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

5 Benefits of a GPCP Certification

  1. As a GGP / GPCP, you are recognized as an expert user of the Green Globes or Guiding Principles Compliance programs and will earn further credibility with your clients.
  2. Increase your professional value with a GGP / GPCP certification
  3. All active GGPs / GPCPs are listed in the Professional Certification Directory on the GBI website. Those interested in Green Globes certification/ Guiding Principles verification hire from this list.
  4. Demonstrate your support of GBI and sustainability in the build environment. Connect with other GGPs/ GPCPs and exchange ideas and guidance on the Green Globes assessment and certification system.
  5. Be the first to access educational materials and receive updates to the Green Globes or Guiding Principles Compliance programs. 


 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

All applicants will have two (2) opportunities to pass the final exam. If the exam is failed twice, than the applicant must pay a fee to gain access to the exam again.