Drive Governmental Improvements

Help execute the vision for better performing public buildings. With this course, experienced building industry professionals working with the federal government become expert users of the Green Building Initiative┬« (GBI) Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) sustainable building assessment system. Once a designated Guiding Principles Compliance Professional TM (GPCP), you can offer clients your services as a consultant and project manager to facilitate the GPC building assessment process. If you work within a governmental agency, a GPCP designation provides continuing education credits and adds value to your position.

The GPCP training program is entirely web-based and self-paced. After completing the training program and passing the exam, certified GPCP candidates can receive for five LU | HSW continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The series covers Guiding Principles Compliance for both New Construction and Existing Buildings, and the training program includes:

  • Background, features, and major components of the GPC assessment program
  • Organization of GPC criteria and point allocation
  • Detailed explanation of GPC assessment process


The training is entirely web based and self-paced for a convenient and efficient learning environment.

  • Background, features, and major components of the GPC assessment program
  • Organization of GPC criteria and point allocation
  • Detailed explanation of GPC assessment process
  • Located within the course platform
  • 100 multiple choice, true/false and fill in the blank questions
  • Open book using Guiding Principles Compliance Professional Training Manual
  • An 80% passing grade is required for certification
  • All applicants will have two (2) opportunities to pass the final exam. If the exam is failed twice, then the applicant must pay a fee to gain access to the exam again.


The Guiding Principles Compliance Professional training course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 5 LU | HSW.


GPCP certification is valid for two years, at which point payment of biennial re-certification dues is required to maintain certification.


There are no minimum qualifications to become a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional.

However, it is encouraged that applicants have industry experience directly pertaining to commercial buildings in at least one of the following areas:

  • Architecture/Design
  • Facilities/Operations Management/Maintenance
  • Engineering Management
  • Construction Management
  • Building Materials/Components/Systems Manufacturing
  • Inspections/Auditing/Appraisals
  • Facility Planning
  • Energy Analysis
  • Commissioning
  • Sustainability/Environmental Management


  • As a GPCP, you are recognized as an expert user of the Guiding Principles Compliance programs and will earn further credibility with your clients.
  • Increase your professional value with a GPCP certification
  • All active GPCPs are listed in the Professional Certification Directory on the GBI website. Those interested in Guiding Principles verification hire from this list.
  • Demonstrate your support of the GBI and sustainability in the built environment. Connect with other GPCPs and exchange ideas and guidance on the Guiding Principles Compliance assessment and verification program.
  • Be the first to access educational materials and receive updates to the Guiding Principles Compliance Programs.  

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