Online Continuing Education and Green Education Leader RedVector Earns USGBC LEED-Specific Approval for New Course

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RedVector’s LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System course is now approved by the U.S. Green Building Council for 6 LEED-specific hours, adding to its robust USGBC-approved course lineup for engineering, design and construction professionals.

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System course is now approved for 6 LEED-specific hours under the LEED EB

We are pleased and excited to have this 6-hour online course approved for LEED-specific CMP hours. It’s important to offer courses like this one to help LEED professionals maintain their credentials through the convenience of online learning.

RedVector.com, the leader in online continuing education and green education for the architectural, engineering, and construction industries, announced recently that its new LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System course is now approved for 6 LEED-specific hours under the LEED EB: O+M specialty, as well as 6 Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) continuing education hours.

Current LEED accreditation requirements include 30 hours every 2 years (including 6 LEED-specific hours) for LEED APs with Specialty, and 15 hours every 2 years (including 3 LEED-specific hours) for LEED Green Associates.

To be approved by the USGBC, third-party courses must undergo a lengthy approval process to meet the USGBC’s “high standard for educational content and quality”. Courses must support the LEED Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) as well as target key learning points and reach a broad audience of professionals seeking LEED education and accreditation.

“With the release of LEED v3 approaching the two-year mark, many LEED professionals are coming due with Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) requirements,” says RedVector Director of Content Development Jeff Nippes. “Finding approved online LEED-specific courses—which require an additional layer of approval—can be challenging. We are pleased and excited to have this 6-hour online course approved for LEED-specific CMP hours. It’s important to offer courses like this one to help LEED professionals maintain their credentials through the convenience of online learning.”

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System highlights the fact that “98-99% of the nation’s building stock is composed of structures that are already built or near completion” and adheres to the most recent version of LEED certification released in April 2009 (LEED v3). It provides a detailed overview of sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; innovations in operations; and regional priority with regard to the operation and maintenance of existing U.S. buildings.

The USGBC & LEED
Founded in 1993, the USGBC is a private, non-profit organization whose LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program has become the benchmark for green building certification. LEED provides building owners and operators with “a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measureable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions”.

About RedVector
RedVector sets the standard for excellence in traditional and green online continuing education for licensed and certified professionals in the architecture, engineering and contractor arenas. A USGBC-approved provider with more than 70 online courses making up nearly 200 hours on green and sustainable design topics, RedVector serves more than 130,000 design and construction professionals with accurate, engaging, interactive educational content. The recipient of numerous community honors and industry awards, RedVector was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For further information call 1-866-546-1212 or visit http://www.redvector.com.

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