About GA Certification
As you know, demand for greener products and services continues to rise. Building owners and occupants want greater energy efficiency. They also want healthier, more environmentally friendly buildings. As the green building industry grows, so does the market for certified building practitioners. Green Advantage® is helping to meet this demand by providing nationally recognized, non‐profit, independent certifications for individuals in the building industry.
Green Advantage (GA) now offers two independent certification exam options – the GA Certified Associate Exam™ - awarding the GACA™ designation and the GA Certified Practitioner Exam™ awarding the GACP™ designation.
GA Certified Associate™: The GACA Exam™ focuses on basic construction field principles, means, and methods that help ensure successful green building projects. Candidates for GACA™ certification are responsible for understanding the application of over 200 green building best practices. The exam emphasizes meeting and exceeding green project goals related to building performance, worker and occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs.
The GACA™ designation is valuable for tradespeople who wish to demonstrate their capability in green construction. The target audience for the GACA Exam™ also includes apprentices, construction students, and entry-level construction workers. The GACA™ designation is a qualifying credential for the GAFPS GA 3030 Construction Specification Standard (toward required GA Certified personnel percentage totals).
bi bbid™ GA Certified Practitioner™: The GACP Exam™ focuses on green building field principles, means, and methods that help ensure successful green building projects and reduce risks associated with green building. Candidates for GACP™ certification are responsible for understanding the application of over 600 green building best practices. The exam emphasizes meeting and exceeding green project goals related to building performance, worker and occupant health and safety, crew collaboration, and costs. The GACP™ designation is valuable for construction supervisory personnel who wish to demonstrate their capability in green construction. The target audience for the GACP Exam™ also includes architects, engineers, code officials, and advanced students. The GACP™ designation is a qualifying credential for the GAFPS GA30 Construction Specification Standard, the GAFPS 3030 Construction Specification Standard, and the LEED Innovation Credit (toward required GA C ertified personnel percentage totals).
Individuals can elect to take the GACA Exam™ to help prepare for the more rigorous GACP Exam™ .
All exam candidates are encouraged to thoroughly review the GACA or GACP Study Guide provided by Green Advantage prior to sitting for their exam. Green Advantage does not require exam candidates to enroll in training. However, Green Advantage recommends training to prepare for the exam. The GACA Exam is not a prerequisite for the GACP Exam. All GA Exams are administered in a closed book format.
"As a Green Advantage® Certified professional and Florida Water Star Inspector, I work with builders coordinating innovative water conservation ideas and sustainable concepts from a project's inception through its completion. My GACP credential brings added credibility allowing me to draw attention to the importance of green building. It's about making the right choice today, transforming the market, and making a difference in our communities.
I believe Green Advantage Certification offers us an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, and I am extremely excited to be part of this challenge."
Lorna Bravo, President
Design-Build Green Integration, LLC, Miami, FL.