core knowledge and understanding of key sustainability concepts.
  • Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP): A designation for experienced sustainability practitioners who demonstrate a combination of sustainability-related work experience, formal education and recommendations for peers. Obtaining the ISSP-CSP also requires a passing grade on the ISSP-SA and ISSP-CSP tests.

Both certifications require ongoing maintenance in the form of CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits) that will be verified every three years, and can be achieved through a number of vehicles, as described in the ISSP Sustainability Professional Beta Test Candidate Handbook.

A current list of organizations and individuals that support the ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification program can be found here. ISSP continues to invite collaboration with sustainability professionals and like-minded organizations who are interested in joining ISSP and its members in supporting the Certification effort.

To learn more about and register for ISSP Sustainability Professional Certification, visit http://bit.ly/1I0zVtj.

About ISSP
The International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) is the world's leading professional association for sustainability professionals. ISSP is a member-driven association committed to moving the profession of sustainability forward by leading the design and delivery of sustainability professional certification, and by building strong networks and communities of practice. Webinars, online courses, a sustainability educational certificate, sustainability professional body of knowledge, special reports, resource directories and salary surveys are just a sampling of the rich content offered to members. Formed in 2007, ISSP boasts almost 1000 members from every region of the world.

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