It’s not easy being green, or is it?

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Eleanor Sakhri
Property Management

By year-end, it is our goal to have 100 new LEED Accredited Professionals in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Mid-Atlantic region. This type of training takes a lot of time and effort. So, how do you get it done? Here’s how to set up successful training:

  • Evaluate the training methods: online, at-home study and classroom.  With everyone’s busy schedule, we decided a classroom course would be the most effective approach.
  • Hire experienced trainers. A Jones Lang LaSalle referral, Ampagen Solutions was hired to be the instructor.  Ampagen was terrific.  They provided introductory emails and weekly homework assignments leading up to the three week course.
  • Read the material and study consistently. The course helped us remember the key materials; however the course book became the most valuable tool in preparing for the exam. We also took practice exams through, organized small study groups and created flashcards.

Some participants didn’t wait long and took the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) exam quickly.  From the 50+ participants who took the course, about 20 percent already passed their LEED Green Associate exam, and we expect nearly all to pass within a few months.  One willing participant took it a step further and passed their LEED AP-O&M specialty exam.   

Lessons learned:  Stay on top of the reading material before taking the course and don’t delay taking the exam.  The longer you wait, the more you lose.

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