The Green Globes Emerging Professional (GGEP) program is designed for college students pursuing a design, engineering, construction management, and/or sustainability degree, although students in any discipline are welcome. GGEP candidates may also be architects, engineers, or sustainability professionals early in their career who do not have the 5 years of experience required to become a Green Globes Professional (GGP). The GGEP training program includes topics such as the importance of green building, an introduction to GBI and the Green Globes certification system, and sustainability concepts. This introductory certification is an excellent way for participants to become familiar with the background, topics, terminology, and processes related to Green Globes prior to becoming active in the green building community and earning the Green Globes Professional certification. 


  • The training is entirely web based and self-paced for convenient and efficient learning
  • Exposure to green building and Green Globes terminology
  • The importance of sustainable design and construction
  • Background, flexibility features, and Green Globes assessment process
  • Key concepts, organization of Green Globes criteria, and point allocations
  • Elements of GBI’s user-friendly Green Globes software


  • Located within the course platform
  • 50 multiple choice, true/false and fill-in-the-blank questions
  • Open book using the Green Globes Emerging Professional Training Manual
  • An 80% passing grade is required for certification


The Green Globes Emerging Professional training course has been approved by:

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 5 LU | HSW
  • The Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) for 5 CEU hours



  • This course is intended for college students interested in sustainability and green building certification and/or professionals who do not have the required five years industry experience.


  • Become familiar with the Green Globes certification, a rapidly expanding whole building sustainability certification
  • Earn a designation to differentiate you from your peers and prepare you for your career
  • Diversify your green building resources and prepare yourself to become a future Green Globes Professional
  • Connect with other GGEPs and have access to green building mentors within the GBI community


  • Green Globes Emerging Professional Certification package - $50
    • Includes manual, online training, final exam and up to 5 years of certification


  • GGEP certification is valid for up to five years or until the minimum requirements have been achieved to become eligible for Green Globes Professional (GGP) certification.
  • At the time of GGP certification, GGEPs will complete the application and pay the $75 application fee. If GGP requirements have been met, enrolling GGEPs will be granted $250 toward the full price of GGP certification ($500 vs $750), and two complimentary years of certification
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  • Renewal is required every two years after initial certification to maintain GGP credential and membership benefits including access to updated training materials and listing in online directory.